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.

Now that there’s a chill in the air, we’re transitioning to pre-packaged food pick ups. Families will come to the parking lot at Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Episcopal Church, 30 Pine Grove Avenue, every other Wednesday, beginning November 4, from 3-5 p.m.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Donate food and arrange to drop it off.
  • Identify a source that might donate large quantities of cloth or paper bags. We will need about 200 each week.
  • Volunteer to help package and distribute food. Sign up for a two-hour shift between noon and 6 p.m. in Kingston or Saugerties.
  • Donate a grocery cart. Carts make it easier for families without cars to get their food home.

For details, contact Leslie Gallagher, 845-901-0215, lilacless2@yahoo.com.

Vineyard Church, Grand Rapids, MI

Photo: Vineyard Church, Grand Rapids, MI

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.