Here’s a message from the food pantry at St. Mary’s:
The Community Food Pantry at St. Mary’s Mohegan Lake is a grassroots all volunteer staffed service that has been in operation for over 30 years. People in our neighborhood and surrounding area hear about us through word of mouth or by referral through religious, school or social service organizations. Besides providing emergency and supplemental food, we provide nutritional, health and voter registration information as well as referral sources to meet other basic needs. We ask our guests to fill out a registration form that requires proof of residency. No one is turned away if they are in need, but we do provide residents outside our neighborhood and surrounding area with information about emergency food programs available to them. The Community Food Pantry is a self-select pantry, serving 3 meals for 3 days. Food items for that day are on display so that our guests may make choices. Frozen meats, poultry and/or fish are part of the weekly distribution. Several times a month fresh produce is available through the Food Bank for Westchester. The pantry also receives produce during the growing season from Hilltop Hanover Farms, a Westchester County Environmental Education Farm located in Yorktown. Three times a year during major holidays, we provide special meals for families and individuals. At Christmas and Easter gifts are provided for dependent children.
Our guests not only come for emergency food, but to find a friendly face, someone who knows their name and listens if only for a brief moment in their all too troubled lives. Over the years the numbers of households that we serve continues to increase. We are seeing more households where there is at least one adult working, but they still cannot make ends meet. We are seeing more people who have been recently laid off or whose unemployment benefits have run out. We are continuing to see a rise in our Hispanic population and our elderly who are finding their incomes stretched to the limits.
Not only does The Community Food Pantry offer emergency and supplemental food assistance to our neighbors in need, the pantry offers the opportunity to fulfill community service for our youth who need it for school, church/synagogue/mosque or civic organizations . The local judicial system also refers folks to us so they can complete community service requirements.
Volunteers are always welcome and come from all walks of life and all ages.
The Community Food Pantry is truly an integral part of the Mohegan Lake and greater Yorktown/Cortlandt area.
Hours of Operation: Every Saturday Morning – Setup starts at 8:00 am,
Distribution is from 9:30 to 11:00 am
Clean-up is completed no later than 11:15
(pre-packed emergency bags are available Tuesday through Friday during office hours, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm)