The Delaware Valley Food Pantry (DVFP), the region’s longest serving, opened the doors at its new location in Lambertville, N.J., Wednesday, July 31.
A grand opening community celebration is planned for 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 21, next to the pantry’s new home at 65-11 Cherry St., in the CVS Shopping Center in Lambertville.
There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony with local dignitaries, a check presentation to the pantry’s logo contest winner, music, food and more.
The pantry’s new space, previously a laundromat, was renovated with the help of local building contractors.
“The space is 50% larger than our previous location, so we can store more food and allow our guests to move around easily. We have a new cooler that was just donated, which will help ensure that we have fresh fruits and vegetables available. We also have some luxuries for our clients that we never had before, such as heat and air conditioning,” said Joe McGrath, the pantry’s director of operations.
Since opening a little more than a month ago, the DVFP has seen many new faces – both in clients and volunteers.
“Our new location has been so much better than expected. In addition to the terrific renovated space, people whom we have never seen before have found us and are bringing us amazing new food donations. Our volunteer applications have increased, as well. It’s clearer than ever that we are meeting the pressing food needs of a significant number of our neighbors, and people are really stepping up to help us out,” said McGrath.
As part of its planned move, DVFP held a logo contest to create new branding for its new name. The winning design was submitted by Claudia Miranda Montealegre, a Lambertville-based industrial designer. She will receive the $500 grand prize at the event, courtesy of the ShopRite of Hunterdon County.
The Delaware Valley Food Pantry (DVFP) has been serving families in the region since 1955. The community may be more familiar with its previous name, the Lambertville Food Pantry, and its location for 34 years behind St. John the Evangelist Church on Bridge Street.