March 21, 2018

Good afternoon, everybody – Today, for the third time this year, and the fourth time in the entire history of the pantry, we were closed due to another storm.  Surely, this is the last time, so that we can get back to regularly helping our hungry clients.

Last Saturday Ellen represented the pantry at an open house to discuss the upcoming CSA (community-supported agriculture).  This year the farm providing the fruit and vegetables every Sunday will be FABLE, located in Ossining.  The farmer will be donating a share to the pantry.  Thank you, FABLE.  Plus we’ll purchase another share, so that we can be sure to have plenty of fresh produce every Wednesday for our clients.  They’ve come to rely on fresh produce every week throughout the summer, and we’re glad to provide it to them, in addition to whatever canned fruits and vegetables they take from the shelves.  And thank you, Ellen, for telling everybody at the open house about the pantry.
Last Friday night Ellen, Andrew and I attended a soup cook-off at Springhurst School sponsored by the Springhurst PTSA.  The soups were provided by local restaurants in the Rivertowns, and you got to vote on your favorite.  The soups were so delicious that it wasn’t easy to pick just one, but the important thing is that it earned money for the PTSA for their valuable efforts all year.  And they encouraged whoever came to the cook-off to bring something for the pantry, so we ended up taking some canned and packaged foods away with us when we were finished.  Springhurst and all the Dobbs Ferry schools have been a consistent, reliable presence for us at the pantry for years.  Their support encourages us and keeps us going.
We got a surprise e-mail this morning from the Food Bank for Westchester, under whose umbrella we function, that they’ve changed their name to Feeding Westchester.  I don’t think much else will change except the name.  Anybody can visit their new website at www.feedingwestchester.org.
Next Wednesday I’m sure we’ll be open.  It’s Spring, after all.
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