People's Place Programs
People’s Place Programs are free and offered to all residents in need in Ulster County. The ONLY requirement is proof of residency for all members of the household. Examples are Benefit Card, NYS Driver’s License with current address, mail with your home address, medical cards (for children), letter from child’s school, letter from partnering agencies.
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 2016 valued at over $19,000 but priceless to their new young owners.
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.
Thanksgiving Feast – 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. Registration begins in mid-October. Please visit People’s Place between the hours of 10am – 1pm, Monday – Friday or Wednesday evenings between 5:30pm – 7:30pm to register. You MUST have identification proving residency in Ulster County for ALL household members.
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 2016 winter season over 825 coats were giving away.
Holiday Toy Distribution – Every December, we gift local Ulster County children between the ages of newborn – 13 years old with a package containing toys, board games, books, stocking stuffers, and winter weather clothing. Pre-registration begins in mid-October and is a must. Please visit People’s Place between the hours of 10am – 1pm, Monday – Friday or Wednesday evenings between 5:30pm – 7:30pm to register. You MUST have identification proving that the child(ren) live in your household.
This past December, we helped over 1,500 children have a happy holiday!
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.
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. Last year we provided over 300,000 free meals to our neighbors in need.
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 23,100 items in this category were provided to families during 2015.
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 is able to choose 6 articles of size appropriate clothing.
In 2016, over 18,000 articles of clothing were handed out as part of this program.
Birthday Booth – 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.)
Farm Stand – 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.
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). We also offer Bag Holiday Hunger which is the same program the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
During the Summer of 2016, we provided 35,110 additional meals to families in need.
New Beginnings – 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.
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.