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Inspiring. Powerful. Educational And Feeding The Hungry, Too!

Posted on February 1, 2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

That’s how an interdenominational team of 35 teens described their accomplishments yesterday, January 31st, when they banded together at UJA-Federation offices at 130 East 59th Street in Manhattan to feed our hungry neighbors. 

“It’s like either you’re starving or you don’t get any help.  But what defines starving?” a mom of two says in A Place at the Table  documentary aired during the event. “If you don’t eat for a day are you starving?  In their (the government’s) eyes no but in your eyes and the way you feel, of course.”

The average food stamp budget in New York is less than $5/day. People try feeding their families on this. But the reality is you can’t. Every day is a struggle just to eat. 

So moms, dads, children, the old and the disabled turn to our food panties for help. But donations to food pantries have fallen just as need increases.

This is why three faith-based organizations – Catholic Charities, UJA-Federation, Bread for the World and Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies – brought these teens together for the final day of our Feeding Our Neighbors Campaign. The teens wrote 50 letters to Congress asking legislators to continue funding food stamps, also known as “SNAP,” and other programs that feed our hungry neighbors.

And they packed 4,000 pounds of food donated by Goya into 450 food pantry bags. Food Bank for New York will pick the bags up and distribute them to member agencies throughout New York City.

A great grand finale for our Feeding Our Neighbors campaign!

But nowhere near the end of our need to feed our hungry neighbors.

We need your help.

Please join us now.

View photos of the event on Facebook.

Catholic Charities is responding to the needs of our neighbors during the 
COVID-19 pandemic.

For Help Call 888-744-7900