The "Splash Out Hunger" swim meet to benefit the Rondout Valley Food Pantry was held on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the brand new Rosedale Community Center Pool. Local swim team, The Barracudas, hosts this annual event when the community is encouraged to come and cheer on the team, plus bring food items to donate to the Rondout Valley Food Pantry. The swim team fans generated 700 contributed food items while their team chalked up a win for the meet. Thanks to Amanda Jolly, Barracudas coach, for another amazing community event. 

This year the Loaves of Love Project was spearheaded by Lynda DuBois and Christa Backman-Fleischer with assistance from Barbra Davenport. The entire 7th grade population from both Home and Career Skills Classes and Health Classes participated along with the spring semester 8th Grade Home and Career Skills students. Lisa Grassi was instrumental in contacting the local food pantries for deliveries and pick up.

"The Rondout Valley Teacher Federation has been a long-time sponsor of the project. Kim McEvoy and her husband were able to secure low cost baking supplies. Sheryl Delano always drums up support for this project. "The union cares deeply about our students and wants to keep hunger out of the classroom!"

This year we baked in March. The project made a record breaking 383 loaves of bread in 4 days! Loaves were sent to all local food pantries, senior citizen groups, and to town sponsored after school programs. Loaves were sent home in the "Backpack Program" this year!

The Loaves of Love Service Learning Project has a goal to instill the joy of community service into our student population. The joy of giving can be contagious. Many students caught the fever, and a few actually set up a lemonade stand to raise money for local food pantries! "It is certainly the highlight of our school year when we hear back from the community members that we are making a difference!"

Our local Stone Ridge Post Office donated 739 items of food that they collected during their annual "Stamp Out Hunger" drive in May 2016.

In May 2016, the RV Intermediate School hosted its first Blue Nose Day, a campaign mimicking Red Nose Day. Students and staff wore their blue noses all day and they raised over $1600, which is being donated to three local food pantries, including the Rondout Valley Food Pantry!!

As reported in the Bluestone Press, May 6th issue: The Rondout Valley High School hosted its 13th annual benefit dinner in April, 2016. Over 600 people attended raising $11,300 in support of four local food pantries. The public purchased 600 ceramic bowls made by a number of local artists and students. The bowls were filled with gallons of soups and ice cream donated by local restaurants, cafes, bakeries and markets.