Hunger Is Not a Disease


SNAP is important.  SNAP will help you if you are having trouble buying groceries.

SNAP is important for your community, too, because when you are able to get food with SNAP, you will have cash available to help pay your rent or buy gas to get back and forth to work.

Have you, or has someone you know, applied for SNAP?  SNAP was formerly known as food stamps..  SNAP is about all that’s left in the way of assistance for people because welfare is shrinking and shrinking and shrinking yet again.

If you are having trouble paying for your groceries, now is a good time to apply.  If you’ve applied in the past and were denied, maybe you need to apply again.  You may, after all, have answered a question incompletely or incorrectly and were denied this benefit.  Try again.  You might do better this time around, especially if you or someone in your house is disabled or is a senior with medical expenses.

Some people are reluctant to apply for SNAP because they don’t know if they are eligible.  Or, maybe they applied in the past but were denied.  Many people don’t know how to apply and are overwhelmed by the application.  Some people have never heard of SNAP and think of it as food stamps.

One thing:  If you work, you need to know how to meet the work requirements.

Some information is needed to successfully apply for SNAP.  This information comes in several categories.

Proof of income is necessary.  This comes in the form of pay stubs, social security income information.

An identification is needed.  This might be a State ID, passport, birth certificate, etc.

Bills help.  This will include medical, heating, water, auto, rent.

Your social security number and the numbers of everyone in your household is necessary.

Dependent Care Costs will help.  These include day care costs, child support, attendant for disabled adult.

Contact your local Department of Social Services office to arrange for application assistance.  If this doesn’t work for you, contact your Office on Aging or Catholic Charities.

SNAP is an important benefit which will help you if you are having trouble buying groceries.

SNAP is important for your community, too, because when you are able to get food with stamps, you will have cash available to help pay your rent or buy gas to get back and forth to work.

SNAP is important for your household because you’ll be able to get more food with your SNAP card and you won’t be hungry anymore.

This translates to better health.

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Think Globally – Act Locally at the Food Pantry

“It doesn’t solve the problem” she said.  “We should be solving the problem.”

WE WERE STANDING IN THE HALLWAY OF THE PANTRY.   Hungry people  jammed the place.    Even with the heat turned off,  it  was  warm, just from the body heat of the crowd.  Someone had invited her over in hopes she’d see the people and be motivated to write a generous check to the pantry.

THE WHOLE SCHEME BACKFIRED.   “There was an ad in the paper on Sunday” she said.  “These people should all be out applying for jobs.”

Yeah.  Right.  We’ll all line up and apply for the job you saw listed,  I thought.  Besides that, many  of these people have jobs.  Some of them have more than one job.

“Well, I can see your point,” I replied.  Certainly, on some levels, a pantry does not solve the problem.  However, there are many problems to be solved when we talk hunger.  “Pantries do solve some of the problems.”

Take, for example, the problem of food waste and landfills.

We need to all understand where the food  fed to people in pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters comes from.  It’s mostly diverted from the landfill.  This diversion can reduce the waste stream, thus saving much money on local, state, and national levels.  Currently, the amount of food discarded annually amounts to hundreds of billions of dollars according to the recent Feeding America survey.

FOOD  SERVED IN OUR PANTRY IS DONATED FROM GROCERY STORES, FARMS, FOOD MANUFACTURERS.  It’s delicious, nutritious, beautiful, mostly organic produce which should never have gone  to the landfill to begin with.

For the most part, pantry and soup kitchen workers are volunteers doing a necessary job for no money.  This is our tax dollars at work.

THE FOOD IS AVAILABLE.  The people are hungry.  When  people shop at a pantry, they may save money which they can later circulate in the community.

Even though many elected officials are very much against SNAP, the funds spent with this program go directly into the community.  This is a financial boost that every town, hamlet, and city can use.

WE ARE A NATION WITH FEW PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS.  Our country’s oil industry has powerful lobbyists  who leverage enough influence so their clients pay no taxes.

To feed the poor of our nation with surplus food offers them the opportunity to put more gas in their cars and get to more of the low-wage jobs they hold down.  The trend is toward a person working 2 or 3 jobs.  If we are too rough on the poverty stricken struggling people,  they won’t be able to get to their jobs and then where will we all be?

