June 16, 2021

On this gorgeous, spring-like Wednesday we served 121 families which represents 418 people. This was fewer than we were expecting and we all hope that this is the start of a downward trend. However, we will stay prepared for any and all who come to us in need.

Each week, Temple Beth Shalom chooses one fresh produce item and then donates enough of it to feed all of our families. This week’s bounty was 130 bags of juicy grapes to be included in our produce bags. We are also starting to receive tasty donations from local community gardens including that of Springhurst Elementary School. If your community (or personal!) garden is harvesting more than you can handle, please consider dropping off your excess to us on Tuesday evenings at the church.

Our clients were treated to a delicious, organic meal today prepared by The Cookery and generously sponsored by Steve Tilly of Dobbs Ferry. We can’t tell you what a gift it is for our clients to be able to enjoy a restaurant quality meal.

It’s never too early to start teaching about giving back! These local philanthropists held food drives in their neighborhoods and delivered a car full of food and diapers to the Pantry. We gave them a tour of our set up and talked about the importance of supporting each other because you never know when it might be your turn to stand in line for free food.

Items most needed: size 6 diapers, low-sugar cereal, tuna, baby wipes, low-sodium soup.

This week’s newsletter was written by Pantry Co-Director Gretchen Skaggs and photos were provided by Ellen Crane Photography.

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