Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, The First Presbyterian Church of Woodbury Heights has been sending both monetary and food donations to the Greater Woodbury Cooperative Ministries (GWCM) food pantry for more than a decade. We have especially been very active supporting the GWCM while our community has been under various pandemic restrictions since March of 2020. To date, we have contributed monetarily through the Presbyterian Women’s Association since 2010 totaling $2,900, plus in-kind food donations. This year alone, we’ve collected and donated 1,900 food items!
Even though our church has been active with monetary donations since 2010, we were not officially affiliated with GWCM. In February 2021, our church became, basically, a member church and part of the 12 faith communities involved in outreach with GWCM. This simply means that we will have representatives who will become more involved with the outreach programs of GWCM, primarily the food pantry. Special thanks go out to Kathy Pedicone, who has been actively working weekly at the food pantry for the past many years. She and her husband, John Pedicone, have been gathering our church food donations and transporting them to the pantry, along with picking up fresh produce weekly from Verchio’s Produce. We are also grateful to both Kathy and Joyce Woodrow who are our church representatives who meet bi-monthly with the board at the GWCM.