Dear members of the Congregational Church of Batavia,
Thank you for your generous food drive and donation this Christmas Season. We are so appreciative of your support of the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and Clothes Closet.
Together we made 2017 a busy and wonderful year at the food pantry and clothes closet. Because of you, our crew of over 600 volunteers was able to provide over 700 Batavia families in need with the gift of nutritious food, warm clothing and peace of mind. As 2017 draws to a close, we are excited to share how the committed support of this community has impacted 1,260 of our neighbors each month for the last year. For the first time since 2014, the demand for our services has risen steeply with an increasing number of families needing our assistance. Families may use any of our various services:
- An average family may “shop” monthly receiving 120-150 pounds of food, including milk, eggs, cheese, meat and fresh produce. They may also pickup supplementary fresh bread and produce 5 days a week.
- The elderly and disabled who are unable to visit us can choose to receive monthly grocery delivery.
- Our special needs shoppers who may benefit from physical shopping assistance or additional decision making time may choose to shop at a time reserved for them.
- Families may select from a vast array of seasonally appropriate clothing, including coats, shoes, hats, mittens, and occasional new socks and underwear. A family may choose items for each member and may visit twice a month.
- Over 175 clients received holiday meal boxes, including a turkey, fresh potatoes and butternut squash.
- Our clients may opt into bonus food distribution times via our TEXT4FOOD initiative. This enables us to more quickly distribute large donations of perishable items from our partner stores such as Trader Joe's, Jewel, Walmart, Target and Aldi. Not only does this benefit our neighbors in need, it also eliminates food waste in our community.
While we have served 700 families this year, in a typical month, only 350 or so visit us. Many families only visit us once or twice as we help them through difficult times. A few folks use every service we provide. An elderly guest shared that she had been able to pay her utility bills last winter by shopping here each month and using both our Saturday overstock distribution and our days-end bread and produce. It was good to hear.
Your donations make it happen.
On behalf of our clients, the unemployed and under-employed, the disabled or sick, the elderly and the homeless, we wholeheartedly thank you for your support.
Betsy Zinser, executive director,
the staff and the volunteers at the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and Clothes Closet.
Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and Clothes Closet is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your contribution. Please retain this letter as your tax receipt.