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Last Wednesday of the month: 5:30 to 7pm
Good afternoon, everybody – Today we served a total of 25 families, including 38 adults, 34 children and 6 seniors. They were served by me, Benny, Carol, Eileen, Ellen, Kevin, Lyn, Tom and Tricia.
Please remember to do some shopping at Stop & Shop in Dobbs Ferry this coming Saturday, February 4 between 9:00 and 1:30. The Dobbs Ferry HS football team will be doing a food drive for us, so when you shop you can buy a couple of extra things and leave them with the boys. They’ll bring the food over to the church after 1:30 and we can start giving it out on Wednesday. Thanks to everybody who remembers to do this.
We got an e-mail from one of the fourth-grade teachers at Springhurst School. What would we do without the Dobbs Ferry Schools?? They’re always thinking of a way to help! Now the students in the fourth grade will be decorating bags and filling them with cake mix, balloons, candles, etc. so that families can use them for a birthday party. What a great idea. She asked if I knew of another pantry they could donate more bags to and I referred her to the Hastings pantry. They’ll come up with enough bags to serve the clients of two pantries! A million thanks to the teachers, students and parents who will be working on this!
This coming Monday I’ll be representing the Pantry at the Food Bank’s quarterly community gathering at the United Methodist Church in Mount Kisco. Don’t know what they’ll be talking about but it will be good to network with other pantry leaders and see what’s going on at their pantries.
So glad January’s over with. Spring is coming!
Good afternoon, everyone It was a much more peaceful day at the pantry this morning after all the hubbub around Thanksgiving. Today we served a total of 19 families, including 27 adults, 21 children and 6 seniors. They were served by me, Benny, Carol, Eileen, Ellen, Kevin, Lyn and Mary Anne. Several volunteers spent time upstairs in an office full of shelfstable food from the Masters School, sorting and bringing the food down to the shelves. This sorting effort was started by me and Nell Klassen from South Church and her friend. We spent an hour sorting and setting aside all the various types of food brought by the Masters students. Thanks so much to Nell and her friend for working so hard. Last Sunday afternoon the Rivertown Center for Yoga and Health had a donation yoga class. Today they gave us an envelope full of cash and checks. What a loving organization. We’re lucky that they’ve been a part of South Church for so many years. And we got a large check from the Presbyterian Women’s Committee of the Irvington Presbyterian Church. They had a gargantuan attic sale a few weeks ago, and I believe this donation comes from the proceeds of that sale. What would we do without the religious organizations in the Rivertowns? They constantly support us in our mission to feed the hungry with dignity and respect. Last week Carol Seischab brought two boxes of food from Zion Episcopal. This week she brought us food from Dobbs Ferry Lutheran. Thank you, Carol, for helping both these organizations support us. Two fun things are coming up: I’ll be at a dinner at the Bonnie Briar Country Club, sponsored by the Giving Circle of Lower Westchester. They’ve given us grants two years in a row, and on top of that, they feed us once a year. And morning the Ardsley United Methodist Church is having a Candy Cane breakfast to honor volunteers in the area. Ellen and I will be there with bells on. Running a pantry is not all work. The next push is Christmas. We’re planning to give some extras to the clients on . on Saturday Tonight Saturday December 23
Good afternoon, everybody – On Wednesday in the morning we served a total of 30 families, including 52 adults, 44 children and 6 seniors. They were served by me, Benny, Carol, Eileen, Ellen, Kevin and Mary Anne. Then in the evening we served another 7 families, including 11 adults, 9 children and 3 seniors. They were served by me, Benny and Kevin. This brought us to a total of 37 families with 63 adults, 53 children and 9 seniors. We averaged 41 families a week in November.
We received a windfall of food donations this week, some accompanied by monetary donations as well. Where should I start? On Tuesday morning the volunteers from Springhurst School arrived with over 1,000 food and toiletry items. There were five of us volunteers (including our friend, Bruce Platt) to welcome them with open arms. We marveled at the volunteers, led by Deborah Borwick, organizing this huge effort on the part of the third and fourth-graders, counting everything, packaging it up, loading it into a van, and lugging it into the church. Their strength was amazing.
And just before Springhurst arrived Bruce and a helper came upstairs from the Community Nursery School with many boxes and bags of food donated by the nursery school families.
