Good afternoon, everybody – yesterday we served a total of 33 families, including 55 adults, 43 children and 11 seniors. This adds up to 109 people served.
This past Saturday was the Ferry Festa in Dobbs Ferry. The streets were closed and it was party,party, party until 8:00 at night. South Church had a table at which the Pantry, Roots & Wings and our CSA, FABLE, were represented. We had a beanbag game, which was very popular, and we gave out flyers about South Church’s various activities. We also gave out brochures about the Pantry, and people gave donations throughout the day. And the food was plentiful and delicious.
I was contacted by Dr. Nitin Gupta of Rivertowns Pediatrics, who’s opening an office in Dobbs Ferry. He’s also active in the Rivertowns Rotary Club, and the Rotarians are working with the children at St. Christopher’s in Dobbs Ferry. They want to involve the kids in the community and educate people about what St. Christopher’s does and who the kids are. One of the projects they’ll be undertaking is for the kids to go trick-or-treating on Tuesday, October 30 to ask for shelf-stable foods for the Pantry. They’ll be escorted by Rotarians, and Rotary will put out advance notice of the project so that nobody will be surprised when kids come knocking on their doors the day before Halloween. We at the Pantry are grateful that Rotary has us in mind, and we’re also happy that the kids at St. Christopher’s are learning about us as well.
Yesterday we were visited by Janice Brown of NY Connects, which is a NYS-sponsored program which offers, at no charge, all kinds of services and supports for anybody who needs them. Their goal is to “help people remain healthy and independent”. They offer education, counseling and support services. Janice felt that maybe some of our clients could use the services offered by NY Connects, and she just kind of hung around, chatted with people and gave out flyers and information. She stayed for two hours, and had conversations with quite a few of our clients. One client accepted a list of websites for people looking for work. So, she was already able to help some of our clients. She plans to visit once a month or so to see what services people may need. She learned about us at a conference we attended sponsored by Feeding Westchester, whose thrust was helping our clients beyond giving food. I think Janice and NY Connects fit that bill perfectly.
My long-term co-director, Lyn McLean, will be moving away at the end of the month. This coming Wednesday will be her last turn at the pantry. We’ve loved you, Lyn, and you’ve helped us in many ways through the years. I know you’ll find ways to help people no matter where you go.