Inspirational Story

The Community Food Pantry at St. Mary's Mohegan Lake

Our Mission

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.

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.

Amazon Smile

 The pantry is now registered with Amazon Smile.  If you shop on-line and use 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.

Easter Distribution 2018

 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.

Community coming together helping families in need

Eat Well, Support Local Farmers and the Food Pantry

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Easter is around the corner and the pantry is gearing up.  It is early this year, April 1, 2018.  In 2017 the pantry served 104 families each week and when it is a holiday distribution that number can double.   331 Easter Baskets were distributed last year and 190 families received a bountiful meal to share with loved ones.  It is with your help that the pantry is able to reach so many.
Hams, turkeys and the fixings for a festive meal are needed.  So look for those sales.  Donations of Easter goodies for children age 12 and under will be greatly appreciated.  Donations may be dropped off at St. Mary’s during church office hours, Tuesday and Friday between the hours of 9:30 am and 2 am. (Please alert the office by calling 914-528-3972), Saturday mornings between 8 am and 11 am or even the day of the set-up.  Set-up will be Friday, March 30th, between 3pm and 5 pm.  Distribution will be Saturday, March 31st.  Since it is a very busy set-up and distribution and we have the safety of our volunteers in mind, we ask that all volunteers be 13 years of age or older.  Younger volunteers accompanied by an adult are welcome any other time.  Thank you for understanding.
Alternative gift cards to celebrate Easter are available.  Cards may be purchased by contacting the pantry …
 e-mail at (subject cards) 
on- line at the website (message cards)
A donation of $20 per card or $50 for three cards will help support the on-going operation of the pantry and it is a wonderful way to express the joy and gratitude of the Easter season.   If purchasing on line, cards will be mailed to you so please include a mailing address.

Shopping List

Hams and Turkeys

Turkey and Pork Gravy

Baking goods (including corn muffin mix)

Instant mashed potatoes and rice
Coffee, tea, hot chocolate

Canned Yams and vegetables
Canned pineapple, peaches and cranberries
Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Parmalat or Powdered Milk

Easter Baskets:  Already prepared or the fixings (baskets, cello wrap or bags, grass, wrapped candy, simple toys e.g. balls, jacks, bunnies, coloring books, crayons, books, jump ropes, chalk)  Baskets are given to dependent children 12 years age and under.


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 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.