We need more pantries to make  more food more available.  We need pantries in schools, churches, synagogues, town halls, hospitals, anywhere people congregate.


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A Labor Day Celebration at the Reservoir Food Pantry – and, an Open House on the 11th!

While many of us in the area are out celebrating summer’s last weekend, the volunteers at Reservoir Food Pantry are  celebrating as well…but in a different way.

THE PANTRY OPENS AT 2 P.M. ON MONDAYS,  HOLIDAY OR NOT.   We celebrate a Monday holiday by offering food to hungry people who do not otherwise have the funds to get the food.

This particular week in September is always an expensive one because not only are our shoppers trying to buy food for upcoming school lunches, they are out scrounging for school supplies and school clothes for the children.  It’ll soon be time for sweaters and coats.

Prasida drove to Latham  Friday for the produce.


,Volunteers at the Reservoir Food Pantry usually serve about 50 families and households on Monday afternoons.  They serve an equal number of homebound households  on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Food for Tuesday’s deliveries to homebound and senior neighbors is  packed on Mondays at the end of the pantry shift.  Distribution  continues on Tuesdays and Fridays.

We’re celebrating our first anniversary on September 11th between 4 and 7.  Please come join us.  See our new pantry.  It’s in an adorable barn located behind Robert’s Auction in Boiceville at 4073 Route 28.  As someone recently said “You’re STILL open!”

Yes, we’re STILL open!


The Reservoir Food Pantry is now accepting volunteers to deliver food to  homebound households and seniors in the area.  A route delivery person is needed in the Olivebridge area.  If you are interested, please call 845-399-3967.

If you want to support the Reservoir Food Pantry but cannot volunteer, you are invited to send a donation to P.O.Box 245, Boiceville, NY, 12412.  Please make the check out to Reservoir Food Pantry.

We thank you in advance for your support of the Reservoir Food Pantry.

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I Need a Gun in the Food Pantry

“There is nothing that can’t be solved by the use of high explosives.” – Joshua Garner

“I’d like to get an application for a gun permit, please.” I said, the only little old gray  haired lady in the room.  I was finally first in  line at the government office at Golden Hill in Kingston.

The counter person, an overweight man in his 50’s, could hardly contain his laughter as he handed me the form.  “That’ll be $5 please, miss.”

I handed him the money and started to walk away.  Then, I just couldn’t stand it anymore.  I turned around to him and said pleasantly “Will you sell me 3 more applications, please?  I forgot  the girls in my Senior Yoga class asked me to get applications for them, too.”

I pulled out $15 more and put the money on the counter.  The man gave me three more applications and then I walked away.  I had no idea who I was going to give the applications to but I remembered the old “Alices Restaurant” song about three people or more people doing something and being a movement.

When I got home in Woodstock,  Barry was sitting on the sofa surrounded by his  cats as he read the latest thriller. “Hi Thurman.    How’re you doing?” he asked without looking up as he took a few grapes from a large fruit filled bowl on a table beside the sofa.  .

“I WANT TO LEARN TO SHOOT A GUN.  I want a gun.” I replied.  “I got the application today and I want you to teach me to shoot a gun.”


“I want you to teach me to shoot a gun.  I know you can.  You didn’t spend all those years sneaking off to the CIA and NSA  without knowing how to use a gun.    They even gave you a medal or award or something at the CIA once.  For all I know, you’re a damn bazooka expert.  Maybe I want to learn that too.”

“YOU CAN’T DO THAT!  You might accidentally shoot one of the Chihuahuas.”

“Well, I’m tired of asking pantry volunteers to be bodyguards.  It’s not safe when I’m working in the pantry after hours.  I haven’t felt safe since that incident with Mike and Mike and the air conditioner.  And, I’m not one bit afraid of the shoppers.”

“Listen, I know your job is difficuIt Thurman.  Not even a Marine drill sergeant would do what you’re doing.  But I don’t know about a gun.”

“I know, I know.  I should be more comfortable with everything that’s happening.  After all, I did live fifty miles from headhunters in Venezuela but that was all a long time ago.  This is the 21st century.  That Maglite  I bought a while back just isn’t the same as a club.  I need something more powerful.

“I’ve lived with guns my whole life.” I continued.  “My father wore a pistol every day to work in his law office.   Everyone in my family carried guns and had rifles in their cars.  My grandmother kept a rifle in her bathroom.”

