The Interfaith Emergency Food Pantry of Pleasantville is affiliated with faith-based congregations in the community. It has been in operation since the mid-1980’s and began as a place where neighbors could help their neighbors in need. This tradition continues today.
Every two weeks, our pantry provides non-perishables and shelf stable foods, such as pasta, rice, beans, canned fruits and vegetables, soup, cereal, milk, and juice. Fresh, seasonal, locally-grown produce is provided once a month. Whenever possible, we supply meat and dairy foods. We offer healthy options such as whole grains, low sodium, and low sugar items.
Half of the food we provide is donated by local houses of worship, scout troops, organizations, individuals, and schools. The other half is purchased through the Food Bank for Westchester. Pantry volunteers also shop at local supermarkets to supplement our donations.
For holidays, we pride ourselves on providing all the fixings for a complete meal. We offer meats such as turkey, chicken, and ham. Accompanying sides such as mashed potatoes, stuffing, yams, cranberry sauce, and gravy are supplied. Baking goods, holiday treats, and specialty foods are distributed as well.
We are a ‘choice’ pantry, meaning that clients choose their items from our food shelves.
Food drives provide an opportunity for houses of worship, schools, corporations, athletic clubs, and other organizations to get involved in fighting hunger in our own community. Although much of the food we distribute is purchased at the Food Bank for Westchester, the Pantry relies on donations to supplement the stock of items not currently available through our regular suppliers.
Twice a month, the Emergency Interfaith Food Pantry of Pleasantville opens its doors to our neighbors in need. Volunteers help set up the shopping shelves and tables, assist clients with food selection, and restock the Pantry shelves at closing. The Pantry is open for distribution on alternate Thursdays for a mid-day session, 1-2:30 p.m., and an evening session, 5:30-7:00 p.m.