Jayne Brooks Memorial Food Pantry
For almost two decades our Pantry has been recognized as a major source of help for anybody in Dutchess County who faces food insecurity. Except during drastic weather emergencies, our dedicated volunteers are ready without fail, every Friday from 10:00 to 1:00, to provide food for all who need it. During periods of special challenge, like the early weeks of Covid and the recession of 2007, the number of households served each week has sometimes far exceeded 100; inflated prices for housing, fuel and retail food can create similar challenges. On typical weeks we serve between 50 and 70 households, with numbers tending to rise in the late fall and drop in the early spring. From week to week there is little predictability, but our volunteers are fully prepared to serve all who come— many from communities outside of Rhinebeck itself.
A primary goal of the Pantry is to maintain a spirit of friendly hospitality. That spirit is reflected in our (always non-sectarian) manner of cheerfully greeting everyone, and also in the abundance, quality, and variety of the food we offer. Families select the foods they want from a wide array of perishables that include locally-grown seasonal produce, eggs, frozen meat, and fresh dairy like milk and cheese. Our non-perishable staples range from soup to rice to canned salmon to toothpaste. Some people might select only a few much-needed items to supplement a temporarily over-stretched budget; for others the Pantry may be their chief source of food during a time of serious emergency.
Our parish is able to offer this service not only because of volunteer effort, but also because of the support the Pantry receives from the whole Rhinebeck-area community—from local farmers, retailers, orchards, agencies, and very generous individual donors. We are extremely grateful.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
The presence of any third-party during Food Pantry does not imply an endorsement or recommendation of their organization, products, or services by the Jayne Brooks Food Pantry.
When & Where
Fridays from 10AM – 1PM
Church of Messiah parking lot
6436 Montgomery St. in Rhinebeck
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Support the Food Pantry!
To make financial contributions, online donations may be made at Donorbox.org/feed-dutchess OR make checks payable to the “Church of the Messiah” with the memo “Food Pantry” and mail to Church of the Messiah, P.O. Box 248, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. Click HERE for more detailed info about making donations.
We are extremely grateful to the community for its significant support of the Food Pantry and we graciously welcome contributions of cash, food, and other household necessities on behalf of our clients.
Because we obtain most of our stock from the Regional Food Bank, cash contributions can be used to purchase goods at prices below retail. Cash contributions may be made online at Donorbox.org/feed-dutchess OR by check:
Payable to: Church of the Messiah
Memo: Food Pantry
Mail to: Church of the Messiah, P.O. Box 248, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
We are frequently asked by donors what goods the Pantry most needs. We appreciate whatever our supporters give, but there are certain staples that are popular, or difficult for us to stock at discounted cost. The below items are most helpful to us. Please keep in mind: we are only able to accept non-perishable shelf stable foods unless donors make special arrangements; small to medium sized containers provide the most flexibility since we cannot reapportion food: and food items past their “best by” dates unfortunately must often be discarded.
- Canned chicken
- Hearty soups
- Peanut butter
- Jelly and jam
- Cooking oil
- Cold cereal
- Canned tomatoes
- Pudding mix
- Bar soap
- Dog food
- Cat food
Thank you very much for your support. We hope that you find this information helpful.
— The Jayne Brooks Food Pantry Volunteer Group