” TG-YOU’RE JUST NOT THE GUN TYPE.   I don’t care what you say about your relatives carrying arms.  Besides that, I sold my last gun years ago.  What about a knife?  Let me teach you to use a knife.  A good knife will cost  much less and you won’t need a permit.  You won’t need  bullets.  It won’t require maintenance.  It’ll be easier to carry and use.  I’ll  give you lessons.  Nobody will ever know.  Leash up the Chihuahuas.  We’re going to Warren Cutlery right now.”

And, so he did.  He took me to Warren Cutlery.  I held several different knives to see how they fit in my palm.  My first choice didn’t pass muster.  “That knife is too big and too heavy” Barry said as he pointed to a smaller model.  “You need something small enough that you can open quickly.  If you’re too slow, your attacker will have you down before you get it open.”

So, I chose a smaller, lighter model that happened to be on sale.

And, off we went.  He taught me to use and carry a knife.  He taught me how to open it quickly but never bothered with teaching me to close it fast.  “That part’s not important” he said as he helped me practice.

And, he was right.  A knife is quiet.  It weighs less than a gun.  I don’t need a permit.  I don’t have to worry about shooting one of the Chihuahuas by accident.  And, unless I go through a metal detector before I take it out of my purse, no one has a clue.  I’m just a sweet little old gray haired lady in a Prius tootling down the road 5 miles below the speed limit.

Before it was all over, he bought me a second  knife…a smaller one which I kept open on the counter in the pantry ostensibly to open cardboard boxes.

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School Days Are Here Again! – feeding the hungry


Hunger is a condition.  It accompanies malnourishment.  As Mark Bittman of the New York Times said:  “Hunger can lead to starvation; starvation to death.

School supplies, school clothes, shoes, coats, sweaters, lunches, snacks.


Nationwide, 17 million children go to bed at night hungry.  In many of these households, parents and older siblings go hungry so the younger ones can eat.

FOOD INSECURE SCHOOL CHILDREN HAVE A MUCH HARDER TIME LEARNING THAN THEIR WELL FED CLASSMATES.   Statistics from the Feeding America survey tell us that one child in five eats only as school.  Food Banks try to fill this gap by offering backpack programs in tandem with Food Pantries and Elementary Schools.  Lucky is the child leaving school   Friday afternoons with a backpack filled with nourishing food to eat over the weekend.

There are few to no Backpack Programs in our area so the volunteers at the Reservoir Food Pantry work overtime to secure enough food for families with school children.

Only 2 weeks ago pantry volunteers were outside the Kingston Walmart for three days soliciting peanut butter and jelly for school sandwiches.  These volunteers will return  on September 4th, 5th, and 6th to ask for food for school lunches.

On Saturday, September 27th, we’ll be outside the Boiceville IGA asking for food for school children also.

If you can drop by either of these places with a donation, we’ll be extremely grateful.  If you can’t make it and want to send a donation, please send it to Reservoir Food Pantry, P.O.Box 245, Boiceville, NY 12412.  Either  way:   dropping by the store or sending a check, we’re grateful.  The food will be used to   feed hungry children.


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Meetings, Meetings, Meetings: Preparing for the next Big One

“If one person, just one person does it they may think he’s really sick and they won’t take him.  And, if two people do it, in harmony, they may think they’re both faggots and they won’t take either one of them.  And if three people do it, three, can you imagine three people walking in singing a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out, they may think it’s an organization.” – Arlo Guthrie

Disaster Preparedess, Response, and Recovery

Hudson Valley Farm Fresh

Shelter Committee

Volunteer Workforce

Feeding Committee

Community Animal Response Team

The list continues.  Groups have been meeting  for months.

THE FOCUS IS ON THE NEXT BIG ONE.  I’ve attended some because, as a pantry coordinator,  I’ll be involved somehow.    After a hurricane or other disaster, the people visiting  a pantry can be frightened, confused.

A pantry coordinator after Irene and Sandy, I experienced first hand the face of tragedy worn by the shoppers after they lost homes, jobs, cars.

AFTER IRENE AND SANDY, I TRIED TO INTEREST WOODSTOCK PEOPLE IN PREPARING FOR THE NEXT BIG ONE.   I was too soon.   The response was silence and cold stares.

