The Church of the Messiah – Monthly Food Pantry Update (November 2014)

We’ve had a busy Fall at the pantry. We provided groceries for approximately 180 local families during the month of October.

We averaged five new families every week so our needs seem to be growing, unfortunately.

Fortunately, people want to know how they can help.rhinebeck_messiah



Brown rice• Coffee• Dried beans• Cocoa mix• Pudding mix  .Flour• Toothpaste• Bar soap• Shampoo• Toilet paper


Plus all of those paper and plastic bags everyone has in their pantry

Because we have to purchase many of the above items monetary donations are ALWAYS needed and put to good use. (See fuller explanation below in About Us.) We also use money to purchase gift cards we distribute at the holidays.



  • DUTCHESS OUTREACH WINTER COAT GIVE AWAY: We are the area distribution point. Friday, November 14 10-3 (NOTE EXTENDED HOURS)

  • THANKSGIVING FOOD BAG COLLECTION: A Church School Community Service Project. Bags that were distributed last week are to be returned full of food which Father Richard will bless at 10:00 service November 16. Many thanks to Anne Schmidt and her youth.

  • THIRD THURSDAY LUNCH Thursday, November 20 at Church of the Messiah 11:30-1:00 Our Food Pantry is the beneficiary of proceeds this month. Please come. $6 gets you homemade soups, sandwiches, beverage and dessert. All delicious.THANKSGIVING FOOD DISTRIBUTION Friday, November 21. The Friday before Thanksgiving



A panel truck for 3 hours every third Monday to pick up our monthly food order in Kingston. Either you could drive or we would provide one of our drivers. Currently, we pay to rent a U-Haul every month and those funds could be better spent on food. Also, every third Monday is a great time to volunteer for a few hours to help with this shipment.




Jayne Brooks Food Pantry
Church of the Messiah
Rhinebeck NY

Every Friday 10-1

In-kind and Cash Donations

Donations can be dropped at the church Monday-Friday until 3 but best during pantry hours (Fridays 10-1).

We are very grateful to the community for its strong support of the Food Pantry and we graciously welcome contributions of time, cash, food and other household necessities on behalf of our clients.

We are often asked by donors what goods the Pantry needs most.  While we appreciate whatever our supporters are able to give, there are certain staples that are difficult for us to stock at reasonable cost.

We have listed below some items that are often in short supply.


  • Brown rice• Coffee• Dried beans• Cocoa mix• Pudding mix• Flour• Toothpaste• Bar soap• Shampoo• Toilet paper


Non-perishable shelf staple foods are the easiest for us to accept from donors, and small to medium sized containers provide us the most flexibility in distributing donated items.  Food items past their “best buy” dates unfortunately must often be discarded.


Many of our donors and volunteers are surprised to learn that the bulk of our stock is not available free of charge.  Most of it comes from the Regional Food Bank.  However, much of it must be purchased from them and almost all of it is subject to handling charges.  Cash contributions nevertheless usually allow dollars to go further because the Food Bank sells to us at prices below retail.

Thank you again for your support; we hope that you find this information helpful.

The Jayne Brooks Food Pantry Volunteer Group




The Church of the Messiah

6436 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 – (845) 876-3533