Hunger Is Not a Disease

Dear Neighbor


THIS WEEK WAS GLORIOUS IN THE RESERVOIR FOOD PANTRY.   Although the pantry was so cold that the pens froze at the sign-in book, we didn’t even mind.  After all, I’m experienced with working in a cold space.  The Woodstock Reformed Church was never heated either.  So what.  It’s better for the produce, don’t you agree?

But, back to the glorious part…our first ever mailer went out this week.  Or, rather, the whole project was completed on Tuesday when I took the last load of letters to the Kingston Post Office to the Bulk Mail room.

What a wonderful feeling that was!  We’ve been working for months on this mailer.  Robyn Daugherty addressed envelopes on many pantry afternoons beginning about last March.

Bonnie Lykes and Felice Castellano took up pen and envelope throughout the summer months.   Then, other people joined in at the table and we finally finished the job this week.

Finalists included  Louise Cacchio, Garrett O’Dell, Susanne Traub, and Barbara Freisner.

Prasida and I signed the letters.

The entire project was a huge leap of faith.  After all, the Reservoir Food Pantry only opened in September, 2013, on Route 28 in Boiceville, when volunteers delivered food to 21 homebound households..  With little to no fanfare, we’ve been growing steadily.  The need for a food pantry in our area was great when we opened, and it’s even greater today.

WE SERVE OVER 900 PEOPLE MONTHLY.   40% of those served are homebound residents in the area  unable to come to the pantry.  Families and individuals visiting the  Reservoir Food Pantry weekly come from many different circumstances.  Some are single parent families.  Some work more than one job and are still unable to buy food after they pay the rent and get the gas to go to work.  Some have lost their jobs, their homes.  Still others are struggling with life-altering circumstances, be it a health issue, an accident, the loss of a family member, or other personal disaster.

The Reservoir Food Pantry was founded by local residents, Sean Bigler and Bonnie Lykes.  We’re fortunate to have the support pf volunteers from the community.  There are no salaried employees.  We nourish the hungry, both in our pantry and by delivering food to those unable to visit the pantry.  We offer canned, packaged food, bread and fresh produce regularly.  We also offer a limited amount of items of dignity.

THE PANTRY NEEDS YOUR HELP.   Your generosity is appreciated and your gift will be used to directly  help neighbors.  Please make your check payable to the Reservoir Food Pantry, and mail it to P. O. Box 245, Boiceville, NY 12412.

If you prefer to donate by credit card, please visit our website at

Reservoir Food Pantry, Inc., is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit charity and your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Peace and food for all.

Thurman Greco

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Thurman Greco