Washingtonville “Food for Kids” Raises a Glass of Suds
By Eugenia Moskowitz
Food For Kids, the Washingtonville nonprofit organization that provides food for children residing in the Washingtonville Central School District, welcomed almost 200 people at its fundraiser at the Newburgh Brewing Company on Feb. 17, including Orange County, Blooming Grove, and Washingtonville elected officials.
Food For Kids serves many children every week, said Erin Milteer, a social worker with the school district, and operates solely through committed volunteers from the school district working in conjunction with local Washingtonville groups including the Country Kids Food Pantry, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Grace Community Church, the First Presbyterian Church of Washingtonville, the Catholic Daughters, and the Knights of Columbus. “Throughout the year, community members donate non-perishable food items at the schools and at business drop-off locations throughout Washingtonville,” Milteer said. “Children then receive backpacks stuffed with nutritious take home food items that are easy to prepare over the weekend and over holidays. Summertime sees an eight-week lunch program with food distributed to children at various locations throughout Washingtonville. This program, which served over 8,000 lunches last summer, is also supported by several wonderful Washingtonville restaurants and businesses — as well as funding from local organizations including United Way of Dutchess and Orange Counties, and the WEL Foundation — and we are extremely grateful for their generosity.”
The Newburgh Brewing Company, a success story that has grown out of its original craft beer niche and into the mainstream market since starting a decade ago, frequently offers its banquet space to raise funds for organizations and issues that directly benefit Washingtonville — including a recent fundraiser for the Lions Den Inclusive Playground organized by The Lions Club. The brewery’s founders, themselves Washingtonville grads, have been “ever supportive of Washingtonville programs like Food for Kids,” said Jan Kramer, a volunteer who spearheaded the Food for Kids fundraiser, “and we were very excited to hold our event here in this beautiful space on the Hudson River.”
Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at school locations and at the Washingtonville Stop and Shop. Please contact the Washingtonville Central School District to learn more.
CAPTION 1: The Newburgh Brewing Company was filled with people attending Washingtonville’s Food for Kids fundraiser. (Photos provided)
CAPTION 2: Just some of the dedicated volunteers who make feeding children in need their number one priority throughout the entire calendar year.