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Food Banks Receive Huge Boost

Posted on January 12, 2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

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.

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