The People's Place provides assistance to anyone living in Ulster County, especially the unemployed, the physically and mentally challenged, working poor, youth, and the elderly.
Bag Summer Hunger
This program provides additional breakfast and lunch foods for families with school age children in Ulster County. It begins at the end of school in June and runs until school begins in September. Parents/guardians can visit us once per week to get this bag of groceries (which changes each week). In 2017 this program provided over 60,690 meals and 40,390 snacks.
Bag Holiday Hunger
This is the same program the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. During the Summer of 2017, we provided over 60,690 additional meals and 40,390 snacks to families in need. In 2017 this program provided over 42,000 meals and 21,000 snacks.
Provides a turkey and all the “fixings” for a holiday feast to households who pre-register during October and November. Families will receive a turkey, gravy, potatoes, stuffing, corn, green beans, cranberry sauce, butter and pie. 1,196 families utilized this program in 2017.
Every December, we gift local Ulster County children between the ages of newborn – 14 years old with a package containing toys, board games, books, stocking stuffers, and winter weather clothing. In December 2017, we helped 1,977 children have a happy holiday! Learn more HERE.
Fresh Bounty Program
Located just inside our doors, this area offers an ever-changing selection of free produce, breads, baked goods, dairy, and proteins. The items change daily and are first come, first serve. Community members in need can visit this area as often as necessary throughout the month. In 2017, over 75,000 pounds of food was offered free from the Bounty Table.
Your Choice Food Pantry
Our “Your Choice” Food Pantry supplies fresh, frozen, canned and boxed food that equals at least three days’ worth of meals to our needy community. We aim to offer a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, proteins and whole grains based on the USDA healthy food guidelines. When visiting the food pantry individuals are encouraged to select the foods which are right for their family, rather than receiving pre-packed bags. Recipients can visit the “Your Choice” Food Pantry once a month; however, they can also visit our “Fresh Bounty” area and choose free food items daily. All food is provided free of charge. In 2017, we provided over 350,000 free meals to our neighbors in need. Learn more HERE.
The Personal Care Closet
Located inside the Your Choice Food Pantry, this program offers families and individuals free personal care items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, and deodorant. Over 26,400 items in this category were provided to families during 2017.
Dress for Dignity
Twice a year, qualifying individuals can shop our thrift store for free clothing to help them stretch their dollars. Each person in the household can choose 6 articles of size appropriate clothing. In 2017, over 18,000 articles of clothing were handed out as part of this program.
Warm Coats from Warm Hearts
Individuals and families in need of a winter coat can visit our location from October to March 1st and receive one coat per household family member for free. During the 2017 winter season over 825 coats were giving away.
Back to School Smart Starts
The last week of August we offer school supplies such as notebooks, pens, crayons, paper, scissors, and backpacks to families in need throughout Ulster County. In 2017, over 500 children received school supplies from us.
We love helping our community neighbors celebrate their children’s birthdays. Parents/Guardians can fill out a simple registration form at our site location during our regular business hours prior to their child’s birthday. They can then come into People’s Place the day of or day before the birthday and receive an age appropriate birthday present, birthday cake and party supplies from our Birthday Booth. (Identification showing the child’s birthday must be presented.) 125 children were happy recipients of this program in 2017.
This seasonal program which runs from May to the end of October offers free fresh produce from local Hudson Valley Farms. It begins at approximately 8:30am and goes until noon or until produce runs out, whichever is first. No ID is required for this program. Please bring your own bags. This program is in conjunction with Local Economies Project, Community Foundation of the Hudson Valley and the Regional Food Bank of North Eastern New York. On average, we provide fresh produce to over 1,300 people each Tuesday between the hours of 9am – 12pm. In 2017, 215,705 pounds of fresh produce was disbursed through this program.
Summer Bookworm Program
This program provides books appropriate for school age children to any parent or guardian who visits our location during June, July and August. Over 1,700 books were passed out during these three months in 2017 valued at over $19,000 but priceless to their new young owners.
This program helps individuals start over with simple household wares and bedding. This program is intended for those suffering from tragedy, re-entering society, or first time independent living.
Victory Over Hunger
This initiative is all about sharing with your neighbors. Individuals planting a garden are asked to plant an extra row or two for the People’s Place Food Pantry. At harvest time, these community gardeners share their bounty with us.
Cherish A Book
Our large selections of previously loved books are offered to all community members for FREE and are perpetually replenished by our generous donors. They can be found upon entering our 17 St. James Street location. In 2017 over 25,000 books were given away.
Youth Fighting Hunger Resume Program
This program helps young adults build their resume for future employment and college applications. It educates students on food insecurity, financial challenges, and provides a philanthropic experience. Students must be 16 years old and apply on location.
Jazzy’s Pet Pantry
Our newest program is our Pet Pantry and we are proud to be helping EVERY member of the family. We offer pet food to family’s experiencing financial challenges because “Pets are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” 2017 was the first year this program was offered, and it helped feed 973 pets.
Farm to Pantry Internship
New this year, this program is educating young people with the desire to learn about sustainability, food distribution, organic farming practices, food insecurity, and community initiatives through hands on experience at a local farm and here at People’s Place. This program also teaches about food preservation, branding, marketing, social awareness. In 2017, 11 students participated in this start up program.
This is an area located at the front of the store that can supply information about the programs offered here and around Ulster County.