The Beverly Close Memorial Food Pantry is part of the Dutchess Outreach program. It is an emergency food bank that provides clients with up to three days’ worth of food in times of need. The Queens Galley is a Kingston-based nonprofit organization that provides awareness, education, relief and prevention of food insecurity.
Last year, Queens Galley executive director Diane Reeder and UPAC operations manager Ila Carnes created the concept of “Dinner & Show – Just $3.” “People don’t realize that for as little as $3, we are able to feed one person a dinner at the food pantry,” points out Reeder. The “Dinner & Show” slogan suggested to Bardavon and UPAC ticketholders (who had already bought tickets to a show at one of the theatres) that a $3 donation could help a person with food insecurity. Dutchess Outreach administrator Carol Hegener praised the initiative and remarked, “Those we serve are thrilled!”