254 Washington Ave.
Kingston, NY 12401
Inspired by her own struggle to feed her family in the early 2000s, in 2007, Diane Reeder opened the Queens Galley, an innovative, independent soup kitchen designed to address the gaps in the region’s food safety net. Today, Queens Galley operates 365 days a year and serves about 10,000 meals a month. And while federally funded soup kitchens must require proof of poverty before feeding visitors, Queens Galley, which runs entirely on private donations and grants, welcomes anyone in need of a square meal — no questions asked. And recognizing that quality is as important as quantity when it comes to healthy eating, the soup kitchen serves carefully crafted meals using fresh, nutritious, and often local ingredients that would not be out of place at a gourmet restaurant. In addition to providing free food on-site, they also partner with other organizations to offer an array of educational and support programs for children and families, like providing bag lunches to needy kids on snow days and offering free cooking and nutrition classes for low-income families. The Great Recession hasn’t made things any easier for organizations like Queens Galley, with more people in need and fewer able to donate, but Reeder and her supporters are committed to continuing (and expanding) their struggle against food insecurity.