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Cape May – Lewes Ferry Donates Provisions to Local Food Pantry
By JSalmon on 04/17/2020:  

  Cape May – Lewes Ferry Donates Provisions to Local Food Pantry

NORTH CAPE MAY, NJ – The Cape May – Lewes Ferry’s (CMLF) Food and Retail department team recently donated a truckload of food supplies to the Gleaning Center Food Pantry at Seashore Community Church of the Nazarene in Erma, NJ. The provisions included a variety of items – such as frozen foods, canned goods, bottled beverages, as well as individually wrapped packaged items like soup, cereal, oatmeal, crackers, and cakes.

“Our Ferry family feels it’s important to give back to our neighbors and local communities when we have an opportunity to do so,” said Heath Gehrke, Director of Ferry Operations. “I want to thank Shaun O’Brien and his food and retail team for developing and coordinating this effort. We’ll get through these trying times together!”

“What a blessing,” said Pastor Tim West of the Seashore Community Church of the Nazarene. “The Ferry’s donation is an example of the community working in unity and allowing us all to better serve the needs of Lower Township together.”

Due to the COVID – 19 pandemic, the CMLF food service operations – both on the vessels and inside the terminal – have been shuttered since March 18, 2020. The Ferry’s food operation had many products in stock that wouldn’t be used for the foreseeable future. Instead of returning the items for credit, the Ferry’s Food and Retail team coordinated with its suppliers to donate the food provisions locally.

Prior to the COVID -19 outbreak, the Pantry was serving approximately 10-15 families each day. The past few weeks, the demand has increased nearly three-fold, with 30 families served on Wednesday alone. A list of items needed at the Pantry will be posted on their web site, For those interested in donating food items to the Pantry, please contact the church office in advance by calling 609-886-6196.

Established in 2001, the Gleaning Center Food Pantry – which is located at 446 Seashore Road – serves the residents of Lower Township and coordinates with regional pantries for needs throughout Cape May County. It is open M/W/F 10:00A – 12 noon.

About the Cape May-Lewes Ferry
The Cape May – Lewes Ferry is owned and operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962. The Ferry is open year-round and has carried more than 43 million passengers since its inception on July 1, 1964. In 2019, the ferry service, which connects Victorian Cape May, New Jersey, and historic Lewes, Delaware, transported approximately 275,000 vehicles and nearly 1 million passengers. For schedule, rates and other program information, please visit the ferry’s website at, or call toll free, 800-643-3779. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @CMLFerry.

Photo: Yvonne Wright-Gary, FT volunteer; Pastor Tim West; Shaun O’Brien, Superintendent of Food and Retail at the CMLF; and Director of Compassionate Ministry Almond Weech.

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