Posts Tagged ‘Food Pantry’

Catholic Charities Launches Feeding Our Neighbors Campaign to Collect One Million Meals for Those in Need

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Catholic Charities New York Executive Director shakes hands with John Ruskay, Executive Vice President and CEO of UJA-Federation of New York

By Alice Kenny

Responding to already-strained food pantry shelves further depleted by Hurricane Sandy, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan launched the second annual Feeding Our Neighbors  campaign aimed at collecting more than one million meals for those in need.  Cardinal Dolan began this year’s campaign on Sunday, January 27, 2013, during Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities NY concelebrated the mass.

This year, the campaign, which runs through February 3, 2013, represents an interfaith initiative with the UJA-Federation of New York. The Wall Street Journal reported that officials said this was one of the largest interfaith efforts of its kind.

“So often today…we see signs of religion as a cause of hate and division,” Cardinal Dolan told a packed Sunday Mass. “But in New York we are so proud that religion brings people together and that it takes care of God’s most forgotten people.”

Following Mass,  John S. Ruskay, executive vice president and CEO of UJA-Federation of New York, and William E. Rapfogel, executive director and CEO of Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (Met Council), a UJA-Federation of New York beneficiary agency, joined Cardinal Dolan and Msgr. Sullivan in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral to load food donations onto Catholic Charities’ Mobile Food Pantry and Met Council trucks for delivery to food pantries, soup kitchens and meal programs that serve New Yorkers in need.

After that, Msgr. Sullivan, Mr. Ruskay and Mr. Rapfogel kicked off UJA-Federation’s “Super Sunday” phone-a-thon to solicit additional donations.

During this time of great need, one in five New York State children grow up in poverty and more than one million New Yorkers do not have enough to eat.

This campaign grows out of an awareness and concern that embraces New Yorkers of all religions who must turn to food pantries, soup kitchens and senior center meal programs, to sustain themselves and their families.

Listen to Msgr. Sullivan’s interview with Mr. Ruskay about the Feeding Our Neighbors campaign aired Saturday, January 26 on JustLove, The Catholic Channel 129 Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

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Healthy Eating on a Budget? Catholic Charities and Credit Suisse Show How

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

By Alice Kenny

It can be difficult to adopt a healthy lifestyle on a budget, particularly when it comes to food. At Catholic Charities’ Washington Heights Food Pantry, visitors learned to do just that.

Fourteen employees of Credit Suisse volunteered at the pantry to host a “Healthy Living” Workshop. In the morning, Jeanne McGettigan of Catholic Charities introduced the volunteers to the significance of making affordable healthy meals accessible.

As visitors to the food pantry arrived, the volunteers demonstrated various affordable ways to keep the kitchen clean, such as using vinegar and baking soda. They also showed safe cooking habits, like using separate cutting boards for each type of food.

Gabriela Alvarez, a Community Chef from Just Food, led the volunteers in cooking a healthy coconut kale recipe for visitors, filling the room with the fragrant scents of coconut, carrots and spices. Just Food is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to make sure healthy and nutritious organic food is accessible to everyone.

After learning easy and safe tips for the kitchen and eating their delicious meal, all visitors received a shopping bag, courtesy of Credit Suisse, filled with supplies for creating their own affordable, healthy meals, including fresh vegetables, chopping boards and an ergonomic salad spinner.

To sign up for opportunities like this one or find other volunteering options, visit our volunteer website.Your time can make all the difference for your neighbors in need this holiday season.

What are some of your favorite tips for preparing healthy, affordable meals?

Catholic Charities Fans Out to Help New Yorkers in Need

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

By Alice Kenny

Catholic Charities staff and volunteers fanned out this weekend across neighborhoods still reeling from the devastation inflicted by Hurricane Sandy. They provided information and resources to parishioners at churches in hard-hit neighborhoods in lower Manhattan and Staten Island and offered hands-on support to those still staggering in the hurricane’s aftermath.

Generous donations, large and small, have bolstered our response. Actress Kirstie Alley sent a truckload of goods from the West Coast to the gym at the Staten Island Catholic Charities agency MIV / Mt. Loreto last Friday that are being distributed to impacted families. The following day, Catholic Community Services of Rockland staff and volunteers received much-needed donations of water from Coca-Cola at their Haverstraw emergency food pantry.

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Deloitte Volunteers Make a Big IMPACT at Catholic Charities

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Deloitte IMPACT Day 2012 volunteers with artwork created for Beacon of Hope House.

On Friday June 8, Deloitte employees volunteered for a variety of Catholic Charities programs and agencies as part of Deloitte 2012 IMPACT Day — an annual organization-wide event where Deloitte employees celebrate the beginning of their new fiscal year by giving back to the community and the nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to service all year long.

