March 29, 2019

Good afternoon, everybody – Last Wednesday in the morning we served 28 families with 55 adults, 31 children and 10 seniors.  Then in the evening we served another 14 families, including 25 adults, 28 children and 3 seniors.  We served 148 people on Wednesday.  For the month of March we averaged 32 families and 117 people per week.

     The week before Easter we’ll be giving Stop & Shop gift cards to the clients.  This is what we’ve done at Thanksgiving and Christmas also.  This way people can buy whatever they need at Stop & Shop instead of our giving turkeys, hams, etc.  Some of our clients don’t celebrate Easter, but everybody needs food, so everybody can buy what they need.
     We bought a second share of the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) which gives produce out in the South Church parking lot every Sunday during the summer.  In case you’re interested, there will be an Open House on Saturday April 6 at 10:00 a.m. at South Church where Tom Deacon, the owner of FABLE Farm, will answer whatever questions anybody has about a CSA, and will help people sign up for the CSA if they’re interested.
     Last week our friend Dr. Nitin Gupta of Rivertowns Pediatrics posted a request on Facebook page 10522, asking that people donate diapers to the pantry.  People responded immediately, and we received many, many deliveries of diapers (including some from Nitin himself) from people who follow 10522 and who care about the pantry.  Eternal thanks to Nitin for looking out for our clients, and to all the people who went out, bought diapers, and dropped them off at South Church or at my house.  There have been many complaints about Facebook, but 10522 is a good page.
     Once a month we receive a large portion of produce from Feeding Westchester, picked up and brought to South Church by our faithful volunteers.  This past Wednesday was our March portion, and the produce was all given out except a large box of tiny eggplants.  They were adorable, and everybody took them, but still we had some left over.  The next day Benny and I delivered a supply of eggplants to the Irvington Senior Center, a supply to the Dobbs Ferry Senior Center, and there was still enough left for Eileen to take to the Hastings Food Pantry.  So, nothing goes to waste!
     Happy Spring, everybody.

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