Good evening, everybody – today we served 37 families, including 74 adults, 51 children and 16 seniors. We served 141 people today. I’m glad the number of seniors coming to the pantry is increasing. If anybody knows a senior who is in need of food, talk to the person about us, or let me know. I’m sure there are senior citizens out there who are struggling to pay the bills and remain in their homes but there’s a shame factor in having to come to a pantry. It may help if they at least know we’re here.
The Dobbs Ferry High School football team did another pre-Super Bowl food drive for us at Stop & Shop this past Saturday, and they were as successful as they have been in other years. The team has done a drive for us on the Saturday before Super Bowl for a couple of years now, and it’s always fantastically successful. This year they outdid themselves. I posted a picture on Facebook and Instagram of the room upstairs in the church, filled with bags of food and other products. There wasn’t an inch of space on the floor – and they did it in about four hours! A team of our volunteers worked very hard this morning arranging everything, and the room is organized now. I’ll try to take another picture to show everything they collected for us, neatly stacked and shelved. Thanks to volunteers Tom, Duke and Marc.
We also received food and diapers from the Rotaract Club at Mercy College. They collected food for us over the holidays and brought it over this past Tuesday, together with Tim, the President of the Rivertowns Rotary Club. Rotarians in general are generous, caring people.
The Garden Club of Dobbs Ferry has been collecting food for us every month at their meeting. They’ll be dropping some food off to us this week. Thanks to Mary Fennell Gerber for organizing this effort for us.
We appreciate every morsel of food, diapers, cleaning supplies, etc., etc. that people drop off to us, as long as it hasn’t expired. Everything people donate to us goes to hungry families. And, by the way, we appreciate monetary donations as well, by check or through the PayPal function on our website (www.dobbsferrypantry.org). We take that money and use it to buy whatever we’re low on.