Lt. Col. Carole Voissey of The Salvation Army (Aired on April 29th 2017 and April 30th 2017)

“Soup, Soap, and Salvation” (Aired on April 29 and 30, 2017)
Peekskill Rotarian Lt. Colonel Carole Voisey tells Jonah Triebwasser and Kathy Kruger the story of the Salvation Army, its activities, and her involvement with it, starting with 6 generations in the Church on her father’s side and five on her mother’s. In Peekskill, the Salvation Army runs a soup kitchen, a food pantry, and a children’s after-school homework help program, while different arm of the Salvation Army runs the thrift store selling donated goods whose sales fund residential centers for rehabilitating alcoholics and addicts. Together, the branches of the Salvation Army fulfill a slogan of General William Booth, who founded the Church in 1895: “Soup, Soap, and Salvation. Lt. Colonel Voisey also tells her fascinating personal
story, starting as a Cadet and helping train officers in the Salvation Army in Russia and other parts of Eastern Europe, and outlines plans for a “battle of the bells,” which will pit individuals and service organization in raising money at holiday time.
Learn more:
Peekskill Salvation Army:
Peekskill Rotary
The Salvation Army in the United States
The Salvation Army International

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Sparrows Nest (Aired On April 22nd and April 23rd, 2017)

Sparrow’s Nest is Growing Fast (Aired on April 22 and 23, 2017)
Krista Jones returns to RadioRotary with exciting news about developments at
Sparrow’s Nest, the charity that provides food to the families of persons who
have cancer. Ms. Jones started the charity in 2009 when a good friend was dying
of colon cancer, providing meals that Ms. Jones left at the doorstep; soon Ms.
Jones learned of four other friends with cancer and began to cook for them as
well. Seeing the need, she then formed Sparrow’s Nest with many volunteers
helping in the mission. Today Sparrow’s Nest has moved from Ms. Jones’
kitchen to a professional kitchen and office in commercial space, feeding about
500 families—not just moms–in Dutchess and nearby counties. Drivers bring
healthy food from the central kitchen in special coolers. Plans are underway to
expand even farther, doubling the area covered and the number of families fed.
Learn more:
Sparrow’s Nest
Sparrow’s Nest Facebook Page

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April 24, 2017 · Posted in Hudson Valley, Nutrition, Service Organizations, Volunteers  

Stuff The Buss (Aired on 3-18-17 & 3-19-17)

  

Pleasant Valley Stuffs the Bus (Aired on March 18 and 19, 2017)
Representing her Pleasant Valley Rotary Club, RadioRotary Producer Kathy
Kruger is interviewed by Sarah O’Connell about the Rotary Club’s annual “Stuff
the Bus” food drive. A full-sized School Bus, on loan for the day and decorated
for the occasion, is parked at the Acme Supermarket in Pleasant Valley as the
members of the Rotary Club encourage shoppers to “Stuff the Bus” with food
donations for the local food pantry. The food pantry, located at the Methodist
Church in Pleasant Valley, is run by volunteers from all four churches in the
hamlet with help from the Boy and Girl Scouts, donations from the local senior
citizens group, and financial assistance from the Food Bank of the Hudson
Valley. Acme supermarket aids the operation by selling bags of healthy staples
for $10 a bag, a real bargain. The bus is soon filled with those bags as well as
with other food donations. Ms. Kruger says that it is the easiest community
project a Rotary club can do—and it is certainly one of the most needed in almost
every community.

Learn more:

Pleasant Valley Rotary Club

Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Food Pantry
Food Bank of the Hudson Valley

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Feeding the Hudson Valley (Aired on October 1 and 2, 2016)

Feeding the Hudson Valley (Aired on October 1 and 2, 2016)

Margot Schulman, manager of The Lunch Box for Dutchess Outreach, and  Rich Schiafo, deputy executive director of the Hudson Valley Regional Council, tell RadioRotary about efforts to prevent food insecurity in the Hudson Valley, starting with an event at the Walkway Over the Hudson for which a number of local agencies are providing a free meal entirely made from “recused food.”  Rescued food may be food prepared for an event that was not utilized, food gleaned from farms after harvest, unserved restaurant food, or food removed from grocery shelves for one reason or another. Estimates are that 20% of food is wasted in the United States, while in Poughkeepsie more than half the students in elementary or high school are at a poverty level that makes them eligible for free lunches. Also in Poughkeepsie, The Lunch Box, which supplies free lunches and dinners, has many needy clients daily. Rescued healthy food can help the effort to reduce food insecurity.

Learn more:

Dutchess Outreach

Hudson Valley Regional Council

The Lunch Box

Feeding the Hudson Valley

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine

Hunters Helping the Hungry

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October 3, 2016 · Posted in Events, Hudson Valley, Nutrition, Support Groups  

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