The Delaware Valley Food Pantry (DVFP) is once again serving its clients at 1 Cherry St., Lambertville, N.J.
When COVID hit the community in March 2020 the pantry moved its operations outdoors and served its clients outside for two years. “In rain and shine, freezing and sweltering weather, we stayed open and provided food to our community members who needed it,” said C.J. Lonoff, pantry president.
In September 2021, DVFP was displaced after Hurricane Ida flooded the building’s basement and its electrical unit. Thanks to the generosity of the Centenary United Methodist Church on Union Street, the pantry moved inventory and volunteers immediately and began serving the community outside the church.
After five months, the electrical system was repaired and DVFP moved its operations to its home base. As of March, its clients have been welcomed indoors again to select their food. “The addition of shopping carts, thanks to Giant, allows our clients to move easily down the aisles, enhancing their shopping experience,” said Linda Hutchins, inventory manager.
The DVFP has been serving the community since 1955. Its work remains vital to the community, as food insecurity remains high in the area, with the consequences of COVID, Hurricane Ida and inflation affecting its client base.
The pantry’s board of directors is thankful to its supporters and volunteers whose support sustains its work in the community.