Building a better community by fighting hunger today.
The Hungry May Not Be Who You Think They Are
"There is a new face to hunger today. Many of the people who come to food pantries and soup kitchens are people who never thought they would need help - people who were once part of the middle class and are now unemployed or underemployed - people who are struggling to get by from day to day and week to week." Vicki Escarra
"In the United States more than half of hungry households are white, and two-thirds of those with children have at least one working adult—typically in a full-time job. With this new image comes a new lexicon: In 2006 the U.S. government replaced “hunger” with the term “food insecure” to describe any household where, sometime during the previous year, people didn’t have enough food to eat." National Geographic
Doreen's Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry is dedicated to meeting the needs of the hungry in our area. Directed by Jim Brayman and Robin Renaud, with the great help of a team of volunteers, Doreen's provides hot meals twice per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM) as well as food pantry and personal hygiene supplies for those in need (Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM).
Filling the Gap So Children Won't Go Hungry Over Weekends
We believe that no child should ever go hungry. Yet, many children who receive free and reduced priced school meals are left without the nutrition they need on weekends and holiday breaks when school is not in session. By providing children who are at risk of hunger with a bag of nutritious food each Friday throughout the school year Doreen's attempts to reduce this gap and help children return to school on Monday ready to learn. Doreen's provides 16 back packs per week as a participant in the BackPack Program to the Kindergarten Center in Hudson Falls.
Doreen's Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation directed by Jim Brayman and Robin Renaud, both members of the Fort Edward Rescue Squad. First responders, including the Fort Edward Rescue Squad, Hudson Falls and Kingsbury Volunteer Fire Departments, Washington County Sheriff's Office and Hudson Falls Police Department, as well as the Department of Social Services, can provide referrals to Doreen's for those in need - any time, day or night.
We are delighted to be active participants in the mission to make our community a model of people helping people. Once per month we are joined by volunteers from Community, Work & Independence, Inc. (CWI) and WWAARC who bring us such joy with their enthusiam, hard work and genuine good cheer.
We are proud to be a part of our Hudson Falls community - and Hudson Falls is truly "A great place to call home!"