29 North Hamilton Street, Garden Wing
Poughkeepsie, NY

LUNCH:      To-Go, 11:15 am- 1:00 pm, Monday-Friday

                      To-Go, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm, Sunday                            

DINNER:    To-Go, 5 pm-6 pm, Monday-Friday


The Lunch Box, our community meal program, provides a hot lunch and dinner 5 days a week for anyone who needs one within Dutchess County. Open Monday-Friday and on most holidays to ensure that all Poughkeepsie residents are able to enjoy a delicious prepared from scratch meal.

We are committed to providing complete and nutritious meals for all individuals, sourcing a majority of our ingredients from our own urban farm as well as from other local Hudson Valley farms.

Through the last 7 months, the Lunch Box adjusted operations in order to continue to provide prepared meals to our patrons through the Coronavirus Pandemic and is currently providing meals-to-go, for pickup out in from of the Family Partnership Center.


Last year, The Lunch Box provided over 63,000 meals.

That’s a daily average of over 300 meals daily.

Our Lunch Box is coordinated by our Lunch Box Manager and Lunch Box Program assistant. They help to ensure its smooth daily operations, coordinate the ordering and donation of foods, and manage volunteers.  

Volunteers include Marist students, Vassar students, CIA students who help cook the meals, athletes and clubs, local residents and churches, and more. Volunteers help us procure, prep, cook, and serve meals.

Click here to Volunteer


“When Covid-19 reached Dutchess County, the number of meals served through the Lunch Box jumped overnight. While implementing new protocols to keep staff, volunteers, and clients safe, we worked to meet the growing demand for fresh and nourishing meals through our lunch and dinner services. Throughout the spring, summer, and fall, the Lunch Box team has enjoyed incorporating local produce into our menus. No matter what’s being served, it’s a group effort, and the dedication of our volunteers is what makes our work possible. “

-Amy Lipman, Lunch Box Manager


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