January 31, 2019

Good afternoon, everybody – yesterday morning we served a total of 28 families, including 50 adults, 25 children and 12 seniors.  In the evening we served another 5 families with 12 adults and 11 children.  In total we served 62 families with 62 adults, 36 children and 12 seniors.  We served 110 people yesterday.  During the month of January we averaged 27 families a week, and 97 people a week.

A reminder for everybody to shop at Stop & Shop this coming Saturday between the hours of 9:30 am and 1:30 pm so that you can buy something extra and give it to the Dobbs Ferry High School football team, who will be doing a food drive for us.  In addition to shelf-stable food we can always use diapers and baby wipes.  Sizes 4, 5 and 6 are the most popular sizes.
Once a month we have a grant to receive a supply of fresh fruits and vegetables from Feeding Westchester.  We schedule it for the end of the month so that we can have some for our clients who come in the evening on the last Wednesday of the month.  We have a number of clients who come regularly in the evening every month.  Sometimes we have produce left over, even after the evening pantry, and then we have a number of organizations who gladly accept produce from us, as well as whatever bagels and bread we still have.  We often provide food to the Days of Wonder Day Care Center, which is right in the building, and the Dobbs Ferry Senior Center is also happy to take what we have left over.  This morning we had some lettuce as well as bagels left over, and I took them to the Irvington Senior Center.  So, nothing goes to waste.
In February, volunteers Mary Anne, Benny and Marc will be speaking to the Greenburgh Town Board about the food pantry and Roots and Wings.  They’ll have a supply of brochures for everybody as well.  The more people who know about the pantry the better.  Even though we’ve been around since 2013, we’re surprised to learn that there are people who don’t know about us.  Somewhere there may be hungry people who need what we have to offer but don’t know about us.

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