Interfaith Council fighting food insecurity with $10,000 gift to food pantry

"For a dozen years already, the Interfaith Council has been a major supporter of Our Lady's Pantry,” says Tom Bullaro, co-director of Our Lady's Pantry with his wife Anita.  “This year, for example, they gifted us with a generous $10,000 for food for our families!”

Woman handing donation check to Pantry directors.

With proceeds from the Nearly New Shop, the Pantry has once again received a huge donation from the Interfaith Council.

Bullaro remembers how he had been working at Our Lady's Pantry for two years in 2006, when someone from the Board of the Interfaith Council approached him.

“Why don't you ever ask us for some money?” this gentleman asked me. “He explained how the money for the grants came from the proceeds of the Nearly New Shop, but were then given back to the community in all kinds of ways.

“Once I learned about these grants, I got the paperwork and applied,” says Bullaro.

“We were given $5,000 that year and the next.  The following year, the Pantry was in need of a truck and the Interfaith Council gave us $10,000 toward that purchase.

“They have been giving us this amount ever since.

“We are enormously grateful for all the help the Interfaith Council has given us over the years.  Most of our money comes from individual donations from local Churches, so it gives us much peace of mind to receive this big check.

“The Interfaith Council has been hugely instrumental in keeping Pantry doors open all these years,” says Bullaro.  “We thank each of the individuals on the Board, who have made this possible.”