Typical UIDN grocery bag.

Photo: Kim Touchette

Families in need of assistance may call UIDN’s helpline, 888-726-7276. If no one answers, leave your request and contact information on voice mail. A volunteer will get back to you within 24 hours. Helpline and office volunteers are bilingual English/Spanish. We do our best to help those who speak other languages.

Family & Household Support

This team helps with food, school supplies, household goods, furniture, and emergency financial aid. During the first phase of the pandemic, volunteers shopped and delivered food to approximately 150 families. At the end of  July, we opened twice-a-month “open air markets” where families picked up food, clothing, cleaning supplies, and other household items in Kingston and Saugerties.

When the weather turned we transitioned to a more traditional food pantry. Families pick up pre-packed grocery bags every Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. at Holy Cross/ Santa Cruz Episcopal Church, 30 Pine Grove Avenue, Kingston. Social distancing and other pandemic protocols are in place. Here’s how you can help:

  • Join UIDN’s Takeout Project. Support your favorite restaurants or food stores by purchasing and donating gift cards. Get details.
  • Volunteer to help package and distribute food.
  • Identify a source that might donate large quantities of cloth or paper bags. We use more than 200 bags each week.
  • Donate gently used items. Currently needed: beds, strollers, and dressers or bureaus.

We occasionally post needed items on our Facebook page; please follow us. For additional information, contact Leslie Gallagher, 845-901-0215, lilacless2@yahoo.com.