August 21, 2019

Good evening, everybody – today we served 37 families, including 72 adults, 43 children and 13 seniors, for a total of 131 people.

          The Ardsley Methodist Women gave us a gift of Stop & Shop gift cards.  We’re so grateful for these gift cards, and we’ll be happy to use them to help our hungry clients.
          This summer I’ve been visiting the churches who help us all through the year, including the summer.  We count on these churches to keep us supplied with food and, as with the case of the Ardsley Women, with financial help as well.
          We’ll be representing the pantry at the Mercy College Community Service Fair on Tuesday, September 24 from 11:00 to 2:00.  It’s aimed at the Mercy College students so that they know what services are out there and can sign up to volunteer if they want to, but I imagine that people on this list could show up just to learn a little about Mercy College and the Mav Market food pantry that is up and running.
          South Church will also be participating in the annual Ferry Festa on October 5.  The pantry will be at the table as well.
          Five of us will be participating in the Feeding Westchester Miles for Meals 5K on Sunday, September 22.  Would anybody on this list care to join us?  The more the merrier.  I’ll be walking, not running.  Just let me know and I’ll tell you how to register.
          South Church is packed with donations for the Attic Sale on September 7.  We’ve got everything under the sun there, and we’ll be accepting donations until August 31.  Come one, come all.  It will be a merry time on September 7, and everything you buy will go to help South Church with its community projects.
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August 14, 2019

Good afternoon, everyone – today we served 27 families with 45 adults, 32 children and 10 seniors for a total of 87 people.

          Mercy College is having a Community Service Fair on Tuesday, September 24 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and the pantry has been invited to participate.  The e-mail they sent says this is for the purpose of encouraging their students to find different ways to give back.  We’re looking forward to participating because a couple of the students may be able to help us when we receive huge, heavy deliveries from Feeding Westchester, and also when we bring our monthly Green Thumb produce delivery from Feeding Westchester and have to carry everything from the car into the church kitchen.  Maybe we’ll find strong people there at the Fair, and possibly some of those students live in Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley, Irvington or Greenburgh.  In that case, if they need food,  they can come and get food from us as well as from the Mercy College Mav Market food pantry.  I’m glad we have this partnership with Mercy College and with the Mav Market.
          Also, a mother I met while representing the pantry at the community table of the Irvington Farmers’ Market told me her son needs community service hours for the National Honor Society.  He came and helped me at the CSA on Sunday, and he’s coming again this Sunday.  Most of the time the days and hours we need volunteers just don’t match with the hours students are available, but we do appreciate help on Sunday mornings at the CSA.  Plus he got to see how a CSA works.
          Last winter we were helped by a college student who took a quarter off from school and ended up being with us every Wednesday for a couple of months.  We really appreciated his help, and to our surprise he came again this morning because he’s off from school for three weeks.  We were delighted to see him, and he was immediately put to work, both for the pantry and for the upcoming South Church attic sale, scheduled for Saturday, September 7.  We’re receiving lots of donations, and help is needed sorting and arranging things.  Irvington Presbyterian is having an attic sale on the same day, but there seem to be enough donations to supply both churches.  If anybody has some free time, please contact me and we’ll arrange for you to help us get ready for the sale.  Plus we’ll still be happy to accept donations until August 31.
          This coming Sunday, August 18, is the annual Road to Freedom walk sponsored by the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society.  It starts at Gould Park at 1:00 and follows the route the Continental Army followed in 1781 during the Revolutionary War.  It ends up at Mead House, 12 Elm Street, where there’s food, drink, games and other activities.  Come one, come all.  I’m sure I’ll see some of the people on this list there.
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August 7, 2019

Good evening, everybody – today we served a total of 23 families, including 47 adults, 31 children and 11 seniors.  We served 89 people today.

          We had a great time at the Irvington Farmers’ Market.  It’s a popular, busy market, and the shoppers were generous to the pantry.  We even met a woman whose teenage son may be able to help us, at least at the CSA on Sundays.
          Our beloved artist, Stephanie Buck, will be away on vacation now until September.  Our clients will miss her dearly.  She was kind enough to bring food and drink for our clients as a goodbye until next month.
          We received the food collected by Cabrini of Westchester, and what a lot of food there was.  Susan Herceg is the social worker at Cabrini who arranged this food drive, and she did a wonderful job.  We received bags and bags of food from Cabrini, and we started giving it out right away.  Susan says they’re planning on doing another food drive for us around the holidays, in honor of Mother Cabrini.
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August 1, 2019

Good afternoon, everybody – yesterday in the morning we served 33 families, including 65 adults, 41 children and 13 seniors for a total of 111 people.  Then in the evening we served another 13 families with 31 adults, 25 children and 2 seniors, which came to 50 more people.  This brought us to a total of 46 families with 96 adults, 66 children and 15 seniors for a total of 161 people served yesterday.  For the month of July we averaged 32 families a week and 114 people served.

