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Nov. 21, 2018
For Release: Immediately
Central Hudson Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive Benefits Community 

Five Dutchess County Families and Dutchess Outreach provided with Thanksgiving Food Donations

Employees of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation helped brighten the holiday for five Dutchess County families through the energy company’s 38th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.

Working in coordination with local community service organization Dutchess Outreach, employees donated hundreds of non-perishable items; purchased additional food, including turkeys, milk, bread, cereal and other staples; and delivered the items to the families. Additional food and contributions were also provided by employees to Dutchess Outreach’s food pantry.

“Thanksgiving is a special time for families, and an opportunity to recognize all that we have to be grateful for here in the Hudson Valley,” said Denise D. VanBuren, Vice President of Public Relations at Central Hudson. “Our employees’ annual Thanksgiving Food Drive is one way we give thanks to the communities we serve by supporting families who may otherwise struggle during this holiday.”

The annual drive is provided through volunteer efforts by employees and in cooperation with Dutchess Outreach, which serves as a catalyst for community revitalization and as an advocate and provider of hunger and relief services.

"Dutchess Outreach provides a tremendous amount of food to people in need throughout the year and relies on assistance from the business community to make sure that people don't go hungry.  Our partnership with Central Hudson is vital to our mission,” said Tara Whalen, Associate Director of Dutchess Outreach. “Central Hudson employees are well known for their efforts to give back to the community, and the support they provide to Dutchess Outreach is a prime example. 

"By providing groceries and meals to selected needy families during Thanksgiving, Central Hudson and Dutchess Outreach work together to make a difference," she said.

Central Hudson’s food drive has assisted local families since 1980. For more information on Central Hudson’s service within local communities, visit


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Using employee-donated funds, Central Hudson volunteers (far left, far right) purchased and delivered Thanksgiving food to five Dutchess County families as part of the energy company’s 38th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. (Photo used with permission.)