Good afternoon, everybody – yesterday in the morning we served 35 families, including 67 adults, 45 children and 18 seniors. Then, since it was the last Wednesday of the month, we were open again in the evening and served another 10 families with 19 adults and 17 children. In total, we served 166 people yesterday. During the month of February we averaged 40 families a week and 147 people served.
The Wednesday before Easter we’ll be giving out $25 Stop & Shop gift cards, like we do at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Some pantries give traditional meats like turkey, but we prefer to make it possible for the clients to buy whatever they want, so that they can celebrate however they want to. We serve many different cultural groups, and not everybody celebrates the same way.
Another expense coming up for us is our annual purchase of two shares from the CSA (community-supported agriculture) so that our clients can have fresh, organic produce throughout the spring, summer and fall. Last year we bought two shares from Fable Farm, located in Ossining, and Tom, the farmer, then donated two more shares to us. That way every week we had enough for all our clients.
When we started the pantry back in 2013 we could only offer canned fruits and vegetables. But at this point our clients are accustomed to fresh produce for their families, and we’re glad to be able to offer it every week. Throughout the winter we received fresh produce once a month from Feeding Westchester, and the other weeks we purchased produce from Stop & Shop, so that we could offer something fresh every week.
But this comes at a cost. It would make a big difference if everyone on this list could make a monetary donation to us, either by sending us a check made out to the Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry and mailing it to South Presbyterian Church at 343 Broadway in Dobbs Ferry, or by using the Pay Pal feature on our website, www.dobbsferrypantry.org. Every penny will be spent on food for our clients.