          A group of us will be running in Feeding Westchester’s annual 5K on Sunday, September 22.  It’s a fundraiser for Feeding Westchester, which provides food to us at a low cost.  So far there are five of us running (or walking).  Would anybody on this list like to join us?  Just let me know.  Last year we won an award for fundraising.
          Marc and I will be representing the pantry at the Irvington Farmers’ Market at their community table this Sunday.  It’s open from 9:30 until 1:30, and it’s run by the people who run the Hastings Farmers’ Market.  They sell not only beautiful produce but meats, seafood, sweets, etc.  Plus there are a couple of trucks.  There’s also live music and tables and chairs so that you can listen to music while you sit and eat.  The last couple of years the shoppers have been generous to the pantry, plus it’s a lot of fun.  Hope to see some of you there.
          A million thanks to Cabrini of Westchester for doing a food drive for us in honor of Mother Cabrini’s birthday.  They’ll be delivering the food to us this Wednesday, and we can really use it!  People on this list can donate to us too – either financially (using the PayPal function on our website ( or by leaving food or diapers for us in the kitchen at South Church at 343 Broadway in Dobbs Ferry.  If you come on a Wednesday morning you’ll meet us.
          South Church is working on creating a sanctuary apartment upstairs at the church for undocumented immigrants who are trying to arrange for permanent residency but must avoid being seized by ICE while they work with their lawyers.  We need money because there has to be a bathroom installed up there.  If anybody would like to donate, go to the GoFundMe page on Facebook or send a check to South Presbyterian Church with “Sanctuary” in the memo line.
          We need some strong people to help us when we get a delivery from Feeding Westchester on some Mondays.  Is there anybody out there who’s strong of arm and could help on a Monday morning?  Let us know.
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July 24, 2019

Good afternoon, everybody – today we served 33 families consisting of 64 adults, 42 children and 11 seniors, for a total of 118 people.

           Sara Sellitti visited us from the Springhurst garden, carrying extra herbs and produce from the garden.  She’ll keep us in mind throughout the summer in case they have a surplus of herbs, vegetables or fruits.  I’ve visited the garden, which is in the inner courtyard of the school.  It’s magnificent, and the children learn about healthy eating and the value of growing your own food.
          We also had a visit from Liz Loglisci of the Unitarian Society.  She also brought some vegetables and herbs from the Unitarian garden.  We’re very happy to accept extra produce from anybody’s garden, in addition to the beautiful produce we receive each week from the Roots & Wings garden right here at South Church.  Marc harvests early every Wednesday morning for us.  This morning he brought the most beautiful kale, cucumbers, tomatoes and herbs..Our clients are lucky to have such bounty.
           Then later Carol Seischab walked in with three boxes of food from Zion Episcopal and Dobbs Ferry Lutheran.  We count on our local churches and temples to collect food for us throughout the year without even being asked.  Thanks to all of you for keeping us going.
           Don’t forget about South Church’s attic sale on Saturday, September 7 from 9:00 to 3:00.  They’ll start collecting things in Fellowship Hall beginning August first.  I hope everybody on this list can donate something.  I will too.
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July 17, 2019

Good afternoon, everybody – today, despite the heat, we served 29 families, including 52 adults, 33 children and 15 seniors, for a total of 96 people.

          We pick up delicious fruits and vegetables every Sunday from the CSA and from the Roots and Wings garden.  This past Sunday a Mercy College student came to help Tricia pick up the produce, carry it from the South Church parking lot to the kitchen, and put it all away for Wednesday.  He said he was glad to help, and will be available several more times this summer to help with the CSA.  He’s strong, so we appreciate his help.
          Every week our volunteer Nora passes by the various bins we have out in the community.  We have one at the Dobbs Ferry Library, one at Stop & Shop and one at Greenburgh Town Hall.  We also have one at the Irvington Library which is visited periodically by our volunteer Tom, and we have one at the Dobbs Ferry Senior Center, which is overseen by Benny and me.  Today Nora dropped off a lot of food, mostly from Greenburgh Town Hall.  We appreciate the food that people donate this way, especially in summer.  And lately there have been far fewer foods with expired dates on them.  People are checking the dates before they donate.  Thanks to everyone who has brought food to one of our bins.
          Also today we received food from Woodlands Community Temple, brought, as always, by Val Fox.  Thank you, Val.  And volunteer Sharon Brennen brought an entire grocery cart full of donations from Dobbs Ferry Lutheran Church, including an entire case of canned chicken breast.  Thank you, Sharon, for gathering everything together and bringing it to us today.
          South Church member Kay O’Keefe printed out and delivered to us palm cards with instructions in English and Spanish about what to do if an Immigration official comes to your door.  We gave these out to everybody in case any of our clients are undocumented.  We don’t ask those questions, but South Church is very involved in providing sanctuary for undocumented individuals who have been living peacefully in the United States, so it seems appropriate for us at the pantry to do what we can to help.
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July 10, 2019 – beautiful poster created by Springhurst fourth-graders explaining all about the pantry and encouraging people to help. Thanks kids!

springhurst pantry poster

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July 10, 2019

Good evening, everybody – today we served 30 families with 51 adults, 37 children and 15 seniors, making up a total of 103 people served.

