April 26, 2018

Good morning, everyone.  My husband is slowly on the mend from his surgery, and I was able to be at the pantry yesterday evening.  In the morning the volunteers served a total of 22 families, including 37 adults, 19 children and 9 seniors.  Then in the evening we served another 11 families with 30 adults and 24 children.  This brought us to a total of 33 families, 67 adults, 43 children and  9 seniors.  We averaged 28 families a week in April.

I hope everyone on this list is planning to do some shopping at Stop & Shop this Saturday.  It’s the big food drive sponsored by Feeding Westchester and NBC/Telemundo.  It’s happening at Stop & Shop stores all over Westchester, and we at the Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry are staffing the drive here in town, which means we get to keep whatever food is donated.  And WE NEED FOOD!  So please come, buy something and drop it into the bin.  Right now we especially need tuna, peanut butter, dried or canned black beans and spaghetti or linguine.  We’ll be there all day, so come and say hello!
South Presbyterian Church is having a huge gala on Saturday evening, May 5 entitled “We Are All Connected”.  It’s a musical gala and silent auction with delicious food prepared by our world-renowned chefs Peter and Alex.  It will feature a Colombian group by the name of Pablo Mayor & Folklore Urbano, as well as flamenco dancers and on and on and on.  And if you don’t want to eat you can come for the show and dessert.  To order tickets call Linda Jo Platt at 914-693-0299 or send her an email at ljberrypl@aol.com.
A special shout-out to our supporters at Springhurst School.  They’re doing a Kids Can drive for us during the month of May.  This time the fifth and sixth graders and their families will be providing the food for us.  This is good timing because our clients can’t count on school lunches for their children in the summer, and we need to have plenty of food for them once school ends.  Thanks especially to Nola Kende Long for organizing these drives for us this year.
Robin Larkins and the other volunteers at Spring Community Partners are hard at work getting ready for their twice-yearly clothing boutique, where families who are struggling to feed and dress their children can find some clothing for them to wear this summer.  They do it every year in November and May, and every volunteer deserves a hug, because it’s a lot of work.  They collect clothing all year long, and it’s all eagerly taken by the needy families within a few hours.
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