The Interfaith Food Cupboard, located in the First Presbyterian Church in Lansdowne, has been providing emergency food to the underserved areas of Delaware County for 30 years. Its mission is to provide three days of food (breakfasts, lunches and dinners) up to once a month to residents in need.
Mathilda Lyons, medical technologist, has been a part of its efforts for at least half of those years, wearing many “hats” —from early volunteer to “in charge” to her current one: shopper. Every Sunday, she takes a peek into the church’s cupboards to see what looks low; food packages are given out on Mondays and Wednesdays. “We can only handle nonperishables so I buy staples, like canned tuna or chicken, beef stew, peanut butter and jelly,” she said. “If a lot of people come in on Monday and supplies are running low, I’ll get a call to do another shopping trip.”