Now, a group works to minimize future damage.  The thought, planning, preparation, is significant, thorough, detail oriented.  Many people are  important in this endeavor:  Michael Berg from Family, Robert  Lamoree from Community Action, and Michael Raphael from American Red Cross.   Beth McLenden from UlsterCorps, John Scott from Bruderhof, Stacey Rein and Su Marcey from United Way, and a deeply involved group supporting these people.  Representatives from FEMA, Homeland Security, Office of the Aging, Alcoa are doing their part to move this preparations along.

THERE ARE OTHERS – MANY OTHERS.  What’s important is not  the names.  Everyone does whatever is necessary  to minimize disaster damage and to be more effective responders:

They’re seeking out community leaders and residents to identify shelters, feeding stations.

They’re planning innovative strategies to reach more people.

They’re making efforts to identify those who will need assistance.

They’re working to get as many people trained as possible.

FOR MANY, THE EFFORTS ARE HERCULEAN   I see legacies being left as people work.  I  see careers boosted.  But, let me state here:  I don’t think  even one person is focused on either legacy or career ladders.  Everyone is focused on disaster preparation, response, and relief.

Every Monday afternoon at 2, Reservoir Food Pantry volunteers gather behind Robert’s Auction and distribute food to people whose lives were seriously impacted by Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy.  Many still do not have their lives repaired.

Our disaster preparation focus at the pantry is how to feed shoppers during and after a disaster.   We’re trying to identify the older homebound persons who might not be on anyone else’s radar screen.

FOR THIS, ‘HYPER LOCAL KNOWLEDGE IS NEEDED’.  Unfortunately, Ulster County is a large, diverse plot of land.  Few know the entire county intimately.  Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Committee people are scouring the entire county and gathering information, planning…working hard to have Ulster County ready for the next Big One.


On Tuesday, August 26th at 10 am, there will be a Phoenicia/Shandaken Area Disaster Workforce Planning Meeting at St. Francis deSales Parish Hall in Phoenicia at 109 Main St.


On Tuesday, September 2nd from 5 to 9 pm, there will be an introductory training at the Ulster County Sheriff’s office, 380 Boulevard, in Kingston.  I’m going to attend this one.  Can you come too?

And, on Saturday, October 18th, Alcoa/American Red Cross will sponsor an Emergency Preparedness Event from 10:30 am to 3 pm at Alcoa Fastening Systems, 1 Corporate Drive, Kingston.


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Food Pantry Blog – Whew!

Such a day!  Such a week!  Even I can’t believe all of it.  But, I suppose actions speak for themselves.  And, I have to realize we’ve been working towards this week for a whole year now.

Volunteers at the Reservoir Food Pantry are living proof that excitement can make a person drunk.  We were intoxicated on gratitude all day  Monday.

For starters, Prasida went off to Latham early Monday morning and returned at noon with almost 700 pounds of fresh produce – gorgeous produce.  Corn, greens, potatoes, onions, carrots, herbs, spinach, apples, apricots, peaches, melons, beans.

And, while Prasida was off on 87 doing her thing, the two Bobs,  Pat and I were over at the Hannaford’s getting our very first monthly shipment.  With a lot of planning and praying, this went off without a hitch.  This is a huge step for our new little pantry.  We’re working on a standing appointment at 11:30 on delivery day!

Then,  we made our way over to the pantry and set up our tables.  The spread, under a gorgeous sky, was the best ever.  And, to celebrate all this bounty, some of us worked the distribution tables serving  groceries from the Food Bank, Migliorelli Farm, Shandaken Community Gardens, Bread Alone, and Esotec.

Others  measured shelving for the new shed we just put behind Robert’s Auction.  At one point, Sean went off to purchase same so we can get it installed.

By the end of the pantry day, we were all so excited we weren’t touching the ground.

We’re soon to celebrate our first anniversary!  We hope you’ll come out between 4 and 7 on the afternoon of September 11th.  We won’t be hard to find.  We’ll be in the adorable red shed behind Robert’s Auction in Boiceville.

Come out and see what all the excitement is about.  Come share some refreshments.  Come see where people pantry shop in the Reservoir area!

