Helping the Needy in Our Community
Food Pantry History
The community-supported Food Pantry was conceived at Trinity Church, where it has operated since August 1988. We are in the 29th year of helping to feed our neighbors in need. Some of our food is donated through community food drives. Most is purchased from the Food Bank for Westchester and ShopRite Supermarket.
Food Pantry Staff
The Ossining Food Pantry is operated by 125 volunteers who help guide the organization, stock the Pantry, pack the bags and distribute the food. We have no paid staff whatsoever.
Food Pantry Funding
We depend on the community for most of our funding. Numerous local organizations contribute to the Pantry, including houses of worship, service and civic organizations, school groups, scouts, and local businesses. Our supporters conduct food drives, donate money, and in-kind services. Fresh produced comes from Mariandale, Maryknoll’s Pachamama Farm and the Pantry’s Ossining Farmers’ Market coupon program.
Residents and local businesses answer the Food Pantry’s fundraising appeals and participate in our annual Celebration fundraising event. While most of our income comes from grassroots support, we also receive grants from corporations, matching gift programs, and foundations.
The Ossining Food Pantry is a member agency of The Food Bank for Westchester. We are a charitable 501(c)(3) not-for-profit “public” corporation and we are registered with the New York State Board of Charities.