In March 2009 Reverend Betsy Fisher of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Amenia learned of a big need for food for the working poor in Amenia that was not being met by the nearest local Food Bank, so she started Food of Life. This program details how that works and the needs that it fills today. The pantry (at 40 Leedsville Road in Amenia), supplies supplemental food, primarily to the working poor, and is open from 3 to 5 p.m. every Friday; it has sometimes had as many as 301 customers and gave out 2400 meals in a single day. Food of Life stresses nutrition, offering as much as possible organic produce, milk, and meat. They also teach catering to women in their still-to-be-completed kitchen as part of a Woman’s Vocational Center.
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