Posts Tagged ‘food pantries’

Feeding Our Neighbors, 1.3 Million Times

Monday, April 27th, 2015

“Catholic Charities’ Feeding Our Neighbors campaign topped its lofty goal of providing 1 million meals to New Yorkers in need,” writes Catholic New York in their recent editorial. “And thanks to the efforts of Catholics across the archdiocese as well as a host of other partners, the annual initiative collected enough food to make 300,000 additional meals available to those coming to food pantries and soup kitchens, many in local parishes, for assistance.”

Catholic Charities, under Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, the executive director, deserves a lot of credit for laying out a successful vision that encourages participation and support from such a wide net of donors and facilitators…

In commending Catholic Charities, and by extension the thousands who helped it collect 1.3 million meals, we know the heart of Feeding Our Neighbors’ success is its ability to deliver a Gospel-driven response to real needs. It’s a simple formula, really, and the benefits extend to donors as well as recipients.

Read the full editorial in Catholic New York.

And thank you for your help feeding our neighbors!

Do you have a personal story about how you helped?

Share it in our comments section

Single Father Embraces His Role with Pride

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Aphotolong with all the demands and unpredictability of single fatherhood comes something else: all of the credit. And Romaine Sweat, 37, could not be prouder to take it.

“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.

Pope Francis May Visit NYC Soup Kitchens

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

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.

How Do We Hope to Provide One Million Meals?

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015


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.

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Unpacking Tons of Food to Feed the Hungry

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

goya fonFox 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

Watch this slideshow of the volunteer effort. 

Share your comments here.

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. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Asked “What Are You Doing For Others?”

Monday, January 19th, 2015

By Alice Kenny

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.

Join us in answering this urgent question.

Food Banks Receive Huge Boost

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Food banks in New York City received a huge boost in donations Sunday, January 11, 2014 to help hungry families across the five boroughs, reports CBS News.

As TV 10/55’s Ilana Gold reported in this news summary, more than 5,000 pounds of donated food sitting in boxes and bags outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral will go to three major interfaith organizations in the city.

 The organizations will then deliver the donations to dozens of food pantries, soup kitchens and meal programs across the city.

 “Is there anything better than feeding our neighbor?” Cardinal Dolan said.

 Dolan showed his support by lending a helping hand.

“This is not only a nice idea, this is a sacred responsibility,” he said.

Sunday’s effort kicked off a campaign in New York City called Feeding Our Neighbors, which will run through Feb. 1st.

The goal of the campaign is to gather enough food to feed 1 million people across New York City.

But the work of these charities won’t stop here. Leaders are pushing for more donations year-round.

“When you’re talking about 300,000 kids alone that are hungry in the greater New York area every day, we need more,” Dolan said.

Watch TV 1055’s video of the event.

For more event coverage, Check out MYFOXNY below:

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York joined Catholic Charities, UJA-Federation of New York, and the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies to unload food donated by Goya Foods onto Catholic Charities’ Mobile Food Pantry for delivery to food pantries, soup kitchens, and meal programs that serve New Yorkers in need, reports MYFOXNY.

Feeding Our Neighbors: An Interfaith Response began in 2012 and is a joint effort to raise food and funds to replenish food pantries and soup kitchens that feed hungry neighbors.

This year’s effort has been significantly enhanced by the generous donation of 300,000 pounds of food by Goya Foods and by the participation of 26 ShopRite stores in the Hudson Valley region.

Together, Catholic Charities, UJA-Federation, and the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies maximized their impact to realize a goal of collecting and distributing 1 million meals to feed the hungry across New York.

Goya Foods 300,000 Pound Donation Helps Catholic Charities Feed Our Neighbors

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

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Tapping into an unprecedented outpouring of support, Catholic Charities teamed up with Goya Foods and Catholic Charities organizations from across the nation to feed and care for hungry and homeless families and immigrant children in need.

Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, yesterday donated 300,000 pounds of food to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York’s Feeding Our Neighbors campaign, to support a vast network of food pantries and emergency food programs throughout the archdiocese.

Catholic Charities also distributed donations of food and handmade blankets donated from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and stuffed animals donated by Catholic Charities Chicago to unaccompanied minor children who fled violence and abuse and recently arrived in New York.

“I am proud of Feeding Our Neighbors as a truly united effort by Catholic Charities to fight hunger in New York and help those in need who are struggling to put food on their tables,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York.   “We are very grateful for the ongoing support from our parishes and schools in addition to the new partnership with Goya this year.”

Begun in 2012, 100 percent of contributions to the Feeding Our Neighbors campaign have helped support food pantries in New York that serve non-Catholics and Catholics alike after the holiday season has left them bare.

Goya’s immense donation, 300,000 pounds of food all told, is enabling the Feeding Our Neighbors campaign to extend its reach beyond the New York area to support other Catholic Charities agencies in communities that are providing services to unaccompanied minors arriving from Central America.

In fact, 100,000 pounds of the donation will be delivered by Goya throughout the United States in the weeks ahead to include the following Catholic Charities agencies:

  • Ft. Worth, TX
  • Galveston-Houston, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Washington, DC
  • Southern Arizona
  • Brooklyn and Queens, NY
  • Rockville Centre, NY

Food will also be distributed to the regions of Central Florida and Southern California by agencies of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition.

Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York said he is especially pleased with the expansion of the program to include the needs of unaccompanied children throughout the country.

“The goal of Feeding Our Neighbors is to inspire New Yorkers to answer the basic call to help feed our hungry neighbors.  Through the support of Goya and our network of Catholic Charities programs in communities across the nation, we will make a significant impact on children across the United States who are hoping to reunify with their families and loved ones.  In addition, we will extend even further to meet the needs of these children through collaboration with the National Latino Evangelical Coalition in distributing this donation of food.”

 Join us in Feeding Our Neighbors, our Archdiocesan-wide drive to replenish food pantries supporting non-Catholics and Catholics alike.


It’s National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week

Monday, November 17th, 2014

foodBy Alice Kenny

It’s National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week!
Held each year the week before Thanksgiving, this is a great time for us all to remember what we are thankful for
— and a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness.

What can I do?

  • Volunteer at one of our local soup kitchens.
  • Volunteer at one of our nearby food pantries.
  • Join us at our St. Nicholas Project Shopping Day.

Find out more ways to help.

Food: There’s No Greater Gift

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

fooddayCatholic Charities supports a vast network of soup kitchens and food pantries, emergency shelters, temporary and transitional housing, and permanent affordable housing to help homeless families and individuals.

In any given year…

5.8 M nutritious meals served in parish and community food programs
6,498 families prevented from becoming homeless
1,267 individuals housed in temporary and transitional apartments
8,234 individuals provided with emergency overnight shelter
7,100 families living in affordable housing

Are you hungry and need help? Call our Helpline at: 888-744-7900