The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum hosted complimentary pizza parties for furloughed government workers during the shutdown.
The battle against food insecurity, efforts to help farmers seek expanded markets and the City of Poughkeepsie’s revitalization of its Hudson River waterfront are all getting a boost.
The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum is receiving a $160,800 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the expansion of its Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market into an enclosed, year-round operation.
The farmers market brings fresh produce to the City of Poughkeepsie. The funding was announced by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring, Tuesday.
The federal grant will let the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum expand the market’s hours, which have been held from 3 p.m-6:30 p.m. on Mondays, in a waterfront pavilion, June through September.
“This planning grant will help us invest in new opportunities here at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, allowing us to expand upon our educational mission and to ultimately connect more kids and families with the nutritious food they need,” Lara Litchfield-Kimber, executive director of the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, said in a release from Maloney’s office.
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Closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum features exhibits focusing on early literacy, art, early STEM, health and the local community. The Hudson River waterfront destination welcomes 80,000 visitors annually.
In 2017, the museum launched its Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market in response to food insecurity in the Hudson Valley. The market participates in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Farmers Market Nutrition Programs for children and families in need.
“I fought for this program in the Farm Bill because I know how important our farmers markets are to folks — especially now as the pandemic limits food options,” Maloney said in a press release. “I’m proud to see this investment in the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum’s exciting new plans.”
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