The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Deficit closes pantry doors

A $70,000 budget deficit is forcing St. Matthew Lutheran Church, White Plains, N.Y., to evict the Ecumenical Food Pantry it has housed since 1982 and rent the space.

More than 620 people from Westchester County come every Friday to pick up food donated by businesses and the area food bank.

Eric A. Mathsen, pastor, called the decision “very difficult” and said providing space for the pantry, one of the city’s largest all-volunteer efforts, has cost the church $1 million over 27 years.


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