You Can Nourish

Our Neighbors in Need

Almost entirely volunteer operated, Second Chance Foods has multiple ways to get involved and make a difference in the lower Hudson Valley. 

You Can Nourish

Our Neighbors in Need

Almost entirely volunteer operated, Second Chance Foods has multiple ways to get involved and make a difference in the lower Hudson Valley.

” You will be working with people who volunteer to help others in need.  These are the best kind of people.  The work we do is sometimes hot and always busy, but the delicious meals we prepare from items that would have been thrown out… It is an incredible gift to our neighbors.”

-Kathryn, Volunteer of  3 years

Our Recipe for Food Rescue


Food should be eaten

Thats why, every day of the week, our volunteers collect donations of healthy food from grocery stores instead of letting this usable food go to waste.


Fresh & Local

The Hudson Valley is rich with organic farms who are often unable to harvest all the food from their fields. Second Chance Foods' volunteers make sure this produce is harvested and reaches the tables of those in need.


Healthy & Delicious

Our volunteers transform donated food into nourishing meals that are also delicious. The kitchen helps extend the life of fresh ingredients, and make healthy eating easy!


Eat Well to Feel Great!

Fresh foods are vital to emotional and physical health. That’s why we focus on providing nutrient dense foods to those in need of food assistance. 

Multiple Easy Ways to Volunteer

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Sign up for a half or whole day to help cook nourishing foods for those in need. Tuesday, Friday, and some Saturday shifts available.

Not interested in cooking? No problem - dishwashers are always welcomed (and needed)!

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Sort and Pack

Help sort and pack our Community Supported Nutrition Boxes on Wednesdays. It's like grocery shopping for others!

Wed. Drivers

Can you deliver meal boxes to Mount Carmel Baptist Church on Gleneida Ave?  Yes?  Then, we need you on Wednesdays to help us get those CSN boxes that our Volunteers worked so hard to create over to the church by 3:30pm.

box of bananas, oranges, blueberries, and other rescued fruits

Thursday Sorting

Join us on Thursdays to help sort groceries! We receive a large donation every Thursday and we need to go through and compost any unedible food, then split the good food up to go to four food pantries on Friday.


Join us on the first Sunday of the month at our kitchen in Brewster to help keep our coolers clean and organized!

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*coming soon*

Get outside and help us harvest more food at Hilltop Hanover Farm. Every Monday in July through October. 

On Call

The food supply chain is unpredictable, but our on call volunteers respond when there is more food to collect, cook, and distribute than our regular volunteers can do alone. 

Questions about volunteering?

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Ask Melissa

Melissa Paladino
Volunteer Coordinator

Contact Melissa for more information about volunteer positions, group opportunities, and more!

“Helping our environment and the food insecure simultaneously while working alongside like-minded people is inspiring!”



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Thank You to our Amazing Community Partners

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Looking for food?

Though we wish we could nourish everyone in need, Second Chance Foods does not directly distribute meals or groceries to individuals at this time. We utilize existing programs in the community and supplement their food with our meals and groceries. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please refer to our resource page here for our partnerships and local options.

Mailing Address:

P.O.Box 93
Carmel, NY 10512

Kitchen Address:

120 Marvin Ave Brewster, NY 10509

*please note we do not keep "hours" at the kitchen at this time. If you are looking to donate food please contact or call 845-723-1302


General Questions please contact Associate Director Stephanie Purcell 845-723-1311

Volunteer Questions contact Volunteer Coordinator Heather Marinelli 845-723-1309

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Second Chance Foods is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

EIN# 81-0996695