          The granddaughter of one of our clients is not growing properly.  She’s tiny for her age, and is under a doctor’s care.  We’ve made up our minds that as long as we can afford it we’ll provide her with a supply of Pediasure until her granddaughter is doing better.  Sometimes food is not enough.
          I was contacted by a Mercy College student who wants to help in the community.  He’s in an internship program during the week, so he can’t help us at the pantry, but, since he’s young and strong, he’ll help us this coming Sunday at the CSA.  He’ll help carry the fruits and vegetables from the South Church parking lot up to the kitchen, and will then help to put it away.  He’ll be a big help to us, and we’ll help him with his goal of volunteering in the community.  We’ve always been able to count on one of our strong volunteers on Sundays, but he isn’t available now, so this student’s call came at just the right time.
           I’ve mentioned before that our pantry was studied by a group of Springhurst fourth-graders.  The whole class was studying about volunteerism in the community, and we were lucky enough to have a group choose us.  They created a beautiful poster with photos of the pantry, a list of what to donate, facts about the pantry, and even a chart of how many people were served in 2018.  They’re a bright and talented bunch of kids with great teachers!  Somebody from Springhurst brought the poster to the pantry this week, and we proudly displayed it for our clients to see.  We’ll be showing it throughout the summer to whomever wants to see it, and I took a photo of it so that I can post it on the website.  Visit the website at and you’ll see it for yourself!
          This year we’ve been serving three families who are unable to get to the pantry for one reason or another   Plus we also served another recent immigrant family until they could get established in the community.  We’re happy to do this, and we’re always alert for someone else who needs food but can’t get to us.  We’ll help them as long as they need us.


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July 3, 2019

Good afternoon, everybody – today we served 25 families, including 53 adults, 31 children and 10 seniors.  We served a total of 94 people today.

          This coming September there will be another 5K race sponsored by Feeding Westchester.   Last September a number of us at the pantry participated, including me, and we ended up earning an award for fundraising.  So far three of us have signed up again this year, and I’m hoping several more will join in.  The people on this list need to sponsor us so that we can earn another award.  You’ll hear more about it from me as we get closer to September.
          We heard from Susan Strangio of Cabrini of Westchester today.  They’re planning to do a food drive for us among the employees in honor of Mother Cabrini’s birthday on July 15.  This makes us at the pantry very happy because not many food drives take place during the summer, and our clients continue to need food.  In fact, it’s more important during the summer because the children don’t even get their meals at school.  So, we really appreciate this effort by Cabrini.  I hope the people on this list remember us, too, both financially and with food donations.  Remember, there’s a PayPal function on our website ( and you can leave food and diapers for us in the South Church kitchen at any time.  Or visit us on a Wednesday morning between 10:00 and noon so we can see you and show you around.
          I saw a Mayor’s Newsletter on Facebook that said that Westchester County has decided to designate specific Town Days at Playland.  Dobbs Ferry’s Town Day in July 9, this coming Tuesday.  I remember there used to be a special Town Day at our local amusement park when I was a child and it was a lot of fun.  I can’t make it that day, but I hope a lot of people from Dobbs Ferry go that day.  Let’s hope it turns out to be a yearly thing.
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July 1, 2019

Good afternoon, everyone – last Wednesday in the morning we served 35 families with 70 adults, 52 children and 18 seniors.  Then, since it was the last Wednesday of the month, in the evening we served another 6 families with 8 adults, 5 children and 3 seniors.  This brought us to a total of 46 families, including 78 adults, 57 children and 21 seniors.  We served 156 people on Wednesday.  For the month of June we averaged 39 families and 132 people per week.

          Early in June we were visited by a group of fourth-graders from Springhurst who were studying how volunteers can help a community.  Groups of students studied either the police department, the fire department, Village Hall, Cabrini Nursing Home or our pantry.  Last Monday they did a presentation showing everything they had learned, and I was able to attend.  They had created posters for each group’s study project, and the poster they created for the pantry was beautiful.  Their teacher, Ms. Giuliano, said she and the students would drop it off at the pantry when they are finished with it, so maybe that will happen some time over the summer.  I was amazed at the intelligent and sensitive questions the children asked us volunteers while they were visiting.  They are a concerned and caring group, and they’ve learned a lot about helping people.
          Our pantry is lucky to be affiliated with Feeding Westchester, which is an agency which oversees many of the pantries and soup kitchens throughout Westchester.  Feeding Westchester receives donations from huge organizations like United Way, etc., and they use those donations to help our pantries.  Recently they were able to provide us with an entire pallet of meat for our clients, free of charge.  We’ll be able to supply our clients with meat for several weeks thanks to the largess of whoever it was who had extra meat and found a way to help the community at large.


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