At the Catholic Charities Washington Heights Ecumenical Food Pantry, volunteers distributed fresh produce along with new vegetable steamers to individuals from the Washington Heights/Inwood communities. The focus of this project was not only to feed the hungry, but also to provide the necessary tools for food pantry clients to prepare healthy meals for their families.

During a morning address to volunteers, Jeanne McGettigan, Catholic Charities Community Services Director of Emergency Food Services, explained the importance of healthy eating for families living in a neighborhood with a proliferation of  cheap, deep-fried food and a scarcity of fresh produce markets.

“While we work in providing food to the community, we consider ourselves public health workers,” McGettigan said.

McGettigan discussed how statistics consistently reveal that harmful health issues stemming from deficient nutrition plague low-income areas, making this project particularly important to the community.

Deloitte volunteers spent the morning preparing vegetables and learning how  many New Yorkers have come to depend on the pantry in these difficult economic times. As volunteers quickly washed and chopped broccoli, carrots, red peppers and fresh greens, a line of clients formed outside the pantry.

By lunch time, the room was transformed into a health-themed showroom. On one side of the room, bilingual volunteers individually showed clients how to use their new steamers. On the other side, a row of freshly steamed vegetables awaited clients as volunteers served them plates with various homemade dipping sauces to sample.

“The idea of giving back is always good, but our work is especially meaningful today, since we are helping people prepare healthy food and contributing to good nutrition,” said Deloitte volunteer Yohan Bobcombe.

In addition to volunteering at the Washington Heights Ecumenical Food Pantry, Deloitte volunteers also gave back at the following locations:

At Grace Institute, a Catholic Charities affiliated agency that provides tuition-free, practical job training for underserved New York area women, Deloitte IMPACT Day volunteers helped students prepare for upcoming job interviews by giving mock job interviews and assisting students with interviewing skills. View pictures of Deloitte IMPACT Day volunteers working with Grace Institute students.

At the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Center, Catholic Charities’ thriving community center located in the heart of Harlem, volunteers helped the center prepare for an upcoming open house by refreshing the building and helping it look clean and new.  The IMPACT Day team painted hallways and the exterior of the building, and also painted the outside of the “white building”, which used to serve as a coventry for women religious. View pictures of Deloitte IMPACT Day and see how volunteers dramatically refreshed the appearance of our Kennedy Center.

Another Deloitte IMPACT Day team created beautiful artwork to help improve the emotional well being and quality of life for clients of Beacon of Hope House, which operates residences and a day program for the mentally challenged in Staten Island and the Bronx. Volunteers helped paint multiple canvas paintings to be displayed in four Beacon of Hope House locations. View pictures of Deloitte IMPACT Day volunteers and the art they created for Beacon of Hope House.

Thank You for Feeding Our Neighbors

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Late last year, Cardinal Dolan identified a critical need in the New York Archdiocese: hungry families and dwindling food pantries. He asked us to meet the challenge of replenishing food pantries and soup kitchens to ensure that no hungry neighbor is turned away.

Between January 22nd and January 29th, this challenge was met. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Catholic schools, parishes and institutions of the New York Archdiocese, we raised more than 575,000 meals through the Feeding our Neighbors Campaign: A Catholic Response. Just as important, our message resonated — no hungry neighbor, non-Catholics and Catholics alike, should be turned away.

Parishes responded by filling the boxes provided, publicizing the campaign, and holding a second collection to help meet this basic human need. Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) teams throughout the Archdiocese pledged generous goals to support their home parishes in this endeavor. Archdiocesan Catholic schools joined in by holding special food drives, collecting thousands of pounds of food through the generous support of students and their families.

We extend special thanks, and congratulations, to organizations that went above and beyond in contributing to the Feeding Our Neighbors campaign. Holy Name of Jesus, Valhalla, was the highest-contributing parish, with more than 5,025 pounds of food collected. Regina Coeli School was the highest-contributing Catholic school, with more than 1,350 pounds of food collected.

Rusty Staub and the Mobile Food Pantry helped collect food donations at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and throughout the Archdiocese throughout the week-long campaign. Generous support and partnership was also provided by the Archdiocesan Catechetical Office and the Office of the Superintendent of Schools.

Because of the hard work of many, more than 40 parish and community-based food pantries and soup kitchens received food or grants:

STATEN ISLAND: St. Edward’s Food Pantry at Mt. Loretto, St. Ann Parish, St. Mary of the Assumption and Holy Family Food Pantry.

