Good afternoon, everybody – On Wednesday morning we served a total of 30 families, including 44 adults, 46 children and 11 seniors. In the evening we served another 5 families with 10 adults and 9 children, for a total of 35 families, 54 adults, 55 children and 11 seniors. We averaged 32 families a month in December and in 2017 we averaged 30 families a month.
This is the final e-mail of 2017. When I looked back at the final e-mail of 2016 I saw that the same woman who brought us tamales and atole this year fed us last year as well. And everybody hugged each other and wished each other a happy new year.
The final e-mail of 2015 showed that we were excited about beginning to order food for the pantry from Stop & Shop’s Pea Pod delivery service, which we’ve used steadily for two years now. At this point we also regularly receive milk donated from Westchester Milk and food donated from Springhurst’s lunch program, so we have multiple organizations who keep us regularly supplied with food for our clients.
The 2015 e-mail showed that we were also excited because we were applying to the Church of St. Barnabas in Irvington for a grant following their clothing sale. St. Barnabas has helped us for years now, and hopefully we can continue to rely on St. Barnabas and all the other churches and synagogues in the Rivertowns to help us purchase the food that we need to continue to provide our clients with what they need on a weekly basis throughout 2018.
We also rely on the people on this list, who are our steady supporters and who have followed us since the beginning. Thanks to all of you for dropping food off to us and sending checks and donating to us through the website. Hopefully we’ll keep on keeping on for years to come, until nobody needs a food pantry anymore. Then we’ll gladly go out of business!
I hope everybody has a calm and peaceful new year’s and a fulfilling 2018.