December 19, 2019

Good afternoon, everybody – yesterday we served a record 55 families, including 109 adults, 73 children and 20 seniors for a total of 202 people.

          Since Christmas and New Years fall on Wednesdays, we’ll be open this coming Monday, the 23rd, from 10:00 to noon and from 5:30 to 7:00.  Instead of turkey, we’ll give out Stop & Shop gift cards, like we did at Thanksgiving.  A lot of our budget is spent around the holidays, but it’s an important time for our clients, and it’s a needy time since the children are out of school and can’t even count on lunch in the cafeteria.  We’ll then reopen on Wednesday, January 8.
          We volunteers have been going strong since 2013.  A lot of us are really looking forward to this brief break.
          The students from the Dobbs Ferry High School Ecology Club, led by teacher and advisor Kelly Ravo, dropped off bags and bags of food donations to us during their lunchhour yesterday.  They collected bottles, recycled them and spent the money on food for the pantry, plus they brought donations from home.  Thanks to the kids and Ms. Ravo for coming up with this idea for us.
          A cub scout troop from Irvington will be coming after church on January 5 to help us sort the food we have stored upstairs from the donations we’ve received.  They’ll be checking for outdated food, sorting it into food groups and placing it on the shelves we have upstairs.  I don’t know whether they’ll be able to finish it all in one fell swoop, but they can make a big dent in it, and maybe they can even come back to finish the job.  What a wonderful and motivated group they are.
          Hope everybody is managing to enjoy the holidays plus stay warm.
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