Donations Amidst COVID-19

During this global pandemic, and community crisis, we have had to slow or put a temporary pause on our acceptance of certain items for donation.

We have adjusted our Donations policy and guidelines to ensure the safety of our community.

In general, we very much appreciate donations and could not do the work that we do without them. That said, we have a very small staff and do not have the resources to handle and properly dispose of items that we cannot easily give away. This has been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We require that donors call in and make an appointment to drop off donations and that at least 5 BUSINESS DAYS advance notice is given. If at all possible, donors are encouraged to count and value the items before they bring them.

The times to drop off with an appointment are:

  • Food Pantry: 1:30 to 3:30 pm Monday through Friday, 9 am to 11 am Wednesdays. Call 845-454-3792 or email Teresa@dutchessoutreach.org to make an appointment. 
  • Lunch Box: 1 pm to 4 pm Monday through Friday. Call 845-454-3792 and ask to be transferred to the Lunch Box or email amy@dutchessoutreach.org to make an appointment. 

 

NOTE: WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING CLOTHING DONATIONS AT THIS TIME.

 

For our updated Donation Policy and Guidelines DONATION POLICY

 

If you are interested in hosting a drive for the items listed above on our behalf, please call 845-454-3792.

 

Thank you.

Children’s Clothes Donations WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING CLOTHING DONATIONS.

The Children’s Clothing Closet is always in need of new or gently worn clothing for children of all ages—from infants to toddlers, and teens. We ask that all clothing be clean, on hangers whenever possible, and with sizing tags visible. 

Food Donations

The Beverly Closs Memorial Food Pantry accepts all types of non-perishable foods and provides local families with the ability to keep their family fed and healthy during times of hardship.  Protein items are always an important item that we can never have enough of on our shelves. The items listed here are especially in need to ensure our clients receive nutritionally dense meals;

  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Large cans of Meat Ravioli
  • Large cans of Soup (such as Chunky Campbell’s Soup or Progresso)
  • Canned Beef Stew
  • Canned Chili with Meat
  • Canned Corn Beef Hash
  • Canned Tuna
  • Canned Potatoes/Yams
  • Canned or Instant Macaroni and Cheese
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Canned Fruits & Vegetables
  • Cereal
  • Pasta

In addition, toiletries such as soap, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner,  and deodorant are also great items for the pantry as food stamp restrictions prohibit those types of purchases.

If you have food or personal care items to donate or would like to sponsor a collection event, please contact us at 845.454.3792 for more information.  

Donations may also be dropped off at our 29 N. Hamilton Street, Suite 220 location, but please call ahead to make an appointment so we have adequate staff to assist you. We can also meet you at the lower level of the building with a cart to collect large donations.

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