Rhinebeck – The Church of the Messiah: FROM THE JAYNE BROOKS FOOD PANTRY

           A sure sign of spring is the annual Boy Scouts food drive, benefiting our local pantries.  This year the Scouts will collect food on Saturday, April 1st.  This drive has received very generous community support in the past and is always a lot of fun.  Please watch for   upcoming information from the Scouts.


We appreciate all donations to the pantry.  However, there are certain staples that are difficult for us to keep in stock at reasonable cost, so we have listed them below.  Small and medium sized containers provide us the most flexibility.  Food items past their “best buy” dates unfortunately must often be discarded.  


  • Brown rice
  • Coffee
  • Dry kidney beans
  • Pudding mix (packets)
  • Canned fruit
  • Hearty soups
  • Toiletries: toothpaste, bar soap, shampoo, toilet roll     

Thank you for all of your past support!  


The Jayne Brooks Memorial Food Pantry

Happy 2017 from the Jayne Brooks Food Pantry!


The final months of the year are always our busiest and 2016 was no exception. We had almost 800 household visits in September through December, with total visits of about 2000 for the year – about 300 more than we had the prior year.  By the end of 2016 we had 280 registered households for the year, serving on average 40 per week.


The holiday season is a festive one at the pantry, with both volunteers and clients sharing their holiday cookies and goodies.  For both Thanksgiving and the December holidays we offered grocery gift cards, chickens and a variety of special holiday treats and food items.  Special donations of stuffed animals and children’s holiday books were also a big hit.  Finally, our annual coat giveaway began in November, with about 175 coats provided by Dutchess Outreach,and 40 from members of the community.


One of the most gratifying things about spending time at the pantry is to see the spirit of hospitality and cooperation among all participants: both clients and volunteers.  Some of our clients have become faithful volunteers, while others often arrive early to help set up, or just to have a cup of coffee.  We are a real community!


We could not continue to meet the ongoing needs of our friends and neighbors without the cheerful support of our many volunteers, and the generous contributions of local businesses and organizations, and members of the community.  Thank you all!



If you would like more information about the Food Pantry please email or call:


rhinebeck.episcopal@gmail.com  or 845-876-3533

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