March 29, 2018

Good evening, everybody – yesterday in the morning we served a total of 26 families, including 52 adults, 32 kids and 13 seniors.  In the evening we served another 13 families, including 23 adults, 26 children and 1 senior.  That brings us to a total of 39 families with 75 adults, 58 children and 14 seniors.  Considering that we were closed for two of the four Wednesdays, we averaged 26 families a week for the month of March.


The children of the Church of St. Barnabas in Irvington worked long and hard, under the tutelage of Rachael and Barbara, to provide our clients’ children with beautifully-decorated Easter bags filled with toys and goodies.  Each bag had a drawing, saying and/or sticker on it.  The parents at the pantry were delighted to take them home to their children, and we have a few left over for next week.  Plus the congregation sent us a monetary donation for us to buy Easter gift cards for our clients.  The Church of St. Barnabas is a loving, caring organization, and we’re lucky to have them near us.
Then, when we walked into the kitchen at the pantry yesterday there were six bags of food collected and delivered by the Ardsley United Methodist Church.   The Ardsley United Methodist Church has taken care of us for a long time, and Ken Stahn delivers the food to us at least once a month.  Thanks, Ken, and thanks to everyone at AUMC who consistently brings food for us.
For some time Springhurst School has been sending us unopened food that is not taken by the students during lunch.  They used to have to throw it away, but now custodian Jose S. brings the food to us and puts it into the refrigerator every Tuesday and Friday.  We find lots of fruit, cheese sticks and yogurt in our refrigerator on Wednesday mornings.  Now the middle/high school has joined the program.  We should be finding a lot more lunchtime food in our refrigerator from now on.  The Dobbs Ferry schools have been working hard to find ways to avoid wasting food, and our pantry is one of the lucky recipients of that effort.

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