The Town of Fishkill has announced a partnership with the Hudson Valley Renegades and Fishkill Little League to benefit the Fishkill Food Pantry, the largest food pantry serving southern Dutchess County.

The partnership, called Fishkill Serves, was announced Monday at Dutchess Stadium, the result of a coalition kickstarted by Councilman Brian Wrye, the town’s official liaison to the Yankees’ High-A minor league affiliate. Coalition members include food pantry director Kristen Cullen, Little League president Peter Lyons, Renegades President and General Manager Steve Gliner, Community Partnerships Director Marcella Costello, and Ticketing Director Will Young.

Councilman Wrye said the idea “popped into his head” at a recent Town Board meeting. At the meeting, Lyons spoke to the board about the town’s Little League program which serves more than 300 Fishkill youth, and a proverbial lightbulb flashed in Councilman Wrye’s head.

“It popped into my head: this is it,” Councilman Wrye said. “Let’s see if the Renegades can dedicate a game for the Little League to support the food pantry.”

As a result, for the Renegades’ home game on Sunday, June 12, fans in attendance will be asked to bring non-perishable food items to donate. At the game, youth from Fishkill Little League will collect the donations, which will then be presented to the food pantry to distribute to the more than 200 families the pantry serves on a weekly basis. A portion of ticket proceeds will also be donated to the pantry by the Renegades.

“I’m simply delighted to be able to work with these three great local organizations,” Councilman Wrye said. Renegades Community Partnerships Director Marcella Costello agreed. “I’m looking forward to the great opportunity we have here to serve the community,” Costello said.

For more information on the Fishkill Food Pantry, visit their Facebook page by clicking here.

Learn more about Fishkill Little League at there website here.

Discover more on the Hudson Valley Renegades here.