Several years ago Paul Feiner, the Greenburgh Town Supervisor, invited the Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry to give a presentation at a Greenburgh Town Board meeting. Benny Rodriguez, Marc Taiano and I spoke about the service the Pantry provides to the community. After our talks, Mr. Feiner rose and spoke the following words, which I have always greatly appreciated:
“The Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry is my favorite charity because every penny donated goes to the people who are in need. It is run entirely by volunteers and no one receives a salary.”
Today, those volunteers served 131 families, including 40 deliveries, for a total of 478 people. We distributed boxes of shelf stable food, bags of fresh vegetables, fruit, milk, cereals, dairy products from Mom’s Organics, and baked goods from Panera, NY Bagel Authority and The Shop. This is all made possible by the generous donations from our community churches, organizations and businesses as well as from individuals.
We would like to thank: Feeding Westchester; the Scarsdale Woman’s Club for gift cards and 3 carloads of food; Deborah Fatone for 2 carloads of diapers which her friends sent in lieu of birthday gifts; The Dobbs Ferry Garden Club for food, money and Stop & Shop gift cards; The Sharing Shelf for a carload of feminine hygiene products. Finally, thanks to Gordon of the Zion Episcopal Church who delivered food donations to the Pantry.
We are having a fundraiser at The Bit restaurant on Cedar Street on Thursday, October 21. After 5 PM a percentage of the bill (dine in or out) will be given to the DFFP. Please come or order out after 5 PM.
“You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
This week’s newsletter written by one of the first friendly faces you see at The Pantry, Mary Anne Griggs, longtime Pantry volunteer.