POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess Outreach has acknowledged its Assistant Govt Director Tara Whalen for 25 years of service to the Poughkeepsie-based group that gives meals to the hungry, operates a meals pantry and gives many extra companies.
Former Dutchess Outreach Board Chair Ann St. Germain praised Whalen, saying, “You achieve this a lot for everybody,” within the Dutchess Outreach social media put up that honored Whalen.
Whalen has held numerous titles throughout her time with the group, however mentioned, “At Dutchess Outreach, your entire employees pitches in when work must get achieved.” It isn’t unusual to see Whalen and different employees members, together with volunteers, unloading the month-to-month supply truck of meals bought from the meals financial institution. “Tara not solely screens stock and orders, however she’s the primary one on the truck to unload a whole bunch and a whole bunch of kilos of meals,” mentioned former board member Todd Bender. “Tara is the center and soul of the small group serving 1000’s of individuals in want.”
On Thursday, Whalen was on the Dutchess Outreach Meals Pantry perusing the empty cabinets created by the surge of consumers in want of staple meals. “Now we have seen a steady enhance in clients in search of staple meals for the reason that pandemic started. With the financial system stagnant, demand continues to rise,” Whalen mentioned.
An upcoming meals supply in mid-October will replenish most objects, however Whalen is asking for the general public’s assist. “We all the time want meals, together with jars of peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna, canned ravioli, corned beef hash, and rice,” she pleaded. “As winter approaches, we’re positively in want of oatmeal donations, whether or not it’s particular person packet bins or bigger containers. We try to offer clients with meals which have excessive dietary worth.”
Each $three donated means Dutchess Outreach can safe as much as three meals for meals insecure Dutchess County residents.
People or organizations wishing to make a tax-deductible financial donation can achieve this on-line by clicking right here.
People and organizations wishing to donate the requested meals are inspired to make an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 845-454-3792 and asking for Teresa or Tara.