By Margaret Tran
As Regional Organizer of Bread for the World, a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad, I am blessed to work closely with Catholic Charities New York in our common goal to end hunger.
The need to help families in New York is great. Throughout the 10 counties of the Archdiocese of New York, more than 12-percent of all our neighbors have difficulty affording food, and nearly 325,000 children do not have enough to eat.
Bread for the World is committed to ending hunger, and we are grateful for the opportunity to work with Catholic Charities New York to make that goal a reality.
This month of April begins exciting efforts where both organizations will come together to reach out to communities about how we can combine both charity and advocacy to bring about changes to end hunger. Communities will donate food that will be a part of Catholic Charities New York’s Feeding Our Neighbors campaign. We will also write letters urging Congress to protect child-nutrition programs like school lunch from cuts that are part of Bread for the World’s Offering of Letters campaign. Be sure to check this blog and stay aware of our hunger action, such these four upcoming events:
ONE: 4/11 from 9am-5pm New York Catholic Youth Day, St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY
The youth group that donates the most will win a pizza party with Office of Youth Ministry Director Fr. Joseph Espailla. Youth are also writing letters to Congress and tweeting on Twitter #FeedingNY.
TWO: 4/19 from 1-2pm St. Peter’s Plaza, 91 Ludlow St, Yonkers, NY 10705
Parishioners join us after mass for our hunger awareness presentation and social that includes writing letters to Congress.
THREE: 4/23 from 9-10 am St. Cecilia Senior Leaders Meeting, 125 East 105th St, NYC
Senior leaders learn about hunger issues and write letters to Congress.
FOUR: 4/25 at 12pm Blessing of the Soil, 78 Hudson Ave, Haverstraw, NY
The Catholic Charities Community Services of Rockland County, an affiliate of Catholic Charities, invites the public to their annual Blessing of the Soil ceremony to celebrate “Produce the Produce,” an effort that gets fruits and vegetables on the tables of those in need and introduces a hunger-action series throughout the year.
“Our partnership with Bread for the World is important because it adds a component of trying to impact, in a positive way, policies that can help hungry people to have adequate and nutritious meals,” says Catholic Charities Executive Director Monsignor Kevin Sullivan.
Please contact me, Margaret Tran, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-870-2201 for more information about how to join our hunger action campaign.