MANHATTAN: St. Mary’s Food Pantry, Church of St. Gregory the Great Food Pantry, Our Lady of Lourdes Pantry, Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal – Fr. Solanus Casey Food Pantry, Kennedy Center Food Pantry; Harlem, Washington Heights Ecumenical Food Pantry, St. Cecilia’s Food Pantry; East Harlem, Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry; Lower East Side, All Saints Food Pantry; Harlem and St. Mark’s Food Pantry; Harlem.

BRONX: St. Crispin’s, St. Raymond’s Food Pantry, St. Simon Stock Food Pantry, St. Anthony Parish Food Pantry, Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal Guadalupe Convent, Immaculate Conception Food Pantry, Our Lady of Grace Social Outreach Pantry and Highbridge Community Pantry/Muslim Women’s Institute.

WESTCHESTER: Holy Rosary; Port Chester, Holy Spirit Food Pantry; Cortlandt Manor, Food Bank of Westchester, Franciscan Friars of the Renewal; Yonkers, St. Mary’s Food Pantry; Mohegan Lake, St. Joseph’s; Yonkers, St. Peter’s Parish Food Pantry; Yonkers, Sacred Heart Church; Mount Vernon and Sacred Heart Food Pantry; Dobbs Ferry.

ROCKLAND: Catholic Community Services of Rockland and St. Peter’s Parish Food Pantry.

DUTCHESS: Hyde Park Community Pantry, St. Denis Parish Food Pantry; Hopewell Jct., St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry and St. Mary Mother of the Church Parish Food Pantry; Fishkill.

SULLIVAN: St. George – St. Francis Parish Food Pantry; Jeffersonville and Federation of the Homeless.

We look forward to another successful Feeding Our Neighbors campaign in 2013. Thank you again for your support.

Congratulations to His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan

Friday, February 17th, 2012

On February 18, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI officially elevated New York’s Archbishop, Timothy Dolan, to Cardinal during a formal ceremony at the Vatican.

Archbishop Dolan joins staff members at the Catholic Charities Immigration Hotline in 2009.

Since he first came to New York, Cardinal Dolan has been actively involved in the work of the Catholic Charities federation — blessing agency facilities, meeting with program participants, volunteering alongside our Junior Board — even building gingerbread houses with children.

Here is a look back at some of his work with Catholic Charities.

April 17, 2009: Archbishop Dolan Visits a Catholic Charities Food Pantry

September 18, 2009: Archbishop Dolan Blesses New Affordable Housing

September 29, 2009: Archbishop Dolan Visits Busy Immigration Hotline

November 24, 2009: Archbishop Dolan Gives Thanksgiving Dinners to 400 Families

December 10, 2009: Archbishop Dolan’s First Christmas Luncheon Raises $800,000 for Women and Children in Need

February 23, 2010: Inaugural Gala Benefit Raises $1.7 Million

March 12, 2010: Catholic Charities and Archbishop Dolan Attend Public Policy Day in Albany

April 27, 2010: 2010 Convening Empowers Catholic Charities Agency Federation to “Spread the Good News”

July 13, 2010: Archbishop Dolan Visits MIV-Mount Loretto in Staten Island

August 23, 2010: Archbishop Dolan Blesses Covenant House New York

September 11, 2010: 700 Attend Annual Labor Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

September 25, 2010: Msgr. Sullivan and Archbishop Dolan Celebrate Catholic Charities USA Centennial

November 9, 2010: Archbishop Dolan Visits Catholic Charities Agency CREATE, Inc.

November 25, 2010: Archbishop Dolan Joins CC at 2010 Turkey Distribution in Harlem

December 17, 2010: Archbishop Dolan Shops for the Needy at St. Nicholas Project Shopping Day

January 3, 20111: Archbishop Dolan Celebrates Christmas with the Community at St. Cecilia’s Parish

March 25, 2011: Archbishop Dolan and Msgr. Kevin Sullivan Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

May 9, 2011: 25th Annual Archbishop’s Open at Winged Foot Raises $700,000 for New Yorkers in Need

May 16, 2011: Archbishop Timothy Dolan Recognizes Courage and Dignity of Disabled at Annual Mass

May 31, 2011: Second Annual Catholic Charities Gala raises $1.8 million

July 6, 2011: Yankees General Manager Honored at 75th CYO Club of Champions Dinner

October 6, 2011: Archbishop Timothy Dolan Makes Special Visit to the Women and Children at the Mercy Center in Bronx

November 24, 2011: Archbishop Dolan and Christine Quinn Call on New Yorkers to Feed the Hungry

December 10, 2011: St. Nicholas Project Assists Nearly 3,000 New Yorkers in Need

December 28, 2011: Gingerbread Houses, Song and Prayer: Archbishop Dolan Visits for Christmas