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Take Outs – Why People Can’t Get To The Pantry

“Thurman, why are you delivering food to her house?  She’s got children.  One of them has a car.  He can bring her. ”

“Thurman, nobody who has a car should get food delivered.”

“Thurman, he’s got some money.  You can’t take food to him.”

THERE ARE ALWAYS THOSE WHO CANNOT MAKE IT TO THE PANTRY.   Delivery service is not always available in every pantry. And, there are always others  who feel  delivery service is an exclusive experience for the freeloaders.
My stance is that those who need delivery service are the neediest of all.
“Hello, Mr. Roberts. How are you doing today?”
“Thanks so much for coming Thurman. I’ve been getting meals from my neighbors but they didn’t make it over yesterday so I’m out of food and haven’t eaten since yesterday morning.”
“Well, have you got any snacks to tide you over when this happens?”
“Not really. And, anyway, I can’t walk anymore. I can barely make it to the bathroom.”
“What about Meals on Wheels?”
“Can’t afford them.”
“Aren’t you getting hospice? When is the hospice lady supposed to come?”

MANY HOME BOUND PEOPLE ARE ELDERLY.   The —–(you put in the body part here) no longer works, the person becomes home bound.  Unless this older citizen has a large support group, life can be challenging.

The best approach for dealing with the needs of the home bound, especially the elderly, is to encourage  them to use the pantry before they are home bound.  But, this can be a real challenge.

GETTING A SENIOR CITIZEN TO USE A PANTRY CAN BE DIFFICULT.   But the food is there and they should be encouraged to use not only the pantry but the soup kitchen and SNAP.  Then, when they become home bound, they will already have a support system of sorts which can be adapted to their needs.

Current statistics, from the Feeding America survey, for seniors in our country tell us that one senior in seven does not get enough food.  When this happens, the senior is at risk of illness.

WHEN THE SENIOR GETS SICK THE CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN MUST TAKE CARE OF HIM/HER.   Proper nutrition is a good disease prevention measure.

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Last Monday at the Reservoir Food Pantry

It is not necessary to advertise food to hungry people, fuel to cold people, or houses to the homeless.” – John Kenneth Galbraith

TWICE AS MANY FOUND US THIS MONDAY AT THE RESERVOIR FOOD PANTRY AS FOUND US JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO.    We’re not trying to hide out or anything but each week, the number of people shopping at our pantry grows.

We’re open  Monday afternoons from 2:00 to 4:00 up the hill behind Robert’s Auction.  They trickle in, slowly, (some a little hesitantly), trying to figure out how to act at a food pantry.  Soon, they’re visiting, chatting, getting to know one another over apples, asparagus, lettuce.

“How much of this can I have?”

“Look at this!  I haven’t had an orange in ages.”

“Wow!  What beautiful lettuce!”

The fresh produce comes from Migliorelli Farm, Shandaken Community Garden, and the Food Bank of Northeastern New York.

The bread comes from Bread Alone.

This event could have sent inexperienced volunteers into total confusion mode.  Not this crowd.  Everyone is experienced so we just went into expansion mode.  Before 3:00, we were discussing where we’re going to put the new shelves  we’re buying for the shed that just got delivered.

We were discussing where the new refrigerator and freezer that we so desperately need are going to go.

The  shed had one level of need last week.  This week is a totally new picture.

BECAUSE, WE ALL KNOW THAT NUMBERS GO UP IN A PANTRY.   They don’t go down.  The Boiceville area has needed a pantry for awhile so we’re prepared to expand to meet the demand created by increasing numbers of shoppers.

Our updated shopping list includes one refrigerator, one freezer, four sets of industrial shelves, and $280 more each month for gasoline to drive to Latham for food to feed the hungry.

Last Saturday saw Prasida, Bob, Sean, and Bonnie outside the Boiceville IGA asking for food or funds.  Either was just fine.  All the money donated went right into the grocery store for food.  We bought everything on sale:  canned tomatoes, canned tomato sauce, salad dressings, mustard, canned beans, soups.

We’ll be back at the IGA at the end of September we hope.  We’ll be asking for holiday foods:  canned pumpkin, canned green beans, canned cream soups, stuffing mix, gravy, instant mashed potatoes…as much as we can get for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Prasida and  Bob will  be outside the Kingston Walmart on August 13, 14, and 15th again asking for food and funds.  Without the generosity of  the IGA and the Walmart managment and shoppers, our pantry would be a very different place than it is now.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE:  VOLUNTEERS, STOREKEEPERS, DONORS.  We are here today, serving the hungry, because you care.

