Community Foundation Grants Provide Fresh, Local Food for Hundreds of Families and Children in Need

Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley has awarded $211,000 in grants to 13 local nonprofit agencies that offer fresh, local produce to hundreds of families in Dutchess, Ulster and Putnam counties.

The Hudson Valley Farm Fresh Food grants are part of a three-year initiative in partnership with the New World Foundation – Local Economies Project, and the support of an anonymous donor, said Jennifer Killian, director of programs.

“The Community Foundation is thankful to the New World Foundation – Local Economies Project and our donor for their support of this initiative,” Killian said. “This meaningful funding will enable area organizations to continue to effectively increase the amount of farm fresh food available to those most in need.”

The Foundation awarded grants to organizations that have a demonstrated ability to increase access to local, farm fresh food through often-innovative strategies to grow, collect and/or distribute farm fresh food to those who need it most.

The following organizations were funded through the Farm Fresh Food grant program:

Dutchess County:
Common Ground Farm- Year 2 of the Farm capacity building project - $25,000
Dutchess Outreach- Poughkeepsie Plenty Fresh Mobile Market - $25,000
Hudson Valley Seed - Growing Healthy Kids Initiative - $16,875
North East Community Center -Fresh Food Pantry Distribution Program - $36,000
Poughkeepsie Farm Project - Food Share Program - $10,000
RDC Loaves and Fishes - Farm Fresh Food Project - $10,000
St. Thomas Episcopal Church -The Giving Garden at St. Thomas - $10,000

Putnam County:
Hillside Food Outreach - Putnam Healthy Plate/Healthy Family - $20,000

Ulster County:
Angel Food East - Angel Food East Food Program -$5,000
Family of Woodstock - Ulster County Farm to Food Pantry Collaborative - $25,000
People's Place - Bag Summer Hunger - $11,875
Rondout Valley Food Pantry - Weekend & Summer Food for Children - $1,250
Ulster County Community Action Committee - Ulster Food to Ulster Tables - $15,000

For more information, contact Killian at or 845-452-3077.
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