Children Helping Children in Dutchess County

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Feeding Our NeighborsStudents from Dutchess County’s Regina Coeli School participated in the Archdiocesan-wide Feeding Our Neighbors campaign by stocking the shelves of their local pantry. 152 students did their part by responding to the Hyde Park Food Pantry’s escalating community demand during a difficult time of program cuts.

Students, from Pre-K to 8th grade, spent a snowy afternoon marching to the pantry to unload nearly 500 items of goods collected throughout the week. Food included canned goods, boxes of pasta, cereal, and dried fruits. The students formed a massive supply line that stretched from the rear of the school, several hundred feet to the steps of the pantry and cheered in unison “RCS!” as they excitedly passed along their food donations to staff members who replenished the pantry’s shelves.

The event marked the fifth day in a campaign created to increase awareness and respond to the rising demand of services received by New York’s food pantries. Over 800,000 people depend on the service food pantries provide to survive throughout the 10 counties of the Archdiocese. Dutchess County in particular has experienced a greater need to serve the community. Program cuts have challenged the work of pantries such as the Pantry in Hyde Park. As the Feeding Our Neighbors campaign wraps up this Sunday, you can still visit to continue to help.