On Wednesday, Aug. 19, in the middle of the pouring rain, the Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry was honored by a visit from Assembly member Thomas J. Abinanti, together with his constituent liaison Alyssa Jacobs. They came bearing gifts of both large and small  — containers of hand sanitizer and masks — all made available by New York State. It takes a state to run a pantry. Our deepest thanks go out to Mr. Abinanti, Ms. Jacobs, and to the State of New York for reaching out to help people in need.

While I’m writing I’d like to lift up Ardsley United Methodist Church. The people at AUMC are among our dearest and most long-term friends, and both Saturday, Aug. 22, and Saturday, Sept. 12, are days when they’ve organized a food drive for the pantry. If anybody who reads this would like to donate some food or diapers (sizes 5 and 6 are popular), you can drop it off at AUMC at 525 Ashford Avenue in Ardsley on Sept. 12 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

In addition to food and diapers, the pantry happily accepts monetary donations as well, particularly since we’ve been serving four times as many families since the pandemic began, and every week we register a few more.  We would appreciate a check made out to the Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry and sent to South Presbyterian Church at 343 Broadway in Dobbs Ferry, or a donation made using the PayPal feature on our website at www.dobbsferrypantry.org. Thanks in advance to our donors — it takes a village full of generous people to run a pantry.

Molly Rodriguez

Director, Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry at South Presbyterian Church

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