April 4, 2018

Good evening, everybody – This morning we served a total of 24 families, including 39 adults, 21 children and 15 seniors.  It’s a relief to be back in our weekly routine.

This coming Sunday, April 8 there’s a concert to benefit the Midnight Run at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 59 Main Street in Elmsford at 3:00.  General admission is $20 and $7.50 for students.  It’s Christian rock, sung in Spanish by a group called Ministerios Bethania.  It’s supposed to be very uplifting, which we can all use about now.  They’re also collecting household cleaning supplies for the Our Lady of Mount Carmel food pantry.
We’re still working on computerizing our sign-in sheet so that we can join the 21st century.  Benny has put it on our tablet and it’s color-coded to match the number of people in each client’s family.  We’ve been giving out extra pasta and beans depending on how many people there are in a family.  This is the way most other pantries do it, and it seems equitable.  The clients are still getting used to the idea, but I think it will work out.  We’ll see which foods we end up regularly giving out as we see how it affects our budget.
There’s a kind woman who consistently sends us diapers and baby wipes every month.  She keeps in touch with me to see which sizes we need.  This past week she sent us more baby wipes (we give them out to people who don’t have babies also) and diapers in sizes 2, 4, 5 and 6.  This has made such a difference since our clients who have babies are always asking for diapers because they’re so expensive.
We got our first e-mail of the season from Roots & Wings, talking about their weekly gardening sessions on Saturday mornings in the community garden behind South Church.  It’s encouraging that gardening can actually begin.  If anybody wants to know more about the garden, please let me know.  Roots & Wings is eager to share their information.

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