Thanksgiving has come and gone, and it’s been overwhelmingly hectic for the volunteers at the Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry because of our huge increase in numbers. Last Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, the pantry served 157 families. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving last year we served 48 families. That’s how much we’ve grown.
Long lists are sometimes boring, but I must mention at least a few of the individuals, groups, and organizations that worked so hard to help us this year: the amazing new Edgemont Rotary Club; Woodlands Community Temple; Irvington Boy Scout Troop 55; Scarsdale Woman’s Club; Temple Beth Shalom; The Village of Ardsley; Ardsley United Methodist Church; Aldersgate Methodist Church; Dobbs Ferry Lutheran Church; Zion Episcopal Church; Dobbs Ferry for Social Justice; Doin’ Good in the Hood; HudCo; Club Pilates; The Masters School; Springhurst Elementary School; the South Presbyterian Church Faith and Justice Learning Lab; Hudson Social; The Landing; Michelle Adams and On The Line; Dobbs Ferry Girl Scouts. That’s all I can think of right now, but there are even more. Plus, all the countless individuals who pulled together food, cash, and diapers for us.
Not to mention the tireless volunteers themselves. All the volunteers, both from SPRING Community Partners and from the Pantry itself, bent over backwards to pull together this pre-Thanksgiving offering. Volunteers were at South Church throughout the entire day, from early morning until the evening. And, as drained as they were, they all showed up the next day to work at the Pantry.
Through the years this Pantry has attracted a group of people who are mind-boggling in their steady determination to do absolutely whatever needs to be done in order to serve the clients every week.
Our clients were well taken care of and happy when they left last Wednesday. And the donations keep coming and the volunteers will be back again next Wednesday. That’s how we roll in Dobbs Ferry.
Co-director, The Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry at South Presbyterian Church