Musicians prepare to help local pantry as need for food rises


POUGHKEEPSIE – Several musicians have signed on to perform at the 14th Foodstock to benefit Dutchess Outreach and the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie.  The Foodstock concert is taking place on Saturday, November 13, at The Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie.

Attendees to the show featuring six different bands will be required to show proof of COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test that was taken no more than 72 hours before the show.  The performers and promoters are encouraging everyone to bring non-perishable food items to the theater where it will be collected for use at the Dutchess Outreach food pantry.

The 2021 Foodstock show is headlined by two-time Grammy nominee Tracy Bonham and will have performances by Sirsy, Albino Love Slaves, Snaphammer, Denis Fab, with the opening act of Davey & Gonzales.  The concert, sponsored by Tuthilltown Spirits Distillery, will also have a variety of merchandise and raffles, with the proceeds going to the Foodstock Fund.  Tickets for the event are $20 each.  They can be purchased in advance by clicking here.  Doors open at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.  For those that cannot attend, donations can be made by clicking here.

“Sirsy performs at Foodstock every year because it feels good to do good. And the passion and sense of community that Ryan & Lorenzo have for helping others is contagious. It’s a love fest and we’re honored to be invited back every year,” said Melanie Krahmer, who, with her husband Richard Libutti, are known as crowd-favorite, Sirsy.

Melanie Krahmer and Richard Libutti of SIRSY

Dutchess Outreach Director Renee Fillette told Mid Hudson News that the number of people that are served by the pantry has continued to climb since the COVID pandemic triggered an economic crisis for many Hudson Valley residents.  “We are seeing a tremendous increase in the number of people seeking our services and the food pantry is struggling to keep up with the demand,” Fillette said.

Foodstock founders Ryan Michael and Lorenzo Angelino began the annual event in response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  “We felt the need to help those that were devastated by Katrina.  After the first Foodstock, Lorenzo and I decided to help the less fortunate here in the Hudson Valley.  Dutchess Outreach meets the needs we try to address including hunger and clothing,” said Ryan Michael.

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