Good afternoon, everyone – last Wednesday in the morning we served 35 families with 70 adults, 52 children and 18 seniors. Then, since it was the last Wednesday of the month, in the evening we served another 6 families with 8 adults, 5 children and 3 seniors. This brought us to a total of 46 families, including 78 adults, 57 children and 21 seniors. We served 156 people on Wednesday. For the month of June we averaged 39 families and 132 people per week.
Early in June we were visited by a group of fourth-graders from Springhurst who were studying how volunteers can help a community. Groups of students studied either the police department, the fire department, Village Hall, Cabrini Nursing Home or our pantry. Last Monday they did a presentation showing everything they had learned, and I was able to attend. They had created posters for each group’s study project, and the poster they created for the pantry was beautiful. Their teacher, Ms. Giuliano, said she and the students would drop it off at the pantry when they are finished with it, so maybe that will happen some time over the summer. I was amazed at the intelligent and sensitive questions the children asked us volunteers while they were visiting. They are a concerned and caring group, and they’ve learned a lot about helping people.
Our pantry is lucky to be affiliated with Feeding Westchester, which is an agency which oversees many of the pantries and soup kitchens throughout Westchester. Feeding Westchester receives donations from huge organizations like United Way, etc., and they use those donations to help our pantries. Recently they were able to provide us with an entire pallet of meat for our clients, free of charge. We’ll be able to supply our clients with meat for several weeks thanks to the largess of whoever it was who had extra meat and found a way to help the community at large.