How to Help

If you’re interested in helping out with our efforts to improve our community, the absolute best thing you can do is tell other people about the pantry! Make sure that people in need know about the pantry, and the people who can help know where to go. If you’re interested in volunteering at the pantry, we always need volunteers to help with food drives; help unpack Feeding Westchester and Pea Pod orders; help shop for items still needed at grocery stores; help pick up donations from partners; help write grants; help write marketing materials; help with our online presence; help us grow and improve; help with correspondence. If you’re interested in doing any of these things, please contact us.

Monetary donations are always needed.  You can make a donation through our Pay Pal function on this website, or you can mail us a check, made out to Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry.

Or you can donate food to us by dropping off shelf-stable foods at any time by leaving the food in the church kitchen (South Presbyterian Church, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry).  Put a note on it that says “pantry” and we’ll shelve it and give it out the next time we’re at the pantry.  Please also attach your name and address so that we can send you a thank-you note.  We value all donations.

Food Drives

Another useful thing that you can do to help with the food pantry is organize a food drive! We like to coordinate our food drives so that the flow of food into the food pantry is more even (for example, we overflow during Thanksgiving, but have much less during the summer). Please email us with the dates you were thinking of planning your food drive so that we can post the dates on the website!  We have a list of our most popular foods that we can send to you so that you can make copies and hand them to the shoppers as they go into the store.

 

18 Responses to How to Help

  1. leonor krawczyk says:

    Hi,
    My name is Leonor and I would like to volunteer at the pantry. I’m fluent in Spanish then I’m looking for a place where this plus can be useful.I’m 60 + and leave in Hastings.
    My second choice is The children Village where I worked last year as a Spanish Teacher at the nursery school. I will be in touch with them too.
    Please tell me your schedule and more importantly how I can help.
    Thanks in advance!
    Leonor Krawczyk
    914 629-6798

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    • dfpantry says:

      Thank you, Leonor. We have a wonderful team of volunteers who work here at the pantry every Wednesday, but may I make a note of your name in case one of our volunteers is not available one day? We’re open every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until noon and on the last Friday of the month also from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00.

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  2. Sa'ar says:

    Do you need volunteers to cook, serve, or deliver food?

    I’m a Dobbs resident with a car. Happy to help!

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    • dfpantry says:

      Sa’ar, thank you for offering to help the Food Pantry. May I hold onto your e-mail? We may need you to deliver food to people in the community who can’t come out.

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  3. Murphy Halliburton says:

    Hi Molly: I hope this is the right way to contact you on the website. I could not find any email contact info. I want to let you know I would be happy to help deliver food during the COVID crisis. Yours,
    Murphy

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    • dfpantry says:

      Murphy, thank you so much and so good to hear from you. Hope you’re all well and safe at home. If we end up making many deliveries as the pantry rolls along from week to week, I’ll give you a call or text or something. Thank you!

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  4. April Gandert says:

    Hi,
    I would like to add my name in case you need any additional volunteers.

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  5. April Gandert says:

    Ok that sounds great. Whatever I can do to help. I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to say hello to Michele when I stopped by on Wed with a large food donation and some homemade masks. Maybe next time. We are all in this together.

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  6. April Gandert says:

    Hi, I see you are requesting diapers as a donation. Is there also a food pantry need for baby food?

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  7. dfpantry says:

    Thank you, April. When the pantry is operating normally we are delighted to receive baby food. Our method is usually “client choice”, where clients browse through all the food we have and choose what they want. We’re waiting for that to happen now. The way we operate now is to give a Stop & Shop gift card and a general bag of basic shelf-stable food, plus some produce if somebody has dropped anything off. This speeds things up so clients don’t have to congregate on Wednesdays. They can take their gift card and food and go. Which is the long way of asking you to keep that baby food on your shelf for now until the church finally opens again. We’re generally asking for monetary donations now because the gift cards cost a lot of money.

    By the way, in another comment you were suggesting that we have a food drop-off point at Stop & Shop. There actually is a bin at Stop & Shop with a sign on it. If you haven’t seen it maybe it’s been shoved under something. One of our volunteers routinely collects food from the various bins we have (Stop & Shop, the Dobbs Ferry library, Irvington library, Greenburgh Town Hall). I’ll ask her to check and see what happened to the Stop & Shop bin.

    Thank you for caring about us, April.

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  8. Diana E. says:

    Hello,
    I am a member of a group of teachers that would like to make a monetary donation. What is the preferred method for making that donation?

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    • dfpantry says:

      Diana, thank you so much for wanting to help the Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry. We’re serving three times the number of people we usually see, so your offer of a monetary donation comes at an important time. You can use our PayPal feature on our website at http://www.dobbsferrypantry.org, or we would be happy with a check made out to Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry and mailed to South Presbyterian Church, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522. Either way, we will use your donation immediately to provide food for families who are coming to us either because they’ve always been with us or because they’ve lost their jobs and need a food pantry for the first time in their lives. Thank you so much for helping us!

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      • Diana Evangelista says:

        Good morning,
        I completed a credit card donation this morning. It will appear in my name: Diana Evangelista. However the money was collected from the Ardsley Congress of Teachers.
        Thank you for your good work in the community. We would be happy to partner again the the future.
        Diana Evangelista

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      • dfpantry says:

        Diana, we received the donation from PayPal this morning. Thank you so much, and thank you to all the members of the Ardsley Congress of Teachers. The Pantry is continuing to serve many, many people, and this donation will enable us to do so into the future. Please give all the members a virtual hug from the Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry!

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  9. Aaron Chu-Carroll says:

    Hi, I would love to help in case you need volunteers.

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