The Sloatsburg Food Pantry provides emergency and supplemental food supplies, nutrition counseling, and liaisons clients with community resource programs. The Pantry offers food distribution twice a month, on the second and fourth Tuesday, from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Emergency food assistance is also provided to clients outside of normal business hours. The Pantry helps people who for many reasons (e.g., unemployed, underemployed, disabled, sick) are in need of food.
The Pantry was started in the early 1990’s by the Sloatsburg United Methodist Church as an outreach ministry of the church. The food was originally stored in a closet, and assistance was provided to approximately 12 families. It has since grown and evolved to encompass and serve a larger community need. The Pantry serves those living in Sloatsburg, Suffern, Hillburn, Montebello and the Town of Tuxedo. In 2015, the Pantry incorporated as a separate organization and secured 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. This independent governance better represents the broader operational support of the Pantry within the community.
The Sloatsburg Food Pantry is governed by a board of directors, which consists of a group of dedicated community volunteers. The Pantry employs one part-time director who oversees the day-to-day operations of the pantry. Volunteers comprise the balance of the operations, including food pick-up and distribution, fundraising, recordkeeping and organizational support.