Then, Carol Seischab came to help with the Springhurst delivery, toting two boxes of food collected by the parishioners at Zion Episcopal. Zion has regularly, consistently gathered food for us and, when the boxes are full, delivered it all through the year. Thank you so much to Zion for your attention to us, and thanks to Carol for carrying the food to us.
Then, while we were putting the food away, a class of children from the Days of Wonder daycare center walked in with bags of food that their parents had donated. Each child was carrying a bag.
A little later a couple from Aldersgate Methodist Church arrived with multiple bags of food, including two turkeys, brought by attendees at the Interfaith Caring Community’s annual Thanksgiving prayer service the night before. Everyone who came to the service brought something for the pantry. They came from Aldersgate, the Greenburgh Hebrew Center, Immaculate Conception Church, Irvington Presbyterian and the Church of St. Barnabas. And they took up a monetary collection and handed us an envelope full of cash they collected for us as well. The ICC is a wonderful, county-wide organization. Thanks to all of you, and to Alan Shapiro, the director of ICC as well.
That was Tuesday.
Then came Wednesday. When we arrived we discovered fifteen homemade apple pies from Mark Pennington, purchased from the Hastings High School culinary club. Next to the pies was a box full of oranges and apples from the Midnight Run.
And out in the hallway were bags of food donated to us by our beloved Barbara M. and her mother and sister.
And while the pantry was in session, in walked Barbara C.’s husband with food donated by Barbara’s students at Westchester Community College, together with food from St. Barnabas in Ardsley.
And the largess continues. This coming Sunday, November 29, the Rivertown Center for Yoga and Health, located here at South Presbyterian Church, will be conducting a yoga class from 4:00 to 5:30 which will be a donation class. Whatever someone pays will be forwarded to the Pantry. They did this for us last year and gave us a sizable amount of money, which was used for extra food for Christmas for our clients. So, everyone on this list who is a yogi or a yogini should plan to be at Rivertown Yoga this Sunday. Thanks so much to Beth Bierko, Director of the Center, for doing this for us.
This past Wednesday, as an extra treat, our own Jen Cadenhead came and did a presentation on sugary drinks and how sugar is metabolized in the system to the pantry clients as they awaited their turn for food. She’s an excellent presenter, and the clients ended up vowing to eat more fresh fruit instead of drinking fruity drinks in the coming weeks. It was entertaining as well as educational. She’ll be doing another presentation in January on vegetables. She’s ServSafe certified, and did a quick observation of our facility, giving advice and suggestions throughout. It was great to see her and to learn what she had to teach us.
We now have three regular donors to the pantry, who have arranged with PayPal (through our website, http://www.dobbsferrypantry.org) to have regular donations made to us every month. This means so much to us to be able to count on regular donations. Thanks to all three of you, and maybe more regular donations will come in the future.
One last comment – we signed up a new client this week. She learned about the pantry because her daughter’s third-grade class at Springhurst was collecting food for us. What wonderful karma. This woman will be helped regularly in the future because of Spinghurst’s – and Spring Community Partners’ – efforts. This is what it’s all about.
Hello, everybody – This is an extra e-mail to let everybody know about South Church’s annual gala, which will be held on Saturday, November 21 at 6:00 in South Church’s fellowship hall. It costs $125 a ticket, or $100 if you have a table of ten. The money this year will go to support South’s justice ministries, including our Pantry as well as the Midnight Run, Roots & Wings, Cluster (helping at-risk youth in Yonkers), and our various LGBTQ efforts.
Hello, everybody – Today we served 39 families, including 59 adults, 51 children and 10 seniors. They were served by me, Benny, Carol, Eileen, Ellen, Lyn, Kevin, Mary Anne and Enzina. Enzina is a teacher, but because today was a holiday she was able to come specifically to read to and entertain the children who come with our clients. What a difference that makes! thank you so much, Enzina!
Good evening, everyone – Yesterday, since it was the last Wednesday of the month, we were open from10:00 to 12:00, and again from 5:30 to 7:00. In the morning we served 25 families, including 36 adults, 29 children and 10 seniors. They were served by Benny, Eileen, Ellen, Kevin, Lyn and Mary Anne. Then in the evening, despite the terrible weather, we served another 6 families, including 10 adults, 7 children and 2 seniors. They were served by me, Benny, Kevin and Martha. This made a total of 31 families, including 46 adults, 36 children and 12 seniors. For the month of October we served 133 families, including 207 adults, 155 children and 40 seniors. We averaged 33 families a week in October.