When COVID hit the community in March 2020 the pantry moved its operations outdoors and served its clients outside for two years. “In rain and shine, freezing and sweltering weather, we stayed open and provided food to our community members who needed it,” said C.J. Lonoff, pantry president.
In September 2021, DVFP was displaced after Hurricane Ida flooded the building’s basement and its electrical unit. Thanks to the generosity of the Centenary United Methodist Church on Union Street, the pantry moved inventory and volunteers immediately and began serving the community outside the church.
The Delaware Valley Food Pantry is proud to honor Sherry Krakos for her 21 years of selfless service as treasurer, and congratulate her on her retirement. Find out more about other news and changes at DVFP.
The Delaware Valley Food Pantry Board wishes to thank all of the donors that gave so generously to aid the people rendered homeless by the flood on September 1. Due to their generosity, the Delaware Valley Food Pantry Board was able to donate $50,000 to the Lambertville Emergency Fund.
With these funds, each of the families that lost their homes at the Village Apartments in Lambertville were given $1,000 to assist with their recovery. The remaining funds are being used to help other displaced Lambertville flood victims.
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.