April 20, 2017

Good afternoon, everybody – yesterday we served a total of 35 families, including 63 adults, 44 children and 8 seniors.
The Director of the Irvington Library, Rosemarie Gatzek, has contacted me to tell me that her office is full of donated shelf-stable food again.  It’s amazing how generous the patrons of that library are.  We’ll be arranging to go and pick up that food and add it into the food from the Stop & Shop food drive very soon.  Thank you, Rosemarie, for establishing this connection.
We’ve just received notice that it’s time to apply to the Food Bank for their annual grant.  We need the money, so let’s keep our fingers crossed.  We need the money because, despite food donations and food drives, there are always items that weren’t included in the donated food.  At this point we’re out of shelf-stable milk, for example, so we’ll either order it from the Food Bank, if they have it, or from Pea Pod at Stop & Shop.  Whenever you feel like donating money instead of food, go right to our website, www.dobbsferrypantry.org, and click on the Pay Pal button.  Or send a check made out to South Presbyterian Church with “pantry” in the memo line to us at 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry.  All donations, whether large or small, will be gratefully put to use.
Yesterday my mail carrier handed me a Valpak envelope with the notification that the U.S. Post Office, together with the postal workers’ union, will be doing their annual food drive on Saturday, May 13.  That’s the day when you’re encouraged to leave nonperishable food items by your mail box for your carrier to pick up.  I’m not sure whether every village does this, but Dobbs Ferry does it every year, and for the last couple of years, they’ve allowed us to take what they collect.  Last year we shared the food with Sacred Heart Church in Dobbs Ferry, which provides food for a food pantry in Yonkers.  The carriers end up collecting so much food that there’s enough to stock two pantries.  So, mark your calendar for May 13 and remember to put some food out for your carrier to take – especially shelf-stable milk.
Forsythia is in bloom and daffodils are everywhere!

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