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Greenburgh, Elmsford Dine and Donate at Burger King

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – Elmsford food pantry volunteers are having it their way with a whopper of a fundraiser.

Elmsford’s Our Lady of Mount Carmel food pantry hosted its first-ever “Dining to Donate” event Wednesday inside the Main Street Burger King. There, dozens of diners packed into the restaurant, grabbing a bite to eat and helping raise money for the pantry in the process.

“It’s going great,” food pantry volunteer and fundraiser coordinator Virginia Sabia said halfway through the four-hour event. “Everybody seems to be enjoying it.”

Outside the burger joint, volunteers handed out flyers to drive-through customers. Inside, visitors were treated to a concert by members of the R.J. Bailey Elementary School band and chorus.

Greenburgh mom Dana Kriton said the event was a good learning experience for the children.

“I think it’s an excellent way to teach children we have to give back and they should want to give back to the community,” she said as she watched her son, Joshua, play the clarinet in the R.J. Bailey band.

While visitors were encouraged to bring donations, 20 percent of the purchase of each customer with the Elmsford OLMC flyer was donated to the food pantry.

“We wanted to give something back to the community that has supported us for a long time,” said restaurant owner Peggy Caniff.

Money raised from the event will be used by the pantry to buy food to hand out to needy families in the area. Since opening last year, the pantry has seen its number of patrons more than triple, jumping from 25 to 88, Sabia said.

“Unfortunately, the need is very much present,” Sabia said.

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