The holidays are probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of food drives. We are very aware of the issue of hunger during Thanksgiving and Christmas when so much of the celebrations center around food. But when the holidays pass, the need remains, and in some cases increases.

Such is the case with the Beverly Closs Food Pantry at Dutchess Outreach. According to the Daily Freeman, they are experiencing a major food shortage due to a significant increase in demand. In 2014, they provided 102,492 meals for 4,807 families including 1,805 children. When a family comes to the food pantry, they're given a three day supply of groceries every thirty days. The increase in those who need help are emptying the shelves of the pantry faster than ever.

A donation of $20 can help feed a mother and child for three days while $40 can help feed a family of four for three days. If you can, please donate by calling 845-454-3792 or simply click here. Please spread the word to help feed our neighbors in the Hudson Valley.