Sunday, October 18th
DCIC CROP Walk For Hunger raised $55,685 in 2014, let's do it again this year!
The CROP Walk is a community-wide event, organized by DCIC since 1975, to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world.It is sponsored by Church World Service. This 6.3 mile walk begins and ends at the Hudson Valley Community Center in Poughkeepsie. There are three stops along the route with access to bathrooms and water.
To register and for more information please visit:


Dutchess Outreach is Growing to Meet Community Needs

  1. Poughkeepsie Plenty Fresh Market: "a mobile market that supplies fresh local vegetables and fruit to areas designated as food deserts." link to the Mobil Market
  2. Dutchess Outreach Community Food Hub: "Gleaning fresh, local produce and supplying Dutchess Outreach and more than 25 partners throughout the Hudson Valley."
  3. Dutchess Outreach Micro-Farm: "Improving the sustainability of the Lunch Box and Farmer's Market by growing fresh vegetables in the heart of the City of Poughkeepsie."

For more than 30 years, Dutchess Outreach has been dedicated to catching those who fall through the social safety net, providing 220,000 meals per year including hot lunches and dinners, feeding children, and AIDS patients, collecting and distributing food pantry items, meeting emergency medical needs, distributing 6,000 winter coats per year and offering advocacy for those who will be homeless or in catastrophic circumstances without this help. If you or a loved one is in need of our services, please contact us at 845-454-3792 or via our contact page.

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    'Stuff the Bus!' Food Drive

The air is starting to cool, prompting warmer blankets, cups of hot apple cider, and that favorite jacket to keep cozy. Fall is here and with it comes Dutchess Outreach’s annual Susan DeKeukelaere Memorial Coat Drive, sponsored by Guardian Self Storage. We need your help to collect adult and children’s winter coats and jackets, especially plus sizes, that are clean and in good condition.  There are eight distribution sites around Dutchess County that will give coats to those in need and help keep our neighbors warm this winter. Last year about 5,000 coats were collected and distributed.  With your help we plan to increase that number this year.

Coats can be dropped off at any Guardian Self Storage location throughout Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties. Other drop off sites are Raymour and Flanagan Clearance Center on 757 Vassar Road and all Red Cap Cleaners locations. Coats will be collected at these locations from Oct. 1 through Oct.31. Coats also can be dropped off at the Rhinebeck Bank branches from Oct. 6 through Oct. 24. For more information call Dutchess Outreach at 845-454-3792.


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