Buy a Star, Feed a Family


  2500 Stars Sold!

Our Goal: 2500 Stars

This holiday season,
Rhinebeck Responds & Sinterklaas again partnered to address food insecurity

Since early in the pandemic, Rhinebeck has seen rising costs in housing, food, transportation, and heat. Families experience obstacles in access to child care with limited solutions. More local families rely on seasonal jobs with limited cash to spend on groceries.

At a time when hope and cheer can be generated through family gatherings around warm, nurturing, foods, we believe that families should never have to decide between a holiday meal and keeping up on day-to-day winter expenses.

We needed community support to address this need…

Sinterklaas sold all 2,500 stars, bolstering the festival that illuminates spirits through the darkest winters.

This exhilarated local support enabled Sinterklaas to allocate $4,500 of star sales
to the 
Church of Messiah food pantry, who distributed 75 tons of food in 2020!

With community fundraising, a contribution from Tops Markets, and the help of Culture Connect, Rhinebeck Responds distributed $8,300 in gift cards to local families through the responsive, compassionate programming at the Rhinebeck Chancellor Elementary School.


Rhinebeck Responds continues to raise funds needed to support pantry efforts and other community needs.

Shop Local

Take a part of your shopping budget and spend it in our local shops. They need your support.

And while you’re in these local stores… thank them for their support in feeding a family.

Stores That Sold Stars

Adel Chefridi Jewelry
Albert Shahinian Fine Art
The Beekman Arms
 Hummingbird Jewelers
Iconic Hair
Land of Oz
Mirbeau Inn and Spa
Paper Trail

Rhinebeck Artist’s Shop Rhinebeck Department Store Sam’s Sweet Shop
StarryBird Kids
Sunflower Market
Williams Lumber
Willow Wood
Winter Sun & Summer Moon
Zephyr Boutique
Zimmer Brothers

From all of us at Rhinebeck Responds…

Thank you. Love to all. Be safe.

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