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18 May, 2020 | News

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Distributed 4,800 bags of Food at an Emergency Pop-Up Pantry in Elmhurst, Queens in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens distributed 4,800 bags of food at an Emergency Pop-Up Pantry in Elmhurst at St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church oFriday, May 15, 2020. 

Since March 24, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, in partnership with parishes in the Diocese of Brooklyn, has provided over 71,400 meals at emergency pop-ufood distributions for neighbors in need.  

In addition, Catholic Charities has provided over 100,000 meals at our food pantries while witnessing a massive 200 percent increase in demand for food at our existing food pantries. 

On Friday, May 15, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens distributed a total of nearly 17,600 meals through 4,800 bags of food. More than 1,600 individuals received 3 bags of food consisting of 11 meals total. Bags contained dry staple goods, produce, apples, tortillas and juices.  

Individuals received access to supportive services via our call center and behavioral health services via tele-health and outreach material encouraging participants to self-respond to the 2020 Census. 

According to the New York City Department of Health, as of May 16, Queens has seen 58,574 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 4,750 reported deaths, the second largest number of cases in New York City. Brooklyn and Queens account for nearly 60 percent of all COVID-19 cases in the New York metropolitan area. Elmhurst is one of the most ethnically diverse zip codes in the United States. 

The Emergency Pop-Up Food Distribution is organized and funded by Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens as a direct response to our neighbors in need in both boroughs. To help, donate to Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens at www.ccbq.org.   

Footage and images courtesy of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6vktcmviop6lech/AACSCC2lballOW0zjZZ6SONBa?dl=0 

See media coverage:

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens distributes over 17,000 meals at pop-up food pantry in Elmhurst, amNewYork, Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Crowds Line Up For Free FoodWCBS-NY, Friday, May 15, 2020

Thousands Line Up Outside Queens Food Pantry Hours Before OpeningCBS 2 NY, Friday, May 15, 2020 

NHK WORLD RADIO JAPANEnglish News Podcast Script, Friday, May 15, 2020

Additional coverage also includes: 

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About Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens: For 120 years, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens has been providing quality social services to the neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Queens, and currently offers 160-plus programs and services for children, youth, adults, older adults, and those struggling with mental illness. As one of the largest faith-based developers of affordable housing in the country, Catholic Charities provides 4,330 units of housing for low-income seniors, families, veterans, the formerly homeless, those with HIV and those struggling with mental illness. For additional information, visit our website at www.ccbq.org.