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.
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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.
Knicks legend John Starks spoke with children during a free basketball clinic held at Mount St Michael Academy in the Bronx at the CYO Fitness Challenge Day on October 2. Mr. Starks spoke about fitness, nutrition and how they featured in his professional career as part of a full-court Fitness Challenge effort to cut down on obesity and sedentary lifestyles among our children.
In addition to those attending the basketball clinic run by Kids in the Game, a company specializing in after-school and recess programming, over 18,000 children joined in physical fitness activities across the Archdiocese of New York, marking the start of the second of a three-year initiative.
After a successful start dating back to September 2013, over 24,000 children from 94 schools have participated in the CYO Fitness Challenge program. Through the use of the Fitnessgram assessment tool, participants have the opportunity to track their progress and receive feedback on their fitness levels.
The Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), a division of Catholic Charities Community Services of the Archdiocese of New York and The Coca-Cola Foundation are partnering in the CYO Fitness Challenge program to bring awareness and increase fitness activities among youth throughout the New York archdiocese.
The Coca-Cola Foundation awarded a three year grant to Catholic Charities Community Services to support the CYO Fitness Challenge to enhance school athletic programs by providing fitness assessments and nutrition education to 24,000 youth participants. Through the leadership of the physical education teachers at area schools, they are now able to implement outcomes-based fitness which combines a fitness assessment to benchmark progress, physical activities, nutrition education and health awareness. After three years, this program will be implemented at 225 schools/programs, reaching an estimated goal of 35,000 children.
“Catholic Charities strives to deal holistically with those we serve,” said Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. “Through the generous support of The Coca-Cola Foundation, we are able to enhance lives by providing children and their parents with tools and learning to better achieve a healthy lifestyle. These are lessons they will carry with them as they get older.”
Catholic Renewal raised more than $600,000 at its Fourth Annual Cocktail Reception to assist Catholic Charities in feeding the hungry throughout the Archdiocese of New York on September 8, 2014.
The reception was held at the Kirkland & Ellis Conference Center and honored Alan W. Kornberg, Partner of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, for his steadfast commitment to the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York and the corporate restructuring industry. More than 500 restructuring professionals attended the event.
If you were unable to attend the event but want to make a donation to feed the hungry click here.
Fidelis Care, a partner with Catholic Charities Community Services for nearly a decade, presented a $624,000 to Catholic Charities on September 22, 2014 to further the two agencies’ aligned mission to serve the poor and needy of New York.
The grant, the largest Fidelis has ever given Catholic Charities, was designated to strengthen families and support individuals in fiscal crisis and actively further the health status of indigent and medically underserved populations. It was presented to Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities, and Talia Lockspeiser, associate director of Catholic Charities Community Services on September 22, 2014 by Pam Hassen, vice president of marketing and senior programs for Fidelis along with Marketing Director George Rodriguez and Marketing Vice President Mark Scofani.
“We believe your strategies will improve the quality of life for low-income individuals while strengthening your organization,” Cardinal Dolan, a member of Fidelis Care New York and Rev. Patrick Frawley, Fidelis Care New York President and CEO wrote in a letter included with the donation.
Fidelis Care is the not-for-profit New York State Catholic Health Plan, providing quality, affordable health coverage to nearly one million children and adults in 59 counties statewide. The mission of Fidelis Care is to ensure that every resident, regardless of income, age, religion, gender, or ethnic background, has access to quality, affordable health care provided with dignity and respect. Through partnerships with providers and local community agencies like Catholic Charities, Fidelis Care works to foster healthier futures for members and their families.
Catholic Charities Joins Public Advocate Letitia James to Call for Pro-Bono Legal Help for Unaccompanied ChildrenWednesday, August 13th, 2014
Public Advocate Letitia James joined a coalition of immigration advocates including Catholic Charities, New York Immigration Coalition and Legal Aid Society yesterday, August 12, 2014, to call on increased protection and representation for undocumented youth navigating New York immigration court.
Margaret Martin, supervising attorney for Catholic Charities Unaccompanied Minors Program, spoke at the event along with others to call for the creation of a help desk at Immigration Court that will provide counsel and resources to children and their families, and monthly clinics around the City to train attorneys who volunteer to act as a friend of the court during initial hearings (“surge dockets”) that involve unaccompanied minors. The Public Advocate seeks to recruit attorneys to serve in this capacity pro-bono and also plans to undergo training to serve unaccompanied youth.
Today, the first of nearly 3,500 unaccompanied children– many of whom have both experienced and been witness to heinous crimes in their home countries– will enter New York State to face deportation proceedings via accelerated court hearings.
