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Delaware Valley Food Pantry to hold grand opening in Lambertville on Sept. 21

The Delaware Valley Food Pantry (DVFP) will celebrate the grand opening of its new home in the CVS Shopping Center in Lambertville on Sept. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The event is open to the public, and will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony with local dignitaries, and a check presentation to the DVFP logo contest winner, along with music, food and more.

The region’s longest-serving food pantry, DVFP opened its doors at the new location on July 31. Previously known as the Lambertville Food Pantry, it had been located for 34 years behind St. John the Evangelist Church on Bridge Street.

The new space, previously a laundromat, was renovated with the help of local building contractors.

“The space is 50% larger than our previous location, so we can store more food and allow our guests to move around easily,” said Joe McGrath, the pantry’s Director of Operations. “We have a new cooler that was just donated which will help ensure that we have fresh fruits and vegetables available. We also have some luxuries for our clients that we never had before, such as heat and air conditioning!”

Since opening, the DVFP has seen many new faces – both clients and volunteers.

New logo

“Our new location has been so much better than expected,” said McGrath. “In addition to the terrific renovated space, people whom we have never seen before have found us and are bringing us amazing new food donations. Our volunteer applications have increased, as well.

“It’s clearer than ever that we are meeting the pressing food needs of a significant number of our neighbors, and people are really stepping up to help us out,” he added.

As part of its planned move, DVFP held a logo contest to create branding for its new name. The winning design was submitted by Claudia Miranda Montealegre, a Lambertville-based industrial designer. She will receive a $500 grand prize at the event, courtesy of  ShopRite of Hunterdon County.

The Delaware Valley Food Pantry (DVFP) has been serving families in the region since 1955.

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