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East Hampton Food Pantry Welcomes New Board Member

Tue, 04/30/2024 - 10:12
Emily Paxson Sabnani
East Hampton Food Pantry

The East Hampton Food Pantry’s board of directors has welcomed a new member. Emily Paxson Sabnani, a volunteer who lives in Amagansett, will take the seat recently vacated by Michael Bassett. Ms. Sabnani “was instrumental in helping coordinate a partnership with Newlight Breadworks, which donates hundreds of artisanal rolls to the pantry each week,” according to a release. Not only does Ms. Sabnani, the former owner of a catering business, volunteer herself, but her daughters and husband have joined her. 

During board elections in February, Vicki Littman, long the chairwoman, was re-elected, as was the vice chairman, Russell Calemmo. Also continuing in their positions are the co-treasurers, Sharon Bacon and Darius Narizzano; the secretary, Marguerite Davidowicz, and six board members, Rob Aldrich, Gina Bradley, Eric Brown, John Kowalenko, the Rev. Dr. Connie Jones, and Aubrey Peterson. 

So far in 2024, as of last week the pantry has served 12,728 individuals from 4,244 families. “That’s over 1,300 more families and almost 5,000 more individuals than we served during the same time 

frame in 2023, and 1,000 more families than we served in the first quarter of 2021 during the Covid shutdown,” the pantry said, noting that it relies entirely on donations to achieve this. 

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