July 20, 2017

Good morning, everybody – Yesterday we served a total of 38 families, including 65 adults, 56 children and 6 seniors.  On the third Wednesday of the month we give out flour and oil in addition to the foods we routinely stock.  It’s expensive, so we can only afford to offer it once a month.  Even if they don’t make it on other Wednesdays, everybody arrives on the third Wednesday, in order to pick up their flour and oil.

Thanks to Barbara, I went to the Verizon e-mail site to register for ten free, filled backpacks for pantry clients.  People drew numbers yesterday, and ten clients will go to Verizon this Sunday, accompanied by a child, to pick up their backpack.  Since this was advertised on Facebook, and they were only offering 100 backpacks, it’ll be interesting to see if any of our clients get there in time.  We like to help people out with things other than food when we can.

The Westchester Hispanic Coalition in White Plains will be visiting us twice in August – once on August 2 and again on August 16.  The WHC offers many programs, and not just for Latino people, either.  This is a chance for our clients to learn more about what’s available.  And there’s no charge for any of their services, so even people who are struggling can avail themselves of WHC’s services.

Lyn will be picking up our CSA this Sunday.  They’ll be offering cherry tomatoes, summer squash, lettuce, pickle cucumbers, potatoes, mint and possible cauliflower.  Plus more blueberries.  The blueberries went fast yesterday.  And Marc has been providing us with produce from the garden on Sunday mornings as well.

Yesterday when the pantry was finished there was some bread left over, as well as some herbs from the Roots & Wings garden.  The Irvington Senior Center is always happy to take whatever we have left over.  Thanks to Eileen, not only for picking up the bread at Stop & Shop every Wednesday but then for driving whatever we have left over to Irvington.   She works hard for the pantry.

This Sunday I’ll be representing the pantry at the Irvington Farmers’ Market at their community table, just like last year.  The Irvington Farmers’ Market, Sundays from 9:00 to 1:30, has a wonderful vibe to it.  Delicious food, of course, but also live music and a place to sit, listen to the musicians and eat whatever you bought.  Maybe some people on this list will be there.

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