Our congregation is committed to upholding a multicultural and diverse celebration of God and humanity. We are not all the same, and the gifts that we offer reflect our individuality. We honor these individual contributions that together help us build a faith and service oriented community.
Our mission is to demonstrate the love of Christ by providing food and grocery products to individuals and families in need in our community. We collect, store, and distribute these goods on a weekly basis. Serving those in need with kindness, confidentiality, respect, and a smile.
RHINEBECK REFORMED CHURCH FOOD PANTRY
WELCOMES FOOD DONATIONS
First of all, THANK YOU to everyone in our community who has generously donated much needed food and toiletry items throughout these past months, as well as monetary donations and time as volunteers. We are very grateful for all of this support!
Canned and dry food donations will be accepted ONLY on Wednesdays and Fridays between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Please notify us beforehand; you can call the church office at 845-876-3727, send an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or send a message through the church website. Thank you for helping us by not leaving any items on the patio.
No restaurant-size containers of food, please, since our families have limited storage space. (Separate guidelines for Community and Local Garden donations are in place.)
Our pantry guidelines are below this list. Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation in following our guidelines!
Our immediate needs are:
rice-brown/white in 1 pound bags
water-packed chicken breast
shelf-stable milk - 8-ounce for kids, as well as half gallon (regular, lactose free, almond, or soy milk)
evaporated canned milk
soup: vegetarian and other
gluten-free products: pasta, cereal, crackers
We cannot accept opened/used or repackaged food, undated or expired food, or warped/damaged items of any kind. (The Regional Food Bank is quite strict about what pantries can accept for our safety and our clients.)
Direct food purchases for the pantry--brought from the grocery stores directly to the church--are safer than taking the items into homes and then donating them.
All donations will be wiped off with Lysol or Clorox solution until further notice.
Members of the congregation may donate food in the basket by the coat closet at their convenience.
The Rhinebeck Reformed Church
Tuesdays 10:00 AM - NOON
We welcome all pantry guests back after a brief closure due to relocating the pantry to the basement. The following new procedures and COVID expectations will be implemented:
- Masks must be worn at all times.
- Pens and Clipboards will be sanitized after each use.
- Tables will be sanitized as each guest leaves the hall.
Parking-South ST and Route 9
- Please be considerate and leave Route 9 for the guest who use canes, walkers or elderly and simply cannot carry their bags.
- The order that you park will not determine who is first or second and so forth. The check in order is determined by who is in Cordes Hall at the registration table first.
- Registration inside Cordes Hall
- Each family completes basic information forms.
- IDs with a current address for the all adults and children in the household will be needed. ID’s for children may be school report cards, letters from the school district, birth certificates.
- IDs will be needed only at registration and again in June.
- Each pantry guest selects their food and the volunteers fills the food bags downstairs and carry them up to each guest.
- Guests chooses their vegetables, fruit, dairy and meat from white boards that are available each Tuesday.
Thank you for your cooperation and patience!
A few important notes:
* Our pantry provides food for families who live in Clinton, Clinton Corners, Elizaville, Germantown, Hyde Park, Milan, Pine Plains, Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Rhinecliff, Staatsburg, Standfordville, Tivoli)
* The pantry does not serve Poughkeepsie, Pleasant Valley, Ulster County or Greene County. Emergency food bags are available for anyone who needs food.
* This food pantry is an equal opportunity provider that does not discriminate based on age, race, color, national origin, sexual prefernce, disability or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement (NDS)
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.
PLEASE CONGRATULATE OUR RCA 2019 REGIONAL SYNOD OF NEW YORK CHRISTIAN SERVICE AWARDS HONOREES!
Please congratulate our RCA 2019 Regional SYNOD of New York Christian Service Awards Honoree Melodye Moore
Melodye Moore serves as a faith ambassador of the Rhinebeck Reformed Church in the broader community through her public service and faith witness. Her commitment to strengthening the fabric of our community through volunteerism garnered her the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Dutchess County Agricultural Society, and her moral and spiritual character has impacted the different committees she has served on or has led as chair. Melodye’s wisdom and pragmatic style of leadership has helped untangle complex problems, and her commitment to the values of our Reformed faith, such as loving your neighbor, has been embodied at the highest level. Melodye is an Elder on the Consistory, and she has been the Vice President of the Consistory. Currently, she serves as the Consistory’s clerk and chair of the congregation’s strategic growth process, including the implementation of the Beekman Livingston Perez scholarship.
Photo credit: Douglas Westcott
Please congratulate our RCA 2019 Regional SYNOD of New York Christian Service Awards Honoree David Baldauf
David Baldauf creates a consciousness of environmental stewardship at the Rhinebeck Reformed Church and at the Classis level, leading a committee to provide educational program on ecological justice, coordinating a liturgy for an annual Caring for Creation Sunday, replacing lights fixtures at our church, and planning nature walks and talks, among other examples. David’s faith witness reminds us that we bear a responsibility with what goes on in God’s created world. He is an Elder on greater Consistory and a former Vice President of the Consistory. Currently, he co leads a Bible study group, and he leads the Caring for Creation Committee.
Please congratulate our RCA 2019 Regional SYNOD of New York Christian Service Awards Honorees Brenda Brockett
Brenda Brockett provides a tangible presence of God’s love to the community through the Food Pantry ministry. Her exemplary leadership as chair of this ministry has salvaged and expanded our food pantry from one room to two rooms; it has secured the congregation grants, and it has fostered a dedicated committee of volunteers that serve approximately 426 households. In addition to demonstrating God’s provision through the food pantry, Brenda coordinates annual distribution of Thanksgiving and Easter food baskets for 73 families that need support to alleviate their continued food insecurity; especially during the holiday seasons. Brenda’s Christian walk reminds us that ministry is about others.; Brenda is an Elder on greater Consistory and currently leads the Sunday School ministry and sings on the Music Ministry Team.
MISSION AND OUTREACH
Our goal is to provide opportunities and restore hope for people to become all that God intends them to be by putting our Christian faith into action through service to the community. We wish to share our endless love with all by connecting the church and the community.
Pictured below is our congregation's involvement in a local Relay for Life event at the FDR High School in Hyde Park, NY.