Good afternoon, everybody – since Christmas was Wednesday, we were open on Monday, December 23. In the morning we served 54 families with 94 adults, 64 children and 23 seniors. Then in the evening we served another 18 families with 29 adults, 29 children and 5 more seniors. This brought us to a record of 72 families, 123 adults, 93 children and 28 seniors. We served 252 people on Monday. In 2019 we averaged 36 families a week and 129 people a week. In 2018 and 2017 we averaged 30 families a week, so we’re creeping up, particularly among seniors, which is a good thing. In 2019 we served 6,653 people.
We were surprised on Monday by a visit from Officer Justin Kamke of the Dobbs Ferry Policemen’s Benevolent Association. They brought forty boxes, each containing an assortment of holiday foods. This nicely accompanied the gift cards we were giving out. Plus volunteer Mary Anne Griggs brought candies and goodies for the clients. So, a good time was had by all.
We’ll open again on Wednesday, January 8. This has been a banner year for the pantry, thanks to an amazing group of volunteers, some of whom have been with us since the beginning, and an equally amazing group of donors, including individuals, churches, synagogues and other organizations. The combination of these dedicated volunteers and an outpouring of donations, some from people and groups who have donated to us multiple times over the years, has enabled the Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry to thrive and grow in our effort to knock out food insecurity in the Rivertowns and Greenburgh. There is still hunger in our area, but it’s clear to me that we’ve been able to help our clients feed themselves and their children, and we hope to continue to do that for a long time to come.
Hope everybody on this list stays warm, healthy and safe throughout the holidays.