Marilyn Richardson, the coordinator of the Saugerties Food Pantry, received thanks, flowers and praise at the Town Board meeting on Wednesday, March 6. Richardson has been working with the pantry for 20 years.
“When everybody heard that you would be retiring, there was a big community sigh, because we were sad,” said Supervisor Kelly Myers. “Then you decided to stay and we were extra happy because you have done an amazing job for so long.”
“We appreciate your of hard work, your commitment to seeking and working on grants, keeping and administering records, maintain and ordering food, and being the reason why the Food Pantry has blossomed into what it is today,” said Myers. “These achievements, along with your support, enthusiasm and helpfulness, are what make the Saugerties Food Pantry a special place for the Saugerties community to come and use.”
Myers said she’s understands the pantry is harder than ever to run. “I have seen an increase in the need, and I know that yourself and the volunteers in the pantry have worked so hard to keep up with increased community need. It’s not easy.”
“It’s just been a privilege to serve our community,” Richardson said. “I’m from Saugerties. I’m kind of a history buff, so if anybody knows Christian Fiero – the first town meeting was held in 1811 at his tavern in Katsbaan – and he was my great-great grandfather. So, we’ve been here a long time. I love you all, and I don’t know what else to do, except to serve the community.”
Photo (left to right): Councilmen Fred Costello and Bruce Leighton, Marilyn Richardson, Supervisor Kelly Myers and Deputy Supervisor Jimmy Bruno.