February 1, 2018

Good afternoon, everybody – yesterday in the morning we served a total of 26 families, including 39 adults, 35 children and 10 seniors.  Then in the evening we served another 16 families with 26 adults, 20 children and 2 more seniors.  This makes a total of 42 families yesterday, with 65 adults, 55 children and 12 seniors.  We averaged 27 families a week during the month of January.

This past Sunday I attended services at Dobbs Ferry Lutheran Church and met their new pastor, Rev. Marie Meeks.  We at the pantry are happy that DFLC has a pastor of its own now, and she’s a very caring person.  This coming Sunday the youth group will be having a Super Bowl Sunday event after church in which, among other things, they’ll be selling homemade chili.  The proceeds will be used to buy products for the pantry – how loving is that??  Thanks so much, DFLC.  We always rely on you.
We’ve been back in touch with Felipe Henao at Mercy College about getting together to discuss their plan to establish a food pantry at Mercy.  Lyn and I will be happy to help in any way we can, and we’ll be enhancing our relationship with Mercy.  We’ll help them and they’ll help us.  I’m sure there are many hungry students at Mercy, struggling to pay for their education.
Hopefully everybody on this list will save their grocery shopping for Stop & Shop in Dobbs Ferry this coming Saturday between 9:30 and 1:30.  That’s when the Dobbs Ferry High School football team will be doing a food drive for us.  They’ve done several for us in the last couple of years and they’re a huge success.  Who can resist the charm of those boys??  Come one, come all!

I’m sorry to end on this very sad note, but Dobbs Ferry has lost a wonderful friend in Meg Lauer.  She died last week, surrounded by loved ones.  She was a tremendous supporter of the food pantry, even after she moved away.  And before she died she asked that donations be made to the food pantry in her memory.  We’ve already started receiving contributions in her name.  Our deepest condolences go out to her husband, daughters, and all her friends who are grieving right now.
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