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Delaware Valley Food Pantry closes temporarily; cash donations for gift cards wanted

Due to the rapid and unpredictable transmission of COVID-19, the Delaware Valley Food Pantry has made the difficult decision to close temporarily to sanitize the entire food pantry and ensures that it is free of the deadly virus.

Instead, it will provide its clients with gift cards to local supermarkets while it ensure our clients’ and volunteers’ safety during this difficult time.

Beginning April 5 and for the next two weeks, the pantry will be closed for food distribution.

“We deeply regret that we are unable to stay open as we have every week since 1955, but the danger of the coronavirus to both our clients and our volunteers necessitates this unprecedented action,” said Joe McGrath, the pantry’s operations manager.

After the two weeks, the board will determine whether it is safe to reopen on Wednesday, April 22.

“At this time, we are asking our generous community to give cash donations, instead of food, so that we can purchase gift cards for our clients,” the pantry said. “Please donate via Facebook through the DVFP page, or mail donations to: DVFP, P.O. Box 705, Lambertville, NJ 08530.”

Clients will be updated via a notice on the pantry door, on its Facebook page and on its website,

“Thank you for your continued support during these difficult times. We will do our best to continue to serve our community in the best way that is safe to our clients and volunteers. Stay healthy and safe,” the pantry said.