February 2022

Hi Neighbors!

In addition to Groundhog Day and Valentine’s Day, did you know that February 17th was Random Acts of Kindness Day? We did our best to keep that day going all month here at the Pantry. This is thanks to the generous support we receive from Stop & Shop, MOM’S Organic Market, Panera, The Shop Ardsley, and New York Bagel Authority, and to all of you who send in cash donations and those who are sustaining members with monthly automatic donations!

We were so grateful to distribute Blizzard Boxes from the JCC on Hudson. These parcels were packed with items that are ideal for anyone dealing with food insecurity or stuck at home due to a storm, quarantine, or any other reason. They were very much appreciated by our clients.

A huge thanks also goes out to Dobbs Ferry Girl Scout Troop 1690 for their hard work collecting diapers and wipes. The Boy Scouts helped out too – Troop 24 hosted a food drive at Stop & Shop. They helped set-up the pantry alongside Seniors from the Dobbs Ferry High School who got up early on their school break to help out.

We so appreciate the generous contributions from the Dobbs Ferry Lutheran Church, who hosted a food drive in coordination with the “Souper Bowl of Caring”. A perfect name for a food drive in February!

There was also a Valentine’s Day surprise for our hard-working volunteers: treat bags filled with goodies and decorated with love from the children at Springhurst Elementary School. We are so lucky to be part of such a lovely and caring community!

How can you help? We have a bin for non-perishable donations to the left of the South Church’s double church doors with the mail slot. And please consider being a sustaining member – any amount on a regular, monthly basis is so helpful!

February Families Served:
February 2: 83 Families Total – this represents 258 people: 137 adults, 100 children and 21 seniors
February 9: 81 Families Total – this represents 238 people: 127 adults, 90 children and 21 seniors
February 15: 93 Families Total – this represents 259 people: 143 adults, 88 children and 28 seniors
February 22: 69 Families Total – this represents 206 people, 113 adults, 75 children and 18 seniors

This month’s newsletter written by Alisha Neumaier, who knows how to sell plant based meats to even the most rabid carnivores.

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