The mission of the OLMC-Elmsford Community Food Pantry (OLMC-ECFP) is to address food insecurity in our local community through the provision of monthly supplemental food. We provide assistance to all food-insecure community members regardless of age, sex, national origin, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or any other social or personal characteristics.
We are a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) organization that operates and manages all aspects of the procurement, distribution, and fund-raising for the pantry.
We welcome all at risk for food insecurity at monthly community distributions.
The OLMC-ECFP opened in March 2011 to assist community members in Elmsford, White Plains, and Greenburgh who are in need of supplemental food assistance. Distribution is on the third Saturday of each month. On occasion, the OLMC-ECFP also provides clothing, holiday toys, and household items through partnerships with other community organizations.
The OLMC-ECFP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The food pantry started with 25 registered households in March 2011, and it has continued to increase over the years. Up to February 2020, we were serving an average of 60 families, which included 80 children. Due to the pandemic, our numbers have increased significantly. We now serve an average of 215 families, which includes 360 children and about 850 people in total.
To use our resources most efficiently, clients are dropped from the roll if they do not show up and collect their food for six consecutive months. However, if they return at a later time, they are reinstated.
MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS
The food pantry is fully managed and operated by volunteers. In addition to a core administrative group, our volunteers include members of the parish, schools in the community, fire department employees and ladies auxiliary, and other organizations in the community.
DAYS OF OPERATION AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
Food is distributed once a month, every third Saturday. Operations involve planning meetings, procurement of food and other supplies, inventory-taking, packing of food prior to distribution, actual distribution of food, record keeping and maintenance of database, accounting, budgeting, and financial reporting, resource mobilization including attending meetings convened by donors and consultations with various organizations in the community.
OLMC-ECFP serves clients mainly living in Elmsford, White Plains, and Greenburgh, as well as members of the parish. NOTE: Due to an overwhelming demand caused by the pandemic, we are currently at maximum capacity and can no longer accept new clients at the present time. For food assistance, please see our OTHER RESOURCES on our CLIENTS page.
We strive to provide up to a week's worth of nutritious, well-balanced food for our clients each month. Larger families (five or more people) receive slightly more food.
our lady of mount Carmel
The OLMC Elmsford Community Food Pantry is a volunteer parish effort of the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Elmsford, New York. The clergy, religious and parishioners contribute countless hours of service to the pantry, and they have shown unfailing generousity with food and financial donations.
To learn more about the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, including hours of worship and additional activities, please click below.