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“Shut The Door On Hunger” 2nd Phase Gains Momentum & Local Support

Pictured: 27 Filled Laundry Baskets.

The Women’s Club of Farmingdale’s 2nd phase of its most recent project, “Shut the Door on Hunger,” is gaining so much momentum and local support from the Inc. Village of Farmingdale and the community. This program, initiated by past president Tina Diamond, addresses food insecurity for students when schools are closed throughout the school year and during the summer. Village trustee and club member, Cheryl Parisi, created postings on the Village’s “Constant Contact” site which reached out to the Farmingdale community. These have produced substantial local support from individual community members and local merchants.  Among these are a very generous donation from our “sister” club, the Junior League of the Women’s Club of Farmingdale and The Nutty Irishman restaurant (Joe Fortuna owner & manager) which is planning pre-packaged individual meals for 30 families during the upcoming Easter school closing.

We would also like to thank all the hands-on-deck club members who filled 27 large and small laundry baskets with non-perishable food items which were then picked up by the FSD social workers for distribution to needy families in time for the school district’s Christmas break and February winter break – February crew: Nancy Carmen, Vicky Impollonia, Lynn Connelly, Dolores Cianciabella, Edie Allen and Linda Kreussling and December crew: Ann Lomonte, Lynda Leone, Cayle Garthwaite, Maryann Seales and Sue Perna.  And the Farmingdale Public Library for their use of a donation collection and storage site. The next collection will begin again shortly in time for the April school break. A new updated flyer with a cut-off date and collection site information will be posted soon.

“Shut The Door On Hunger” 2nd Phase Gains Momentum & Local Support

Krista Lucarelli, Library Dir., WCF Pres. Barbara Hoerner, 2nd VP Lynda Leone.

At its January 4, 2024 General Meeting, the Women’s Club of Farmingdale (WCF) 1st VP Lynda Leone invited Krista Lucarelli, Farmingdale Public Library Director, to make a presentation explaining the many programs of the library, especially the Special Needs Program. Recently, the WCF made a $1,000 donation to this program and Krista explained that the money will be used for a dance to be held in April for those enrolled.  Thank you to Luncheon Chair, Gayle Garthwaithe, and her committee: Tina Diamond, Gayle, Nancy Carman, Vicky Impollonia, Gail McGuirk and Ann Lomonte for hosting and preparing a delicious lunch for members prior to President Barbara Hoerner conducting the business agenda for January 2024.

The Women’s Club of Farmingdale, a local philanthropic organization, is always interested in welcoming new members.  For more information, please email:  #IAMGFWC

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