This week’s storm couldn’t have come at a worse time.
While much of the snow missed us, severe storms make it even harder for New York families and children who are struggling to afford food.
Since our Feeding Our Neighbors campaign began, we’ve collected 250,000 meals for New Yorkers in need. To hit our goal of collecting over 1 million meals by February 1st, we need your help.
Monsignor Kevin Sullivan
By Alice Kenny
As Winter Storm Juno cripples commerce and paralyzes traffic, Catholic Charities urges you to:
- Stay home
- Stay in
- Stay safe
- And watch out for your neighbors
Catholic Charities echoes the warnings of NY State Gov. Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio who declared a state of emergency throughout the New York Archdiocese including New York City, Rockland, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester counties.
They closed commuter rail lines and forbid driving on roads.
Meanwhile, outreach workers are fanning out to bring into shelter anyone exposed to the storm.
- Help by calling 311 if you spot someone in need
- Call 911 if you are in immediate danger
- Check on friends, relatives, and neighbors
- Help those who need special assistance, including seniors and persons with disabilities
Click for the latest on subways, trains, buses, roads and rail lines.
Click for severe weather updates.
By Alice Kenny
CAUTION: Snow’s already falling sideways before Winter Storm Juno — scheduled to slam New York City by 1 pm and predicted the worst blizzard in the city’s history — has even started:
Catholic Charities is here to help.
Are you a homebound senior trapped inside by mountains of snow?
Catholic Charities, partnering again with the NYC Snow Removal Initiative, can pair you with volunteers to clear your driveway.
- Need help? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212.341.2000 for a referral.
- Click to volunteer.
- Commuter Heads up: Metro North and the Long island Rail Road might shut down before Monday’s evening rush, Governor Cuomo warned in a recent statement.
- Highways could close
- Check out NYC Hazards: Winter Weather web pages for tips and information about how to prepare.
- Get updates from the NYC Severe Weather website.
- Get emergency alerts by signing up for Notify NYC.
“The great part about it, they are going to school and getting 100s,” he said of his oldest children. “I don’t have to say, ‘Me and Mom did it.’ It’s me.”
Catholic Charities Community Services Dutchess County steered this single dad to parenting classes, food pantries and provided him with financial help. Astor Services for Children and Families, another Catholic Charities affiliate, provided counseling and early intervention programs for his two daughters who have learning disabilities.
Read their New York Times Neediest Case here.
Breaking news. Pope Francis, during his trip to New York City confirmed this week and scheduled for September 2015, may spend time in soup kitchens, food pantries and centers that help immigrants.
The notoriously unpretentious pope, appointed in 2013, has quickly risen as a crusader for the world’s poor and disadvantaged, reports Metro New York.
“When a pope comes to visit in New York, there’s excitement. But with Pope Francis, it will be excitement on steroids,” said Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities. “I think this pope has created such excitement because of what he’s done to enable the world to understand the basic goodness of the message of Jesus … the world is taken by his ability to communicate this.”
Sullivan said soup kitchens, as well as centers that help immigrants and refugees acclimate to life in New York would be the best place for the pope to visit to “get a good understanding of some of the hurting.”
“Some of the most vulnerable people do have to go to food pantries for a basic nutritious meal, and it’s one of the better places to see how the church is reaching out to the poorest,” Sullivan said.
Read Metro New York’s full interview with Msgr. Sullivan to learn more about Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to NYC.
By Alice Kenny
Shop for your family at ShopRite and help feed your hungry neighbors at the same time.
Sounds like an ad, right? But it’s not.
In New York State, nearly one million children go to bed hungry. And we’re working with you, ShopRite, and other partners to pull together one million meals to feed them.
Catholic Charities and ShopRite are teaming up to help raise money and non-perishable food for area food pantries left with dwindling supplies after the holiday season, the Times-Herald Record reports in a video announcing the campaign’s kickoff.
It’s a time of year when need remains high but giving does not.
So by shopping at any one of 26 area ShopRite stores in the Hudson Valley, you can make cash or food donations to help replenish dwindling supplies.
The collection of food and funds in ShopRite stores will run from Sunday, January 25 through Saturday, February 7.
“This Catholic Charities Feeding Our Neighbors Campaign in partnership with ShopRite,” Msgr. Sullivan says in this new video, “is an effort on our part to make sure fewer children go to bed hungry.”
Watch the Times-Herald Record video.
Join us in Feeding Our Neighbors.
Fox News Latino spotlighted the massive collective effort kicked off yesterday by Catholic Charities staff, volunteers and Goya Foods to feed our hungry neighbors. Working together, they unloaded a total of 35,000 pounds of food from Goya trucks, heaving it out box by box to pack, restock inventory and prepare bags for distribution to support a vast network of food pantries and emergency food programs throughout the archdiocese.
The colossal event included staff and volunteers simultaneously unloading tons of food at five Catholic Charities sites in Harlem, Washington Heights, the South Bronx, Staten Island and Kingston and a UJA Federation site in Brooklyn. Thanks to Catholic Charities NY support and Goya donations, food is also being trucked to other areas across the country including Miami, Texas and California to feed unaccompanied minors arriving from Latin America.
“Unfortunately, we have to just look in the media to see that we have tension (around the world),” Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan tells Fox News. “This project is an opportunity to bridge gaps.”
Read the full story in Fox News Latino
Feeding Our Neighbors is an archdiocesan-wide effort to raise food and funds to replenish food pantries and soup kitchens that feed hungry neighbors during the most critical time of year when need is high and giving is low. Together, Catholic Charities in partnership with Goya aims to maximize impact to realize a goal of collecting 1 million meals to feed the hungry across New York.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘what are you doing for others?’”
At Catholic Charities, we have an answer. Our Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Day of Service pulls together a small army of volunteers and staff to help feed the hungry. Today we are unloading 30,000 pounds of food donated by Goya to stock food pantries in Harlem, Washington Heights, the South Bronx, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Kingston.
With 1 out of 5 New Yorkers now depending on aid for food, our food pantries have never been so strained. This donation of food by Goya and time by volunteers makes a huge difference helping us feed our hungry neighbors.
“What are you doing for others?” Rev. King asked.
Help us feed them and our fellow New Yorkers
Hunger is up and our food pantries and soup kitchens are hard-pressed to meet the growing need. Cardinal Dolan kicked off an interfaith drive to replenish them last Sunday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
We’re falling short and need to provide an additional 500,000 meals this winter. Give today to help feed one our of five children in New York who don’t have enough to eat.
Each dollar you contribute provides 4 meals to our neighbors in need. Help us reach our goal of raising 200,000 meals this week!