April 1, 2021

Good afternoon, everybody – yesterday in the morning we served 147 families, including 287 adults, 172 children and 58 seniors, and our delivery team made 47 deliveries.  In the evening we served another 13 families, including 21 adults, 10 children and 4 seniors.  This brought us to 160 families, 308 adults, 182 children and 62 seniors, for a total of 568 people served.  This broke another record – our numbers are going up, not down.  In the month of March we averaged 144 families and 517 people a week.  In contrast, in February we averaged 133 families and in January 115.  It is our goal to help as many people as we can for as long as we can, so we’ll continue to plug along.

This past Monday we were visited by Jen Kupershlak and Kristin Javier, leaders of Girl Scout Troop 2305.  Jen’s daughter Helen was also with them as they delivered bags of hand-baked cookies and other goodies, plus beautifully-decorated thank-you cards from the Scouts to thank us volunteers for the work we do.  Our hearts were warmed by the efforts the girls and their parents made on our behalf, and the goodies and cards were quickly distributed to all of the volunteers.  There are many of us volunteers now that we’re serving so many clients, and we are so appreciative of all the caring and work on the part of the Scouts that went into this wonderful offering.  Thank you, Scouts, parents and leaders!

Last night Benny and I visited Scaramella’s Restaurant (1 Southfield Avenue, Dobbs Ferry) to thank them for providing delicious prepared meals to the pantry’s clients last week, paid for by a very generous donor from The Landing.  Owner Sal Triarsi was welcoming and gracious, and we couldn’t resist  sitting down and ordering dinner.  I might add that there were several other happy diners and a couple of birthdays being celebrated while we were there – all appropriately distanced, of course.  The pantry’s clients have been well-fed by many of the restaurants in the Villages, including Scaramella’s, and we hope we can continue this happy and nourishing experience for our clients.  Michelle Adams of On The Line has worked hard throughout the year to arrange for restaurants to bring these meals, and we are thankful for her dedication.

This is Easter week, and South Presbyterian Church will be offering a number of events today (Maundy Thursday), tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday.  You can check the church’s Facebook page for all these activities.  On Easter Sunday there will be a live service at 6:00 a.m. at the waterfront, and a virtual service on Facebook Live at 10:00 a.m.  The virtual service will take place in the church sanctuary, and our volunteers were busy yesterday, clearing the front of the sanctuary so that this service could take place.  The Pantry is grateful to South Church for continuing to allow us to use the sanctuary as a work area for the Pantry, although so far it has made it impossible to have live services on Sundays.

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