About Sparrow’s Nest

Mission Statement

Sparrow's Nest | A 501(c)3 CharitySparrow’s Nest of the Hudson Valley provides two meals, once a week, to the families of caregivers and children diagnosed with any type of cancer. Caregivers are defined as legal guardians of children, under the age of 18, living in the home. Caregivers and/or children diagnosed with any cancer that requires chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery qualify. All recipients must live within a 35 mile radius of the charity’s health department-approved kitchen in Wappingers Falls.

A note from our Founder and Executive Director, Krista Jones:

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 1500 people since the charity’s inception. In June of 2017, the charity expanded its mission to include children diagnosed with cancer and in April of 2018, the charity expanded its mission to include a 35 mile radius from our kitchen.  With your support, and the help of our local business community, we have not turned away a single family fitting our mission statement.

Krista Jones, Founder of Sparrow's Nest, a 501(c)3 Charity

Because of your generosity, word of our mission continues to spread and the need for warm meals and big hugs continues to grow. 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.

Thank you for your continued support of our mission. Without you, we could not touch the lives of so many.

Krista Jones
Executive Director Sparrow’s Nest

Sparrow’s Nest of the Hudson Valley is committed to equitable treatment and the elimination of discrimination when servicing all our recipients.  We believe in creating an environment that embraces all.

Sparrow’s Nest of the Hudson Valley is also committed to diversity in all staff, volunteers and board members, providing a safe, respectful workplace for all our members.

Sparrow’s Nest Facts

Sparrow's Nest | A 501(c)3 Charity

Sparrow’s Nest cooks and delivers two trays of homemade food each week to the families of caregivers and children with cancer who reside within a 20 mile radius of the Sparrow’s Nest Kitchen in Wappingers Falls, NY.

Sparrow's Nest | A 501(c)3 Charity

All food is prepared in our Board of Health-approved kitchen located in Wappingers Falls, NY.

Sparrow's Nest | A 501(c)3 Charity

Sparrow’s Nest continues to feed approximately 500 people each year.

Sparrow's Nest | A 501(c)3 Charity

Sparrow’s Nest assists Recipients with food and additional support throughout the year by providing back-to-school supplies, Easter baskets, holiday gifts, and more.

Sparrow's Nest | A 501(c)3 Charity

Sparrow’s Nest cooks for families with children 18 years and younger living in the household of caregivers who are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery due to ANY type of cancer diagnosis.

Sparrow's Nest | A 501(c)3 Charity

Sparrow’s Nest was founded in 2012 and prides itself on being a grassroots organization which uses all donations to service local residents in the Hudson Valley.

Sparrow's Nest | A 501(c)3 Charity

Since 2014, over 500 men and women have joined Team Sparrow at one of our destination runs.

Sparrow's Nest | A 501(c)3 Charity

All monetary donations to Sparrow’s Nest are tax deductible.


  • Sparrow's Nest Charity | Krista Jones

    Krista Jones has lived in the Hudson Valley for over 20 years, brought to the area as a radio reporter on WDST and WKNY in Kingston. She later took a position as News Director/Morning Show Co-Host on WRNQ-FM/Clear Channel Radio of the Hudson Valley and served in this capacity for over 15 years.

    After marrying and giving birth to three beautiful red heads, the local mom was looking to do something more. When her friend, a mother of three, was diagnosed with colon cancer, Krista’s immediate response was, “let me cook them dinner.” Night after night, the Hopewell Junction resident left warm, homemade meals on the struggling family’s doorstep. Unfortunately, several more of Jones’s friends fell gravely ill soon after; comforting meals were whipped up for all of them and their families, too. “I grew up with a mother who always had hot food on the table, and I felt that was an important ritual to pass on,” she explains.

    Not long after, Sparrow’s Nest took flight and was started in 2012, feeding four local families and has grown to an organization that has fed close to one thousand people since its inception.

    2012 was a year of spreading the word, with appearances on the Bethaney Frankel show and saw great progress for Sparrow’s Nest. Camp Sparrow was developed to provide food and snacks to the patient’s children during the summer months. In addition, Sparrow’s Nest expanded its mission, where it will now include feeding the families of all legal caregivers of children, all under the watchful eye of Jones.

    Krista serves as the Executive Director and sits on many of the boards committees. She was chosen as a 2014 Pandora Hearts of Today winner, receiving $25,000 for Sparrow’s Nest. In the community, the charity continues to receive praise and recognition, being honored as the 2014 Organization of the Year Award from the Junior League of Poughkeepsie, 2015 Headliner Award from the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Also in 2015, Sparrow’s Nest was also chosen by the Dutchess County Organization of Women, as Charity of the Year. In 2016 Sparrow’s Nest received the Hudson Valley Wing Bowl Golden Clucker award. Krista was named Woman of the Year by the American Association of University Woman and was an Athena award winner with the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.