The Delaware Valley Food Pantry recently celebrated its first birthday at its new location in the CVS Shopping Center in Lambertville, N.J.
While the organization has been feeding families since 1955, it opened its doors next to CVS on July 31, 2019.
And what a year it has been.
The first seven months were business as usual – and then the pandemic hit. The pantry closed briefly for a deep cleaning and then moved its operations outside for the safety of its clients and volunteers.
“We had to make numerous changes to our operations to keep our volunteers, clients, and suppliers safe, as a first priority,” said Joe McGrath, director of operations. “We made several safety improvements while still providing a continuous flow of much-needed food to our clients. We did all of this with a much reduced number of volunteers, as a number of our regular volunteers chose to opt out for their family’s safety.”
Ever since, the pantry continues to serve its clients with pre-packaged bags filled by its hard-working volunteers with additional selections of meat, dairy, and fresh produce.
Highlights of the year include:
– In the first six months of 2020, the pantry served an average of 1,267 people a month. This was a 25% increase in clients – the largest increase in any six-month period.
– Community support also increased to meet this new demand. Since opening in the CVS Shopping Center, the pantry has been the beneficiary of generous donations from local donors, businesses, community and religious organizations. It would not have been able to continue its work without community support.
– A substantial increase in adult and student volunteer applications.
– The pantry has a new website (delawarevalleyfoodpantry.org) and a Facebook page (Delaware Valley Food Pantry) where community members can stay up to date on pantry news and current needs.
As it heads into their second year at the new location, the Delaware Valley Food Pantry’s “Pandemic Team” of faithful volunteers look forward to feeding all community members in need of extra food. They also want to thank all their local donors, businesses, religious and community organizations for giving them much to celebrate on their first birthday celebration.
Delaware Valley Food Pantry wants to thank our neighbors and McCaffrey’s Markets for your overwhelming support of the food pantry during these difficult times.In this photo, Jim McCaffrey President of McCaffrey’s Food Markets presents a check for $7,778 to the food pantry. This money was raised from donations made by customers at the registers of the New Hope McCaffrey’s.Jim is presenting the check to Bert Johnson (President of the Delaware Valley Food Pantry) and Joe McGrath (Director of Operations).Thank you neighbors!
Karla’s Restaurant in New Hope has partnered with Village Toy Shoppe to offer you delicious food AND family fun board games for take out and delivery! From 5/13/20 through Monday, May 18, 2020, Karla’s and Village Toy Shoppe will donate FIVE DOLLARS to the Delaware Valley Food Pantry for every game added to an on-line food purchase. Help support our neighbors in need and have a little fun, too! Order @ karlasnewhope.com.
Bert Johnson, President of DVFP, and Joe McGrath, COO of DVFP, extend their gratitude to our friends at Karla’s and Village Toy Shoppe. Thank you so much!
What’s your favorite Thanksgiving pie? Apple…Pumpkin… How about Pizza Pie? Please join Bert Johnson (President of Delaware Valley Food Pantry) and Evy Inoue on November 7 at Liberty Hall Pizza from 5 pm-9 pm to help support the Delaware Valley Food Pantry this Thanksgiving.
Chris Bryan, master Liberty Hall pizzaiolo, will debut a special Thanksgiving pizza pie featuring country herb turkey sausage, wild mushrooms, cornbread stuffing, candied yams, and a drizzle of cranberry relish sauce. It will be available from Thursday, November 7th through the end of November with proceeds donated to the food pantry. In addition, Liberty Hall will have their full menu of pizza, salads, and desserts and will donate a portion of the proceeds collected that night to anyone who mentions that they are there to support the food pantry.
Bert and Evy will be Guest Pizzaiolos (pizzamakers). Their goal is to help raise money and awareness of DVFP whose mission is to provide food for all those in need in our area. Bert and Evy are thrilled to be working with Chris Bryan, Danny Popkin, and Liberty Hall Pizza and want to thank the Lambertville and New Hope community whose generosity keeps the Delaware Valley Food Pantry open.
In addition, folks can drop off canned goods and non-perishable donations for the food pantry in a large bin in the building lobby all month long. For the holidays, the pantry can especially use canned peas, sweet potatoes, turkey gravy, and boxes of stuffing.
It took a small village to put together the best Grand Re-Opening Food Pantry Celebration EVER! It sounds funny — a “Grand Opening” for a place that’s been feeding families since 1955, but we now have a new location, a new name, a new logo, and windows, heating, a/c, a parking lot, and running water – finally!
Thanks so much to all the friends and supporters of the food pantry, the volunteers, the awesome politicians from both sides of the Delaware River, the artists that judged our new logo, the winner of the logo contest, Claudia Miranda, and all the support from local businesses and restaurants including the Bucks County Herald, Shop Rite, and Giant.
And a HUGE thanks to C.J. Lonoff, Joe McGrath, Bert Johnson, Evy Inoue, Cheryl Serdaru, Saunnie Dunne, Thora Faigle and Mila Montemayor for making such a special event happen. The Delaware Valley Food Pantry is ready to feed local families for at least another 55 years!
Thank you also to the best volunteer team in town: Linda, Lillian, Annette, Jody, Pat, Kathy, Leah, Jeanne, Jerry, Sheila, Bernie, Katherine, John, Gerry, Fiona, Karl, Suzanne, Elizabeth, Carol, and Sherry!