Dutchess Responds Food Connection Delivers 10,000+ meals to families during COVID-19

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Dutchess Responds Food Connection, established in March as a one-stop connection between food resources in the community and those with a critical need for food and other necessities during the COVID-19 pandemic, has delivered more than 10,000 meals to local families in less than two months.

To date, the Dutchess Responds Food Connection has received 506 requests for food and made 707 deliveries, averaging 18 deliveries per day; each delivery consists of three meals per day for three days.

Residents in need of food resources can request free deliveries of meals by filling out an online form or by calling the Dutchess County Coronavirus Hotline at (845) 486-3555 and selecting Option 5.

“While the COVID-19 pandemic has tested our county like never before, it has also shone a light on residents’ generosity and selflessness as #DutchessResponds to these unprecedented times,” said County Executive Marcus Molinaro. “Just as the need for food resources has increased as the pandemic has touched every corner of our nation, and indeed our county, so too has Dutchess County’s response, delivering more than 10,000 meals to residents in need. We thank those who have supported our Dutchess Responds Food Connection, as well as the magnanimous staff and volunteers who travel throughout the County to deliver these critical meals every weekday.”

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