January 6, 2012: Archbishop Timothy Dolan to be named Cardinal

January 11, 2012: Archbishop Dolan Blesses Bronx Food Pantry

January 20, 2012: New York Archdiocese Joins Forces to Feed Our Neighbors(Video)

January 22, 2012: (New York 1) Archbishop Dolan Launches New Program To Fight Hunger

February 13, 2012: Casita Maria Kick Starts Kids’ Reading Program

New York Archdiocese Joins Forces to Feed Our Neighbors

Friday, January 20th, 2012


By Marianna Reilly

January 20, 2012 — From January 22 through January 29, organizations throughout the Archdiocese of New York will join forces to help address the hunger crisis in our community. The Feeding Our Neighbors campaign is a unified response to Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan’s call to “feed the hungry in the name of Jesus,” ensuring that none of our neighbors are turned away when they look to the church for help. Learn more and join the campaign today.

Join the fight against hunger. Tell us what you will be contributing to our Archdiocesan-wide drive on Facebook.

Looking for ideas? Check out this guide to food donations:

The Archdiocese of New York network needs these nutritious foods:


  • Canned Vegetables
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Vegetable Soups

  • Canned Fruits (in juice or light syrup)
  • Dried Fruits
  • 100% Fruit Juices

  • Beans- canned or dry
  • Peanut Butter
  • Nuts
  • Canned Meat (chicken, beef, ham)
  • Canned Fish (tuna, salmon, sardines)
  • Canned Stews (chicken or beef)

  • Rice (white, brown, flavored)
  • Pasta/noodles
  • Dry Cereal and Hot Cereal (grits, oatmeal, farina)
  • Flour/Cornmeal/Baking Mixes
  • Whole Wheat Crackers
  • Couscous

  • Dry Milk packets
  • Shelf stable milk
  • Soy/Almond/Rice Milk
Other Items

  • Nutritional Beverages (Boost, Ensure, Carnation Instant Breakfast)
  • Spices
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Personal Care Items

To ensure safety, we cannot use:

  • Rusty or Unlabeled Cans
  • Avoid glass containers and all perishable foods
  • Homemade Items
  • Noncommercial Canned Items
  • Noncommercial Packaged Items
  • Alcoholic Beverages & Mixes
  • Open or Used Items

Parish Spotlight: St. Cecilia’s in East Harlem

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

By Marianna Reilly

November 10, 2011 — If you have ever paid a visit to St. Cecilia’s Parish in East Harlem, you know that it is not your typical national landmark. Far from being merely architecturally astounding, it is one of the most beautiful examples of Catholic service in our community. For more than a century, the parish has been dedicated to helping our neighbors in need in New York.

St. Cecilia's Parish

St. Cecilia's Parish in New York is a National Historic Landmark and an example of Catholic charity in East Harlem. View photos of volunteers helping out at St. Cecilia's food pantry on Facebook.

Originally the church of the Irish community in New York when it was established in 1883, St. Cecilia currently ministers to a diverse parish community from all parts of the world, including Italy, Jamaica, Philippines, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Africa, Germany and Ireland.

Parish community services include a food pantry, Narcotics Anonymous, Justicia en el Barrio, HIV Momentum Project, and more. The Parish Service Center, established in 1972 and funded by Catholic Charities New York, provides counseling, responds to health problems, and assists with family crises. At this service-driven church, the needs of the people of East Harlem are handled with compassion and respect.

A Day Nursery, which cares for the children of working mothers, is still run by the Sisters of Atonement, who first established the program at St. Cecilia’s in 1927, and a summer program, operated in partnership with Catholic Charities and the East Harlem Community Corporation, provides recreational, cultural and religious enrichment opportunities for local youth.

Recently, Catholic Charities was awarded $10,000 by the RealNetworks Foundation to support services at St. Cecilia’s, specifically emergency food and emergency relief services.

Fathers Stevens, Holland, Smith and Brinkmann serve as the current chaplains of nearby Mt. Sinai Hospital, Fifth Avenue Hospital and The Flower Free Surgical Hospital.

Members of the St. Cecilia’s parish community, together with those from Our Lady Queen of Angels, under Father Raymond Hand, O.F.M., Cap., also sponsor a narcotics treatment center called “Enter.” The program offers a soup kitchen, beds, a detoxification program and therapy to all who come for help. Constant clothing and food drives run through both parishes help support of this vast undertaking.

Are you a member of St. Cecilia’s parish and volunteer in one of their ministries? Share your experience with us.

Tell us: Which parish in the New York Archdiocese should we highlight next?