Our church has supported Bernie's Pantry for years
with both money and food donations.
Glenn Wilkin restored this old express wagon to hold
contributions of food for Bernie's Pantry.
It is located in the narthex.
Please help us fill it up. Check Sunday's church bulletin for this week's preferred item. All non-perishable items are welcome.
The Pantry was started by Bernie Genor, a dental hygienist in the Northport schools about 1950. All donations were kept in her house and she was the only one who knew who got food. "She would give us about $50.00" said Sally Stark, "and tell us to run out and get food and she would deliver it." Sally Stark is still the moving force behind the Pantry, which is now located in Northport Presbyterian Church.
70-75 families come each week to pick up their groceries. The families are comprised of the "working poor". Food is also delilvered to shut-ins. All recipients live in YOUR community.
About 20% of the food is from the Federal and State governments. Approximately 2000 pounds of food is deivered each month from L. I. Cares. Eighty percent of the donations come from the community.
The Pantry is open Monday through Thursday mornings and is on call for emergencies or people coming in after work.
The Thanksgiving dinner and Adopt-A-Family are sponsored by the Ecumenical Lay Council, which is the group of local churches that supports the pantry.
When you go shopping each week for your "essentials", remember the Pantry. If everyone brought a least one item each week, none of your neighbors would ever have to go hungry.
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