A home-made meal delivered to your doorstep. A warm smile and a big hug! Lots of love & well wishes!
All of this is only a part of the wonderful service provided by the Sparrow’s Nest of the Hudson Valley which provides two meals, twice a week, to the families of caregivers and children diagnosed with any type of cancer.
Sparrow’s Nest of the Hudson Valley was created in 2012 with the simple idea of cooking for the families of local moms diagnosed with cancer. The dream to help these caregivers of children started with 6 families and has grown into feeding over 1200 people since the charity’s inception. In June of 2017, the charity expanded its mission to include children diagnosed with cancer. “This charity is about so much more than food. It is about community. It is about offering stress and financial relief to a family whose world has been turned upside down. It is about providing homemade dinners to families who have no time to cook and giving recipients precious time to focus on their families. It is about giving these families some normalcy, when nothing seems normal at all,” said Krista Jones, Founder & Executive Director.
Krista’s homespun dishes — like chicken chimichangas with corn-avocado salsa, stuffed peppers, and bacon-strewn pasta salad — alleviate some of the anxiety for families mired in endless doctor visits and copayments. She uses organic ingredients whenever possible. “I make everything but ziti. When you’re sick, everyone makes you a tray — and you just get so tired of it. Moms are stubborn, forcing themselves to get out of bed and be superheroes,” she says. “This is just a simple idea that can take away the stress over what their kids are eating while they are too sick to cook.”
On Friday, September 8th the ribbon was cut to celebrate the opening of the Sparrow’s Nest new kitchen. The relocation of its kitchen from Hopewell Junction to a larger facility on Route 376 in Wappingers Falls was necessary in order to accommodate the growing number of families served, which now averages between 200 – 225 people per week.
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The ROCK THE NEST MUSIC FESTIVAL will be held at Freedom Park in Pleasant Valley on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH from 1:30-6:00 pm. The Festival will help the Sparrow’s Nest continue to expand their mission as well as continue to feed the families of the Hudson Valley. Some examples of the food vendors include Mill House Brewing, Schatzi’s, Casual Elegance Catering, Lakeside Licks, Crooked Rooster, The Grille Wagon, and Forget Me Not Cupcakes. There will be several breweries including Chatham, Hudson Ale Works, Mill House, Newburgh and the Sloop. You can dance the day away to the lively music of Buffalo Stack, Adam Ezra Group,The Wyles, The Big TakeOver and Todd Mihan.
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