January 23, 2019

Good evening, everybody – today we served a total of 30 families, with 62 adults, 42 children and 10 seniors.  We served 113 people today.

Our friends at Dobbs Ferry Lutheran Church are having a Souper Bowl of Caring party at church on Super Bowl Sunday.  This is an activity that happens every year on that day throughout the United States with the goal of tackling and eradicating hunger.  It’s hard to believe, but 1 in 5 people in Westchester is food-insecure.  So, churches, organizations, families and individuals try to do something to fight against hunger on that day in whatever way they can.  At Dobbs Ferry Lutheran they’ll be having a soup cook-off, and collecting food and money for the pantry at the same time.  Heidi van Osdol is one of the organizers, and we are grateful for all of her efforts and the efforts of the families and soup-makers who will make sure their event is a success for them and for us.
And if you’re having a Super Bowl party, you can ask your guests to bring some shelf-stable food for the pantry or make a monetary donation.  Get in touch with us and we’ll be more than happy to figure out how to pick up the donations.
Benny, Marc and I spoke about the pantry and Roots and Wings at Woodlands Community Temple on Monday, where they were celebrating Martin Luther King Day and Jewish Arbor Day (where trees are planted in Israel) by having a pancake breakfast.  We handed out brochures and people (the adults at least) were interested in what we had to say (the kids were eating).  Even though we’ve been around for years now, we still need to educate people about who we are and where we are, and the importance of fighting hunger.
Nola Kende Long came this morning with a huge amount of food gathered for us by the families of the second- and third-graders at Springhurst.  We appreciate all the effort that goes into a drive like that, and she’ll be doing it all over again in May!  Thank you, Nola, and thank you, Springhurst.

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