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The Wednesday Afternoon Farm Festival in Woodstock

In typical Woodstock fashion, the town fought over the farm festival for years before it finally happened.
FIGHTS LIKE THIS HAPPEN IN WOODSTOCK ALL THE TIME.   Every community improvement takes years of fighting before it becomes a reality. And, while this entertains many people, it holds up progress.
Those years of fighting represented  lost revenue for a town that really doesn’t have a lot of options for income.
Oh well, I’m getting off track here.
But, not how you might think. Symbolism is important here. As people go down the path toward the pantry, they begin to lose their connection to the community. This happens mainly because they have no money to participate in  activities and they’re depressed, embarrassed, sad about being broke, sick, out of a job, going through foreclosure, etc. You put in the words here.
Every situation is different, but the process is the same for the people going down the path.
So, the pantry shoppers, for the most part, didn’t have the money to participate in the farm festival.
MIGLIORELLI FARMS OFFERED A SMALL MIRACLE AT THE END OF EACH MARKET AFTERNOON.   Several volunteers from the Good Neighbor Food Pantry were allowed on the grounds in the final few minutes of the market to load up a car with some of the veggies. We then took them back to the pantry and stacked them to distribute on Thursday.
WHAT A GIFT! Migliorelli Farms offered a real emotional boost to our many shoppers as well as delicious, nutritious food. Migliorelli  fed the body as well as the soul.
Now, the shoppers at least had a small connection to the farm market festival.
Until…one day a member of the Farmers Market Board of Directors called me up and pulled the plug. “You can’t have any more of the produce Thurman. People are not shopping at the market because they’re waiting until Thursday to come to the pantry to get the food free.”
“HOW CAN THIS BE? The pantry shoppers don’t have the money to shop at the farm festival. Have you seen the people who shop at the pantry?” I was shocked to hear such words from a person who had never set foot in our pantry.
“Don’t even try to talk me out of this Thurman. Our Board voted on this. The Migliorelli food will be donated to an agency in Kingston. It will not be wasted. You will not get any more of the Migliorelli produce.” And, with that, she hung up.
I was stunned. I felt as if someone had hit me.
AND, IT WASN’T THE FOOD THAT DID IT.   Our pantry was going to continue to have enough food. The Food Bank offered beautiful, fresh, organic produce every week, all year around. All we had to do was go up and get it. And, go get it we would. Our pantry commitment to fresh produce was serious.
The pantry shoppers, many of whom had absolutely no money at all were being denied participation in a local event that anyone could get in to…all it took was money.
Then, somehow, I’ll never know how, a miracle occurred. Someone (some people) spoke to someone (some people) and attitudes were adjusted.
I never knew how this happened. And, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that some person (people) fought for the pantry. And, they didn’t care whether anyone else knew what they did.  They just wanted the produce to stay in our community.  They just did whatever was necessary to get the food to the hungry.  Rules were changed.  Votes were changed.


Whoever brought about this change created a positive energy ripple effect.

Whoever brought about this change definitely made me realize that all is not lost in this world.

In spite of this, I never felt comfortable with the farm market food again.  I felt each Wednesday’s gift from Migliorelli’s Farms might be the last.  I held my breath as Guy drove the van over for the produce.  I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw it return with fresh produce.

When the farmers’ market returned the next spring, I waited (quietly apprehensive) to hear words from Rick:  “Thurman, Migliorelli is going to share its produce with the pantry this summer”.

Even as I heard those words, I didn’t believe them until I actually saw the produce.  I always had a well formed Plan B ready in case we had to start making extra trips to Albany on Thursday morning.  The need for fresh produce for our shoppers was great.

For the most part, these people were all in the process of losing so much.  It was up to me to keep Thursday produce on the agenda at the pantry.

At the Reservoir Food Pantry, we are extremely proud to have Migliorelli Farms sponsor us.  Our shoppers have beautiful, fresh Migliorelli vegetables every week .  What a beautiful gift!

Thank you.  From the bottom of my heart.


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