As the federal government continues to report record inflation rates, The Tablet wants to offer a service to our readers who are having difficulty in finding affordable meals.
The weather was chilly, still, dozens of people swarmed small card tables piled high with sandwiches, fresh produce, canned goods, toiletries, and clothing offered by St. Fidelis Street Outreach near the intersection of 14th Avenue and College Point Boulevard.
The social justice lessons taught by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King were put into practice last week by St. Saviour Catholic Academy students, who conducted a food drive to help underprivileged people in Brooklyn.
For Deacon Bob Hornacek, “the beautiful things” he sees at Paul’s Pantry in Green Bay “is not just what we do, but the way we do it and why we do it.” Paul’s Pantry, founded in 1984, operates as a free grocery store for people in need. It relies on support from the community and does not receive any government funds.
Since May, the Knights of Columbus Holy Family/Bishop Ignatius Catanello Council #14520 has collected and distributed more than 4,000 pounds of food to at least 6,000 families. Their most recent food drive, held on August 16, collected approximately 500 pounds of food that was donated to St. Michael’s Church Pantry in Flushing.
For nearly half a century, the Brooklyn-based soup kitchen, Community Help in Park Slope, Inc. (CHiPS) has served more than 300 daily meals to clients in the neighborhood without charging a dime. But, on March 19, it too succumbed to the coronavirus crisis, serving its last plate until further notice.