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It’s that time of year again to plan for our holiday distribution. We hope to be able to provide all who come through our doors this year with a holiday meal and all the trimmings as well as toys for the children and grandchildren.
Donations of hams and turkeys, canned pineapple and cranberries, canned or packaged turkey or pork gravy, instant mashed potatoes, canned yams, boxed stuffing, rice, soup nuts/raisins/dry fruit, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, family size juice, pudding, jell-o and dessert fixings are items that will help make the season bright.
New unwrapped toys, gifts for teens, mittens, gloves and hats for children of all ages, wrapping paper, bows and tape will also help us spread some cheer to our friends and neighbors who come to the pantry.
Donations may be dropped off during church office hours Tuesday to Friday 9:30 am - 2:00 pm or during pantry hours 7:30 am - 11:00 am or even as late as Friday, December 20th between 1 pm and 5 pm. If you prefer to make a cash donation you can do that right on our website at www.cfpstmarysmoheganlake.com, please note it is for holiday distribution or you may send a check. Whatever your choice of lending a hand to help us make this a truly holiday season for all is greatly appreciated.
The set up for distribution will be Friday, December 20, 2019, starting at about 2:30 and ending around 5 pm. Our distribution will be on Saturday, December 21, 2019, from 8:30 until we are finished around 11 to 11:30 am. For children under 13 the evening set up is not an appropriate time to volunteer. The pantry becomes very hectic and with our limited space it becomes too confusing for everyone. The safety of our youngest volunteers is always of the utmost concern. Please feel free to bring younger volunteers on Saturday or on any other Saturday. We will be open December 30th.
In addition, we also offer an opportunity to donate through seasonal greeting cards. The holiday gift cards work this way: A donor sends/gives a beautiful “occasion” card to the chosen recipient, then fills out the receipt slip and mails the donation and the slip back to The Food Pantry. Please be sure to include whether it is to honor, celebrate or remember the person for whom you are purchasing the card. Also don’t forget to mention the type of card you wish us to send you (Religious, general holiday, Hanukah.). Selection and purchasing may also be completed on line at the pantry website. The donated money all goes directly to the cost of operating the pantry and the recipient of the card has the pleasure of knowing that a bag of groceries went to a needy family in their name.
The cards are a wonderful and thoughtful gift for those hard to buy for folks on your list and are greatly appreciated by those who receive them. They make thoughtful teacher gifts or maybe a gift for that after school instructor or the sitter.
Gift cards may be purchased by sending an e-mail with the subject, “gift card” to email@example.com. or on our website at www.cfpstmarysmoheganlake.com or through the church office during operating hours Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. Cards are $20 each or 3 for $50. All proceeds benefit the pantry. If you purchase on line we will mail you the cards, so include your mailing address.
Have wonderful and joyous Holiday Season
From all the Volunteers at The Community Food Pantry
Thank you to all who donated winter coats and apparel for the pantry coat distribution. It was a great success! Many children and adults will be warmer this winter because of your generosity. And it does seem like we are going to have a long cold winter, Brrr!
Community coming together helping families in need
The You Tube Phenomena!
Soon to be 10 year old, Gina, asks questions. She wanted to help after her grandmother explained to her that there were people who were not as fortunate as her own family when Gina saw some homeless folks in New York City while visiting her Uncle Thomas. Gina wanted to do something to help. Her grandmother told her that there were families right here in our community that go to food pantries to provide for their families.
Gina decided to go shopping. Gina took our food pantry shopping list and her family to the supermarket.
Gina was very careful to select a variety of grocery items. Her great grandmother, Myrtle, chipped in and bought a ham for the holiday distribution. Wow, four generations working together to share with others all inspired by Gina's question.
What a thoughtful young lady and an inspiration to us all.
183 families received the fixings for a bountiful dinner to share with their loved ones this Thanksgiving. The pantry also provided two turkeys and the provision those in need of a place to gather to share a home cooked meal. Thank you to all who contributed to make this all happen.
DeCicco's Jefferson Valley Charity of Choice
Now that school is open DeCicco's Jefferson Valley Charity of Choice at the Checkout is back too. Just tell the cashier that The Community Food Pantry at St. Mary's is you charity of choice and DeCicco's sends the pantry money based on your the amount of your purchase. It is a great store to shop at and it benefits the pantry.
Acme Reusable Bag Program
Eat Well, Support Local Farmers and the Food Pantry
The Food Pantry at St. Mary’s Mohegan Lake is an interfaith community based not for profit service organization staffed by volunteers. Our mission is to provide supplemental food to families or individuals who live in the Mohegan Lake and greater Yorktown – Cortlandt area. We seek to provide nutritional, health and referral information to facilitate our patrons in moving beyond the need for emergency food.
Winter Coat Drive – Brrr!
The pantry received an e-mail from six year old Jason's mom. Jason had a viewed a video on You Tube about folks bringing food to a food bank. Well, he thought this was a great idea and wanted to do the same.
Jason asked his mom and she concurred. But things got busy as they usually do, but Jason persisted. This was important. Mom did some research and found that there was a pantry right in the neighborhood. So Jason and mom went shopping and selected 12 cans of vegetables to purchase and bring to the pantry, Jason accompanied by his mom came on a Saturday morning and delivered his donation. Not only did he drop off the cans of vegetables, but he placed them on the tables where they belonged to be a choice for that day.
So we can all learn from You Tube if we make the right choices as did six year old, Jason. It's important to help your neighbor!
The pantry is now registered with Amazon Smile. If you shop on-line and use Amazonsmile.amazon.com and name the pantry as your charity of choice 5% of your purchase will go to the pantry. So shop away and make a difference.
The Peekskill Brewery has become a community site for distribution of Field Goods in The Bag. For every subscription Field Goods will donate money to the pantry to support our operation. Just make sure you designate St. Mary's Food Pantry aka The Community Food Pantry at St. Mary's as your choice. They also have an easy way to donate fresh produce to the pantry.
Click on the link http://www.field-goods.com and get started!
The picture below is of my first order and I was very pleased with the freshness and quality. Recipes can be found on their website too!
Young Volunteers Helping Out
Thanks go out to Craig Caravello and his friends for their kind act helping out the food pantry. You can read the full story about Craig on our Testimonial page here.