Dutchess Outreach Celebrates 50 Years in Service!

February 28, 2024

[POUGHKEEPSIE, NEW YORK]: Dutchess Outreach is excited to be celebrating 50 years of service to the Dutchess Community!  Dutchess Outreach began in 1974 and was officially incorporated in 1981. What started as a small but necessary pantry has grown into a self-choice Food Pantry that averages 1,500 monthly visits. Our Lunch Box serves hundreds of […] Read More

Dutchess Outreach Hosts First-Ever Food Pantry Gathering

February 6, 2024

Dutchess Outreach, the largest food security organization in Dutchess County, hosted the first Food Pantry Gathering in January. Food pantries representing all regions of the county were invited to the Carey Institute in Millbrook to come together and discuss common goals and priorities to end food insecurity. Natasha Pernicka, Executive Director of the Alliance for […] Read More

Dutchess Outreach Celebrating Fresh Market Trailer’s New Home

November 9, 2023

A Ribbon Cutting ceremony will be held at Sun River Health in Amenia (3360 NY-343, Amenia, NY 12501) on November 15 at 2PM to celebrate, in partnership with Sun River Health, the opening of the first Dutchess Outreach Mobile Food Pantry. The Mobile Pantry will provide local, fresh produce and shelf stable food to anyone […] Read More

Partnership brings local food to families

February 2, 2023

Thanks to a partnership with Dutchess Outreach, Poughkeepsie City School District Community Schools Department provided about 200 bags of food to city residents Friday. To read more http://bit.ly/3wRWiye Read More

New Director of Development & Communications

January 25, 2023

Dutchess Outreach is thrilled to announce our new Director of Development & Communications, Jeanne Traugot, who started in fall 2022. Jeanne manages our existing grant and donor portfolio while also increasing funding to support the growing needs of our programs. Jeanne also focuses on ensuring the organization’s communication efforts coincide with the organization’s mission and […] Read More

A newly formed coalition- The Alliance for a Hunger Free New York

January 12, 2023

Renee S. Fillette, Ph.D., executive director of Dutchess Outreach, said, “Forming a collaborative of food security providers is perhaps the single most important initiative since the beginning of emergency food relief services. For decades, agencies have operated in silos without the benefit of learning from one another. Together, we can, and will, advocate for strong policies to […] Read More

Dutchess Outreach food pantry in critical need of supplies

August 16, 2022

A Poughkeepsie food pantry is running out of food and is seeking donations while the executive director continues to lobby local, county, and state officials for additional funding to help meet the increased demand for food. Dutchess Outreach Executive Director Renee Fillette told Mid-Hudson News that their pantry is running out of both non-perishable and […] Read More


June 11, 2021

Thanks to the Nourish New York Farm to Food Bank program Dutchess Outreach has distributed more than 26,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables through our food pantry to date. “Sarah A. Salem of Dutchess Outreach, the county’s largest food access organization that has operated for nearly 50 years, called the bill’s passage “transformational” for […] Read More


January 4, 2021

October 30, 2020                    Poughkeepsie, NY – The Board of Directors of Dutchess Outreach has elected Owen T. Clarke Director Emeritus.  Mr. Clarke, who is a financial consultant and a former bank trust officer, served multiple terms as a board member between 1987 and 2014, with two stints as Chairman of the Board of Directors and […] Read More

Board of Directors Appoints New Executive Director

December 10, 2020

The Dutchess Outreach Board of Directors is proud to appoint Dr. Renee Fillette as the Executive Director of the organization. Renee will take the role as our Executive Director of 31 years, Brian Riddell, begins his next adventure in retirement. The Board thanks Brian Riddell for the years of service and work. Renee Fillette is […] Read More

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