POUGHKEEPSIE – The Junior League of Poughkeepsie has collected donations on behalf of Dutchess Outreach for their “Operation Holiday Box” initiative.
Dutchess Outreach acts as a catalyst for community revitalization and exists in Dutchess County as an advocate and provider of hunger and relief services in order to ensure that everyone, regardless of income, has access to fresh, healthy food, and the support they need. The organization operates a food pantry and the Lunch Box, a place where those in need can get prepared lunches and dinners at no charge.
Junior League President-elect Jacqueline Altwerger said “Now more than ever, people need help. We chose Dutchess Outreach because of their record of helping the community. Tara Whalen, Associate Director of Dutchess Outreach responded, saying “Working with community partners like the Junior League of Poughkeepsie has allowed us to continue our efforts of helping those in need. We are lucky to have partners such as the Junior League.”
The Junior League had two drop off locations; one at Houlihan Lawrence in LaGrangeville, and one at Poughkeepsie PROS. Additionally, members were able to send items directly to Dutchess Outreach via Amazon or retail stores as a way to promote social distancing and keeping members safely at home.
In all, the Junior League was able to donate around seven full boxes of toiletries, non-perishable food, diapers, gift cards, and so many other items that will benefit Dutchess Outreach and support their mission.
Past Operation Holiday Box recipients include Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, Poughkeepsie Day Nursery, Adopt a Family thru Dutchess County Family Court, Child Abuse Prevention Center, House of Hope, and Hudson Valley Hero Project.