The Greenwood Lake Food Pantry would like to once again thank all the individuals and organizations who came forward to assist us in creating and distributing food baskets for both Thanksgiving and Christmas/Hanukkah. We were able to distribute over 120 baskets of turkey or chicken and all the trimmings to families in Greenwood Lake for the holidays; enabling them to have traditional and delicious meals.
We have so many generous benefactors; I hope I don’t miss any. A huge thanks to the Greenwood Lake Chamber of Commerce which donated 40 turkeys and ShopRite of Warwick which provided 15 free turkeys. Hannaford of Middletown donated 50 Hannaford Fights Hunger boxes and the wonderful people from the 1st Lt. Louis Allen Foundation (Laurene Sandstrom and Michael Flower) made a special trip to drop off boxes of potatoes, stuffing, gravy and vegetables.
We also received a truckload of food from the Catholic Charities Stuff A Bus program thanks to Kristin Jensen and Michael Peters. And we can’t forget the Greenwood Lake Elementary School which held a food drive to provide us with even more! What a great job by the kids and parents of the Elementary School. And let’s not forget the hard working teens who helped us distribute baskets on two Saturday mornings.
Then there are the wonderful residents of Greenwood Lake who stopped by and dropped off turkeys, food, toiletries and money. A special thank you to Daisy Troop 222; the girls did a wonderful job with their food drive. We have a terrific community here and are very grateful for all their support. And of course all the volunteers at the Pantry; we couldn’t do any of this without their dedication.
John and Mary Cox, Sandy Holz and “Santa Bob” do a fabulous job of coordinating the Angel Tree in the Post Office. They spend many hours setting up the tree, organizing and gathering the gifts and distributing them to our local families. And of course, none of that would be possible without the generous people of Greenwood Lake who reach out to those in need and purchase all the wonderful gifts for the Angel Tree.
We are truly blessed here in Greenwood Lake. Thanks to everyone who reached out to help us; apologies to anyone that we may have missed!
PRESIDENT, GREENWOOD LAKE FOOD PANTRY