On August 5, 2013, Assemblyman Skartados joined volunteers in preparing lunch at Dutchess Outreach’s Lunch Box in Poughkeepsie.
The Lunch Box program provides hot mid-day meals six days a week to thousands of residents across Dutchess County. Last year, the Food Pantry provided 84,582 meals for 1,650 families, including 1,610 children. The Beverly Closs Memorial Food Pantry provides clients with up to a three-day supply of food once every 30 days.
Dutchess Outreach is located in the Family Partnership Center building at 29 North Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie. Their mission statement is to "strive to meet the basic needs of low-income people when no other resources are available to them and to assist them in becoming self-sufficient".
Later on in the week, on August 7, 2013, Assemblyman Skartados toured the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon.
The building was commissioned by Joseph Howland in 1872, and was donated as a subscription library for the City of Beacon. In 1920s, the building became a free public library. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 and was transformed into the Howland Cultural Center after the Beacon Free Library relocated to its current location.
Today, this building is known for its Art Galley, Classics for Kids, the CoffeeHouse, Calling All Poets Series (CAPS), Gospel Café, Howland Chamber Music Circle, and Movies at the Howland.