August 22, 2020

Good morning, everybody – Last Wednesday, despite the pouring rain, we served 93 families, including 192 adults, 120 children and 30 seniors, for a total of 342 people served.

          We were delighted by a visit in the rain from Assemblymember Thomas Abinanti and his Constituent Liaison, Alyssa Jacobs.  They brought us large and small containers of hand sanitizer and masks, all provided by the State of New York.   We got a chance to show them around, and Mr. Abinanti fondly recalled experiences he’s had with South Presbyterian Church.  Between Mr. Abinanti and State Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins, our area is represented in Albany by a team of great people who care about needy families.
          As I write this, our friends at the Ardsley United Methodist Church are doing a food drive for us at the church at 525 Ashford Avenue in Ardsley.  It runs until 1:00 today, and they’ll be doing it again next Saturday, so drop over there with some food (tuna and canned tomatoes are in short supply) and/or size 5 and 6 diapers for us.  The people at AUMC are among our most trusted and long-term friends.
          Yesterday I stopped in to Stop & Shop for some groceries and saw that it was their grand reopening.  It’s shiny and beautiful now, and I got to talk to Manager Volante McDuffie while she was showing people around.  She said the new Stop & Shop wants to reach out to the community, so it looks like we’ll be able to count on them for support, as we have all along.  Volunteer Honora G. and I will be meeting with her and her Assistant Manager to talk about putting back the bin we used to have so that people could buy something extra for us and drop it into the bin.  We’ll see what kind of receptacle we come up with.
          Congratulations to SPRING Community Partners, especially Co-Directors Robin Larkins and Ellen Crane, for a successful two-week camp experience for Dobbs Ferry school-age children.  It took place on the Children’s Village campus, and CEO Jeffrey Kohomban was front and center, supporting SPRING and the kids.  The directors and volunteers at SPRING are an energetic bunch.  You can read all about the camp in this week’s Enterprise.
          In addition to donations of food, the pantry can really use monetary donations at this point as well.  Every week we sign up more families.  You can write a check to Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry and mail it to South Presbyterian Church at 343 Broadway in Dobbs Ferry, or you can use the PayPal feature on our website, www.dobbsferrypantry.org.  Any amount you can give us we will gratefully use.
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