Community Giving - Nov. 12
Nov 02, 2011 | Written by Anupa Mueller
As mentioned in my last blog, here are more details of our plans for November 12, which is both our 12th Anniversary and Customer Appreciation Day. A chief focus of this day is our plan to donate 10% of proceeds to the Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow Community Food Pantry. The Food Pantry is located in the basement of the Christ Church parish hall (at the corner of Elizabeth and John Streets) and is very much a community effort. Volunteers come from the various churches in the area, temple, YMCA Kids' Club and regular residents who want to share their time and resources. Last month alone, the pantry served 140 families. The first Thursday of every month, guests come and receive food of their choice from the pantry. This is not a pre-packaged bag of food but items each family can choose based on the number of people in their family. On the 3rd Thursday, fresh fruit and vegetables are distributed. The Food Pantry recently received a grant that will allow them to purchase chicken, meat and milk for distribution. In addition to distributing food to those who are able to come to the Pantry, they have now begun to deliver to homebound residents who benefit from the supplemental food. Our effort on November 12 will be to give 10% of the day's proceeds, have a donation canister near the cash register for those who wish to donate and to encourage our customers to bring unopened packaged and canned food goods which we will deliver to the Pantry on their behalf. Pantry donations can include beans, rice, tuna, cereal, pasta.....it is put to good use. Monetary donations allow the Pantry to purchase food at very low cost from the Food Bank for Westchester. For those who wish to write a check, they should be made out to "Community Food Pantry". We can deliver them for you or you may mail direct to 43 South Broadway, c/o Christ Church, Tarrytown, NY 10591. In this season of giving thanks and sharing, please open your hearts, wallets and pantries to our community.