The Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry has been going strong since 2011, and since the beginning of the pandemic we’ve been serving over four times as many hungry families as we did before the pandemic. Between the months of March and September we served 11,843 people. We serve families who live in Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley, Irvington, and the section of Greenburgh served by the Greenburgh Central School District.

Donors from our area have been amazingly generous, both with donations of food and with donations of money. It has cost a lot to purchase food for so many people, and we’re giving Stop & Shop gift cards once a month as well so that people can buy what they want at Stop & Shop to add to what we give them in their pre-packaged box of shelf-stable food and bag of produce.

In past years we’ve had fundraisers at Sam’s Restaurant at 128 Main Street in Dobbs Ferry. Maurice Giliberti has helped the pantry in every possible way, including giving us a portion of whatever he takes in on a certain day. I’m writing this to encourage everybody who reads this to eat or order take-out at Sam’s on Thursday, Oct. 15, whether it’s for lunch or dinner. You won’t have to cook that day, and you’ll be helping a good cause. Besides, Sam’s pizza is the best in town on any day. See you there!

Molly Rodriguez

Co-director, Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry at South Presbyterian Church

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