Thanks to an extremely generous grant from Ridgefield Thrift Shop, we are able to supplement our food distributions with personal care items such as soap, toothpaste, and shampoo. Thorough handwashing is one of the best ways to combat the coronavirus and we are so grateful to RTS for helping our clients keep themselves safe. Here's the gang getting ready for just another day in the office!
First distribution of the New Year! In addition to our usual healthy produce - and some healthy-ish snacks - we had warm and woolly hats, scarves and gloves to hand out. We even went high-tech thanks to a donated iPad Pro. Now our volunteers can sign-in and go through health screening in the safest way possible.
We expected a large number of clients to visit for our December 22 distribution and we were certainly not disappointed! Along with what seemed like a farm's worth of chickens, there were apple pies, plenty of produce, and our usual bags of non-perishable staples. Thanks to the generosity of one very thoughtful donor, we also had some special treats sourced from a couple of local independent bakeries - Mothership on Main and La Mexicana. Being able to support businesses in the community while providing a little extra cheer to our clients reminds us we are all in this together, and are so much stronger together than apart.
As always, we were blessed with our usual army of volunteers, without whom none of this could happen. Pictured L to R in the first photo are just four - Patti, Jane, Marybeth and Susie - but we are so grateful to each and every one.
Thanksgiving is a little different for everybody this year but what isn't different is the generosity of our donors and the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. On November 24, the Pantry gave out close to 250 turkeys in addition to our regular distribution fare