Sparrow’s Nest Programs
Sparrow’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.
Supplemental Food Program
Our Supplemental Food Program provides extra groceries, in addition to weekly meals, to families identified as at-risk or low-income. This program is designed to provide additional foods and nutrition to what is already available and ease the burden of an added grocery expense throughout the week.
Camp Sparrow Program
Our Camp Sparrow Program provides families with easy lunch meals, fresh fruits and vegetables along with extra snacks during the summer months when children are home from school. The program is designed to offer children easy access to meals while aiding our families with meal preparation and food costs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we extended the program to begin in early May and end in late September.
Our Aftercare Program provides for the continued delivery of homemade meals to our families for up to one year after the loss of a loved one due to their cancer diagnosis. The stress of being a caregiver quickly gives way to overwhelming grief after the death of a loved one.
Thanks to our collaboration with the Culinary Institute of America, students at the prestigious culinary school join us for a weekly ‘Bake Day’ at Sparrow’s Nest. Each Sunday, volunteer students and staff from the CIA’s Community Cares Program, work in our kitchen and bake various desserts and decadents for our recipients and their families.
Cooking with Krista and Eddie:
A new program at The Nest is a virtual cooking program where the Recipient’s children can learn how to cook! Our Founder and Executive Director, Krista Jones and Executive Chef Edward Kowalski from Lola’s Café and Catering, teach the children how to cook a simple meal for their families! The ingredients are supplied to them, where they can now be the chefs, pridefully cooking dinner for their families.