Ossining Food Pantry Spring 2018 Update
The Ossining Food Pantry is in our 30th year of service to the community. With approximately 120 volunteers, we are able to provide food to 150-200 families each week via a combination of our Client Choice Pantry at Trinity Church, Home Delivery for clients who can not come to us, Agency Delivery to selected families at Ossining Children's Center and Saint Matthew's Daycare Center and, via our Emergency Delivery program. Our clients include people from all walks of life: old, young, single, small and large families, the unemployed and the underemployed. All are in need of our help to make ends meet.
Thank you for being a part of the Ossining Food Pantry's effort
to help those in need in the Greater Ossining area.
We are pleased to highlight Eva Marie McGinnis in our Volunteer Spotlight report. For the past 29 years, Eva Marie has worked most Friday mornings distributing food to our clients. In addition to distributing food, Eva Marie is also the "CEO of the coffee pot and refreshments" on Friday mornings. When asked about her favorite part of the work, Eva Marie remarked that she enjoys interacting with the clients and the volunteers. We thank Eva Marie for her 29 years of service to the community!

Photo: Eva Marie McGinnis at Trinity Church distribution (May 2018)
Calling All Donors!!
Later this month, the community will receive a request for donations, from the Food Pantry. The Food Pantry does not receive funding from the federal government. We don't receive direct aid from the state either. That's why we periodically reach out to you for financial support. It is through the generous donations from people like you that we are able to keep our doors open. 

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive - Saturday, May 12th
The annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive is once again being sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers. This year's event is on Saturday, May 12, 2018. The Ossining post office is participating and will pick up all donated non-perishable items left near your mailbox. The Ossining letter carriers will bring the donated items to the Ossining Food Pantry for distribution to our clients. Please spread the word with your neighbors to leave non-perishable food items for pick up. Please be mindful to donate only non-expired foods! We thank the Ossining post office for it's participation in this important community event.

Photo: Karen Carlson - Chair, In-Kind Donations at last year's event.
2nd Annual Stop and Shop Event - Feeding Our Families
On Saturday, April 28, 2018, Feeding Westchester (formerly the Food Bank for Westchester) held a food drive in 15 Stop and Shop stores throughout Westchester County. The Ossining event was staffed by many of our wonderful Ossining Food Pantry volunteers. Throughout the day, our volunteers collected approximately 2,100 pounds of donated, non-perishable food from area shoppers. 

We thank the Stop & Shop customers for their generous donations. We are also very thankful for the helping hands of Food Pantry volunteers.

Photo:Front (L to R) Peter Gaulmette, Chris Cafarelli, Margaret Young, Joanne McAuley, Barbara Schnapp, Terri McNamara, Nancy Castellucci, Helen Garcia, Pepi Powell. Back Row (L to R) Carl Gonsalves, Joe Scaperotta, John Kearns
Community Food Donations - Other Ways to Help
Organize a Food Drive
Work with your neighborhood, school or community organization to organize a food drive for non-perishable, non-expired food items.

I f you would like to become involved with a food drive or if you would like to donate food, please call the Food Pantry at 914-762-5510. A volunteer will return the call and explain our non-perishable food needs.
Start a Community Garden
The Spring/Summer growing season will soon be upon us. Please consider joining with your neighbors and friends to plant a community vegetable garden. By donating the product of your hard labor -- fresh vegetables -- you will help us provide fresh food items to our Choice Pantry. Please call the Food Pantry at 914-762-5510 for information regarding our delivery needs.
Community Food Donations - Other Ways to Help
In recent newsletters, we've been highlighting some of the many organizations and individuals who donate food items to help feed those in need. Just a few additional examples of organizations who have collected and donated food in recent months include: Faith Lutheran Church (Briarcliff), Hudson Financial Services and their clients (Briarcliff), St. Paul's on the Hill (Ossining), Briarcliff Congregational Church and Congregation Sons of Israel (Briarcliff) as well as individuals who leave non-perishable food items at the Briarcliff Manor and Ossining libraries. Thank you!
We'd Like to Hear from You!
Comments? Suggestions? Please email your ideas to OssFoodPan@gmail.com  and note NEWSLETTER in the subject line. 

Thank You! 
Ossining Food Pantry, PO Box 869, Ossining, NY 10562 
 Email:  OssFoodPan@gmail.com | www.OssiningFoodPantry.org |914-762-5510