By Alice Kenny
To confront the crisis of growing hunger in New York, we kick off today, Sunday, January 26, Feeding Our Neighbors. This united campaign to fight hunger responds to Timothy Cardinal Dolan’s call that we all do our part to replenish the food pantries and soup kitchens that so many families in our community rely on to survive.
To further this effort, Msgr. Kevin Sullivan just met with one of our state’s top elected officials, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, to share the Catholic Charities perspective on hunger and food insufficiency. The Senator convened a very small policy roundtable this Sunday with leaders of food provider organizations and key advocates to discuss the impact of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cuts in New York.
More and more New Yorkers have been reaching out to soup kitchens to feed their families, reports CBS News in this just-released report*:
- New research released this week by the Food Bank for New York City reveals that most of the city’s food pantries have seen a sharp increase in visitors.
- The trend follows a $5 billion national cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that went into effect Nov. 1.
- The cuts affect nearly 2 millionNew York City residents who receive benefits from the program.
Feeding Our Neighbors, sponsored by organizations throughout the Archdiocese of New York and managed by Catholic Charities, will use 100% of contributions to the campaign to support local food pantries that serve New Yorkers, non-Catholic and Catholic alike.
Please join us in Feeding Our Neighbors.
The time is now, January 26th – Sunday, February 2nd 2014.
Take one small action to help feed the hungry.
Together, we can change lives.
Support a Fundraising Drive.
Donate through Catholic Charities and type “Feeding Our Neighbors” in the comments field.
Text “CCHOPE” to 85944 to make a quick $10 donation.
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 at1011 First Avenue, or anyArchdio cesan Catholic School.
*Check out the report on CBS news.