POUGHKEEPSIE – The New York State Police in Troop K are once again be hosting a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. food donation drive. This year, the donations will benefit Dutchess Outreach in Poughkeepsie.
Dutchess Outreach has operated emergency food access and relief programs in Dutchess County for more than 46 years. The past 18 months have placed an enormous burden on food banks throughout the region, including the one at Dutchess Outreach. Executive Director Renee Fillette, after learning that Dutchess Outreach was this year’s beneficiary of the Troop K food drive said “We can’t thank Troop K enough for this food drive. In December over 864 households visited our food pantry, compared to pre-pandemic averages of 250 per month.” The increased volume put a strain on the inventory. “We could not keep up with such a huge increase in need without this support from our community. It would be impossible. We are deeply grateful for all that Troop K does to keep us safe, and to help us keep our neighbors with food on their tables.”
In Dutchess County, 26,130 individuals or 8.8 percent of the population suffer from food insecurity. Dutchess Outreach acts as an advocate and provider of hunger and relief programs in order to ensure that everyone, regardless of income, has access to fresh, healthy food, and the support they need.
If you would like to donate, Troop K will be accepting new and unopened food or financial contributions in the form of grocery store gift cards (please no cash or checks), between January 31, 2022, and February 11, 2022, at Troop K Headquarters, 2541 Route 44, Salt Point, NY, 12578. Items can also be donated at any Troop K installation. For a list of the locations, click HERE.