I am writing to offer thanks for the tremendous community support received for the Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry’s 2018 holiday program. This year, in addition to regular service, the pantry provided an extra-large bag of holiday-useful groceries to families that visited any time in November.
Families that visited any time in December received two extra-large bags of holiday useful groceries and $50 worth of ShopRite gift cards to provide for perishables of choice. Each family also received a holiday “goody bag” with treats for everyone to enjoy. The considerable inventory of excess groceries left over will help the pantry keep the shelves stocked well into the New Year.
Thanks to these schools: the Math Club of Mount St. Mary College, Park Avenue Elementary School, St. Edward School, Sanfordville Elementary School, the WVCSD office, the Warwick High School, and the Warwick Middle School.
Thanks to these churches: Christ Episcopal, Good Shepherd Lutheran, St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic, the Sugar Loaf United Methodist Church, U.A.M.E. Church, the Warwick Reformed Church, and the Warwick United Methodist Church.
Thanks to these businesses: Ochs Orchards, Penning’s Farm Market, and WVT Communications.
Thanks to these local medical professionals: Horizon Family Medical Group (throughout Orange County), St. Anthony Physicians, St. Anthony Community Hospital and the Warwick Healthcare Campus, and the Warwick Junior Ambulance Corps.
Thanks to our longtime booster and partner, ShopRite of Warwick, for all that it does for the pantry. Thanks to Michael DiMartino, of the Landmark Inn, who catered a lovely holiday dinner for our families, and to ShopRite, which provided the desserts.
Thanks for our Angel Tree: to Olivia Quinones for refurbishing, to the Newhard family for the use of their fence, and to Betsy Mitchel for doing everything else to make it possible.
Thanks to all of those gracious individuals who dropped off boxes and bags and who pressed supermarket gift cards into my hands or left them for me in the pantry mailbox. Thanks, also, to anyone I missed.
My fervent hope always is that no one comes to the pantry because no one needs. Next best is that the community provides for my families as generously as it does. The community was outstandingly generous this holiday season. It made for a blowout to benefit the families. I am truly grateful for blessings bestowed and shared.
The Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry is a community outreach ministry of the Warwick United Methodist Church and is supported by churches in the Warwick Valley. The pantry is located at 135 Forester Avenue at the corner of Rte. 17A and Galloway Rd. It is open Mon. and Thurs. from 6 to 8 p.m. and Tues. from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Anyone who needs us is welcome. For more information, call 986-8368 or visit www.warwickpantry.com.
GLENN P. DICKES
DIRECTOR OF THE PANTRY