During the holidays the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie and the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) in Kingston had collection boxes at the back of the theaters after each performance. The Ulster County beneficiary of those donations was The Queens Galley in Kingston, a local "soup kitchen". Their program seeks to serve "real food, restaurant style, on real plates" to anyone seeking a meal. Anyone who is hungry can dine with dignity. After a recent meeting at UPAC, the visionary young lady that runs The Queens Galley, one Diane Reeder, asked if she could provide some refreshments and hors d'oeuvres to say thank you to the UPAC staff and volunteer board. While she had us all cornered in the lobby, she told us the story of Queens Galley. It is a story worth repeating.
Last month I heard someone say "We are all a four or five bad decisions away from being homeless". Scary thought, isn't it? That means we are two or three bad decisions away from being hungry. If - God forbid - that ever happened to me, I will be glad these guys are here.
If you live in the Hudson Valley and read this blog, you are passionate about food, and you care about what is happening locally. I can't think of a more appropriate charity for our group to support than The Queens Galley. So here's my idea. The next time we are deciding between the $25 Beaujolais and the $55 Bordeaux, let's order the Beaujolais. That $30 we save will pay for *ten* meals at The Queens Galley. I am also going to ask my Wednesday Night Boyz dinner crew to support this effort. The Queens Galley serves thousands of meals every week (at an average cost of $3). If we all do this once in a while, we can make a difference. You can contact or donate to The Queens Galley, 254 Washington Ave., Kingston, NY 12401. Phone 845-338-3468. Thanks for the consideration.