With a full meal plan required for all on-campus students and the choice between three dining locations, Bardians are fortunate to have access to three meals a day. However, not all of our neighbors are as fortunate. Hunger is a problem in the Hudson Valley, and there are plenty of individuals and families in the community who are unsure where there next meal will come from.
Luckily, there are some great initiatives and organizations in the Hudson Valley that try to feed those who are hungry in ways that are healthy and dignified. One of these organizations is a soup kitchen and boarding house called Queens Galley. Queens Galley is a proactive and progressive food organization, which on its website describes itself as, “a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization providing awareness, education, relief and prevention of food insecurity in Kingston, Ulster County, and the Hudson Valley. We create, implement, and support programs dedicated to the affordable nutritional education of children, families, and seniors.” One of Queens Galley most impressive features is that it serves three restaurant-style meals a day (7 days a week) for anyone who walks in the doors, and no one has to show any identification or income statement to eat a delicious meal, which eliminates shame and embarrassment. However, by not requesting documentation, Queens Galley does not get any support from the federal government, which requires that food organizations ask their guests to provide some form of documentation. Thus, Queens Galley relies greatly on donations.
In preparation for the end of the year, Bard Office of Sustainability is organizing a food drive, and all food collected will be going to Queens Galley. BOS hopes that when students begin to clear and pack up for the summer that food items like extra cans of soup, boxes of rice, and packaged granola bars that were not consumed over the semester will be donated instead of being thrown out. Queens Galley will take any form of non-perishable food and use it for meal preparation, cooking lessons, and much more!
Donating food is easy! BOS has set up yellow bins all around campus to make it convenient for you to donate food. Look for yellow bins with a soup can with a Superman logo on it (our food drive logo is a SOUPER-man)—for those who don’t have one in their residence hall, bins have also been put in central, non-residential places such as the campus center, Green Onion, and outside the main office of BOS.
To get the food drive started, BOS organized a S’MORES Event on Monday May 13, where students brought a non-perishable food item in exchange for all the S’mores they wanted. Check out the photos below!
**Queens Galley Website: http://www.queensgalley.org/
**Any questions please contact Laurie Husted at firstname.lastname@example.org.