SERVICE

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.

FOOD PANTRY

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 (rhinebeckreformed@frontiernet.net), 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

Hygiene items:

  • toothbrushes

  • dental floss

  • shampoo

 

GUIDELINES:  

  1. 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.) 

  2. 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.

  3. All donations will be wiped off with Lysol or Clorox solution until further notice.

  4. Members of the congregation may donate food in the basket by the coat closet at their convenience.

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The Rhinebeck Reformed Church Food Pantry

6368 Mill Street (corner of South ST and Route 9)

Church Phone: 845-876-3727

Email: foodpantry@rhinebeckreformed.org

Pastor Luis Perez

ALL ARE WELCOME!

 

The pantry is open from 10:00-12:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.

 

- Food is delivered to Wells Manor residents.

- Emergency Food Bags are available any day to anyone who needs food. Please call the office on Wednesdays and Fridays between 9:00am and 2:00pm. Call any other day or time and leave a voicemail or send an email, so that someone can contact you.

- Bread Alone continues to provide bread for the guests who simply love it! Thank you.

- Thanks to Sue Sie and the dedicated gardeners at the Rhinebeck Community Gardens, the pantry receives fresh vegetables weekly in addition to the potatoes, onions and apples that are provided.

DONATIONS:

- The pantry is grateful for the continued financial support from the community but also for food and hygiene products.

- The latter are accepted only on Tuesdays between 9:00-12:30 p.m.

- The pantry cannot accept restaurant size cans of food or food that is more than six months past its Best By or Use By date.

- The pantry will not use any donations left outside on the patio.

- Monetary donations can be made to the Adopt a Program for Rhinebeck Reformed Church Food Pantry at the Regional Food Bank of NE NY. (online or mail)

 

PROCEDURES:

- Pantry guests check-in and select their food and hygiene from the choices list provided based upon the number of people in their families. They wait in Cordes Hall, no longer outside or in cars, while their food bags are filled and brought upstairs to them.

 

- MASKS are required for all pantry guests and volunteers.

 

- Each week, guests bring re-usable bags with their names on them to reduce paper waste. If they do not have these, the pantry provides them one time.

 

- IDs with a current address for all people in the household are needed for new pantry guests. This includes children. (Any school letter, report card or birth certificate, benefit card are accepted.)

- Questions: Leave a voice mail at the church office for Brenda Brockett, Pantry Leader/Coordinator.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement (NDS)

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

Community Support
PLEASE CONGRATULATE OUR RCA 2019 REGIONAL SYNOD OF NEW YORK CHRISTIAN SERVICE AWARDS HONOREES!
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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.

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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.

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