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  • Writer's pictureSherri Falco

When Stars Shine

They may not yet be household names, but they seem to have been born for a time such as this. These Rye “star” moms have arisen in this time of adversity and challenge as an inspiration to those around them. One such star is Danielle Rehfeld Colen. She wanted to be an example for her six-month old daughter, Sela, so she decided to partner with two other moms, Hayley Nivelle and Loralynn Vayo Katsikas to launch a 5-week neighborhood food drive for the Bread of Life. The result has been incredible.

They are collecting funds to purchase food from Baldor Foods, which is generously adding food donations to every order they make! Donna Simons of Pound Ridge Organics has also played a key role in this effort by helping to purchase food directly from local farmers. Families who donate to their food drive can sponsor a bushel or a bulk buy from a  farmer. This week a truckload of fresh-from-the-farm milk was delivered to 180 families and senior citizens in our community. This group is not only helping to feed hungry local residents, but also has the added benefit of supporting small local farms who are also struggling during this pandemic. 

The need for food has increased dramatically in Westchester during the past

months. This week Bread of Life fed over 700 people at its onsite food pantry in Rye. We would have run out of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and eggs without the generosity of this group. Thank you to all who contributed your time, talent, and finances to helping make the world a little bit better. You shine like stars!

Food donations may be dropped off at 65 Orchard Avenue in Rye. Financial donations may be made via Venmo Bread Life @Bread-of-Life or


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