Since 2012, Diane Brawarsky of Hastings has sold poster-size photos of her paper collages to support nonprofits ranging from the ACLU to Planned Parenthood to Everytown for Gun Safety.
For her latest fundraiser, Brawarsky is offering a poster to benefit the Dobbs Ferry and Hastings food pantries, both of which now aid more Rivertowns residents than ever before, due to the pandemic.
Titled “Feed the Children,” the 22-by-17-inch poster costs $75, all of which will be donated, minus the cost of printing, which will be handled by John Maggiotto of Hastings.
In Hastings, the donation will be made to the nonprofit Family-to-Family (family-to-family.org), which established a Covid-19 Emergency Food Fund to support the pantry in that village.
The Hastings Food Pantry feeds about 40 families per week, while the Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry supplies about 100 families. Before March, those totals averaged about 30 in Hastings and between 35 and 40 in Dobbs Ferry. Dobbs Ferry also serves residents of Ardsley, Irvington, and unincorporated Greenburgh.
The pantries operate on Wednesdays at the James Harmon Community Center in Hastings and at South Presbyterian Church in Dobbs Ferry.
To purchase a poster (cash, check, Venmo, and Zelle are all accepted), email Brawarsky at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posters can be picked up at her home or shipped at an additional cost.
Earlier this year, through sales of the same poster, Brawarsky raised $1,700 for the Plant, Grow, Share program of the Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization, which helps residents grow gardens in South Minneapolis. Brawarsky has been a resident of Hastings for 32 years