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.
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.
Community coming together helping families in need
Eat Well, Support Local Farmers and the Food Pantry
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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.
J.P. McHale's "Smash Hunger" Ping Pong Tournament
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!
Many thanks to all who contributed to making this Easter Distribution a great success. 151 families received a turkey or a ham and all the fixings to make a festive meal to share with loved ones. 322 children, ages 12 and under received Easter Baskets! And thanks to Corrine DeSantis and her Elizabeth Ann Seton crews who collected donations and then created and delivered 300 baskets for distribution, 'St. Mary's religious education classes and to individuals who donated baskets, the pantry was able to give baskets to many of our older children who were well pleased not to be left out.
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.
Easter Distribution 2018
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.
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!
J.P. McHale's "Smash Hunger" Ping Pong Tournament played to benefit the pantry was a huge success. 13 teams consisting of 113 players played a round robin of games. Over
$20,000 was raised to support the operation of the pantry. A standing ovation of thanks to Rich McHale, his crew and his network of business contacts and friends for coming out, having fun and reaching out a hand to help others.
The You Tube Phenomena!