Family of New Paltz

Supports the New Paltz community in need of basic essentials and crisis intervention. We help support the food pantry program with monetary donations. The food pantry is open Mon-Thurs 10-5 and Friday 9-4.

St Joseph’s Food Pantry

The food pantry is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 11-12. Those with a need can receive assistance once per month. Local at Heart makes monetary donations to the pantry so they can purchase food for the pantry at a lower price.

SUNY New Paltz Student Christian Center Food Pantry

Serves students at SUNY New Paltz that do not have the means to support their daily food needs. The office is located in the Student Union building Rm 322 on campus. The pantry is open Wednesdays 1-3.

Summer Food Program

Nani Boutachka and Kathy Weiss from the United Methodist Church have partnered with Family of New Paltz to fill a need that is near to our hearts. During the school year, children with food insecurities have access to free and reduced breakfast and lunch. Backpacks full of easy to prepare food are sent home on the weekends, but holidays and the summer moths leave these children hungry. This past summer, we helped by donating enough money to feed 45 families for a whole moth. And together with local girls scouts, we packed bags of food for distribution.

 Helping Hands Food Pantry of St Charles Borromeo Church

In Gardiner, we have recently forged a new relationship with the Helping Hand Food Pantry. They are located at 2212 Rt 44/55 in Gardiner, and the food pantry is open the first Thursday of each month from 12-1 in the church hall. We look forward to providing them with monetary donations for their well used services.


During the summer months when schools are closed, some children go without lunch and breakfast. For some in our area, it’s their only meal of the day.


One local organization, Local at Heart, has responded to this shortfall by giving a $1,000 donation to help support the Summer Food Program, administered through the New Paltz United Methodist Church and Family of New Paltz by Nani Boutachka and Kathy Weiss.


Church Board Members Nani Boutachka, Kathy Weiss and Executive Director of Family of NP, Ivan Echenique, were on hand to accept the $1,000 donation from Local at Heart Board Members Craig Shankles, Connie Harkin and Linda Engler.


Nani and Kathy have been diligent in finding a way to keep the kids that typically receive Free Breakfast and Lunch at school and go home with meals in a weekend backpack, fed over the summer. The two retired teachers established a budget and began fundraising to support the effort. “When we learned of a shortfall, we had to respond. This opportunity to give back aligned perfectly with our mission to support our local food pantries,” said Craig Shankles, President of Local at Heart.


Funds were used to buy food items that were made ready for local distribution by Misty Mountains Girl Scout Troop #60142, led by Linda Engler. “As Girl Scouts, it is also in our mission to help others and we seek out places and people in need. We have been helping Local at Heart from its’ inception and we are happy to work together to help the people in our community,” said Engler. The brownies and juniors in the troop decided to use $300 that they had earned from cookie sales to go shopping for food to donate to the program.


Local at Heart is a New Paltz-based organization whose mission is to help support local food pantries through community fundraising efforts. They have two events planned in the months ahead. An Empty Bowls fundraiser on Sunday, October 1st and their Second Annual Cookie Walk on December 1st and 2nd. Both events this year, will take place on Huguenot Street in New Paltz. All are welcome.