New York State is second only to Texas in the number of unaccompanied children hosted, followed by Florida with 3,181 and California with 3,150. These children, as young as five years old, come without any knowledge of our legal system, yet are expected to navigate the complex juvenile surge docket.
Children and others in court for immigration charges do not have a right to an attorney — so if they cannot afford one or do not have family to help them find one, they go unrepresented in their hearings.
“For more than 8 years, Catholic Charities has been providing compassionate help to those seeking refuge from Central America,” said Catholic Charities Executive Director Monsignor Kevin Sullivan.
“We have seen the number of children in need of help increase dramatically and witnessed the emotional and physical scars they bear from violence and abuse in their home countries. We continue to respond to each child’s needs, by expanding our services to meet the growing demand, whether through providing proper legal representation, helping reunification with custodial parents, or coordinating needed supportive human services.”
On Sunday, January 26, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan met with the leaders of other emergency food providers and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at the Food Bank for New York City warehouse in the Bronx. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the impending further cuts of billions of dollars to supplemental nutrition assistance programs (SNAP) by the federal government.
The network of Catholic Charities agencies and programs are a significant part of the efforts to address the issue of hunger and food insufficiency. In fact, the roundtable discussion took place on the same day as the kickoff of Catholic Charities annual Feeding our Neighbors campaign, an archdiocesan–wide effort to replenish food pantries and respond to the overwhelming need in our New York community.
“It’s just sort of a simple, homemade approach to a big problem,” said Cardinal Dolan recently in support of the campaign. “Everybody talks about hunger and how bad it is, and our politicians argue about it, debate about it, but the faith community said, ‘Let’s do something about it.’ ”
“The meeting confirmed what Catholic Charities has been experiencing across our own network of emergency food programs throughout the communities in the New York metropolitan area,” said Monsignor Sullivan. “Since November, after cutbacks in support of ongoing nutrition assistance programs [$5 billion nationwide], we have seen a surge in working families visiting our programs.”
In Washington Heights for example, people have begun lining up before 7am to make sure they can obtain food for their families. Catholic Charities has over 4,000 families registered for food assistance but only enough food to serve 1,000 families in need each month.
Volunteer efforts and food drives can only do so much to address the overwhelming need. They cannot come close to replacing the need for government resources and assistance for families struggling to put food on the table.
The Feeding Our Neighbors Campaign, initially launched by Timothy Cardinal Dolan in 2011 and run for the past two years in partnership with UJA-Federation, kicks off this interfaith initiative in a big way this Sunday, January 19, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Catholic Charities Board Member Susan Salice and Catholic Charities Special Assistant to the Director Luz Tavarez-Salazar will join with Knights of Columbus State Deputy Carmine Musumeci as well as representatives from UJA-Federation and fellow dignitaries to announce this year’s campaign. It will run from January 26 – February 2.
There is just one goal for Feeding Our Neighbors, that New Yorkers – no matter their faith – answer the call to feed those who are hungry and in need in our community.
A united effort to fight hunger, Feeding Our Neighbors is a response to Cardinal Dolan’s call that we all do our part to replenish the food pantries and soup kitchens in our community, which so many families in our community rely on to survive.
Now, with more than 1.7 million people in New York City living in poverty and one out of five children without enough to eat, we are prepared to collect food and funds for an additional 1,000,000 meals. The first year we raised 500,000 additional meals. Last year the Feeding Our neighbors campaign raised close to 750,000 additional meals.
Sponsored by Catholic organizations throughout the Archdiocese of New York and managed by Catholic Charities and UJA-Federation of New York, two of the largest faith-based, not-for-profit organizations in New York, 100% of contributions to the campaign will support local food pantries that serve New Yorkers, non-Catholic and Catholic alike.
Participating organizations will load food donations on to Catholic Charities’ Mobile Food Pantry and Bronx Jewish Community Council trucks on Sunday for delivery food pantries, soup kitchens and meal programs that serve New Yorkers in need.
“I am delighted that we are partnering with old, as well as, new friends,” said Msgr. Kevin Sullivan.” “Thanks to all!”
Take one small action this January to help feed the hungry. Together, we can change lives.
- Support a Fundraising Drive. Donations can be made through Catholic Charities, your local parish, or any Catholic School in the New York Archdiocese. You can also make a quick $10 donation to Feeding Our Neighbors by texting “CCHOPE” to 85944.
- Feed the Big White Box. Bring non-perishable foods to a “Feeding Our Neighbors” food drive at any Catholic parish in the New York Archdiocese, the Catholic Charities headquarters at 1011 First Avenue, or any Archdiocesan Catholic School. Look for the big white box!
- Volunteer at a Food Pantry near You.