FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Distributed Over 3,000 Turkeys This Thanksgiving
Brooklyn, NY – Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens distributed 3,103 turkeys to families this Thanksgiving as a hunger crisis continues during the pandemic. The distribution of the turkeys took place on Tuesday, November 16 at St. Francis of Assisi – St. Blaise Parish in Brooklyn and Thursday, November 18 at Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Queens. Catholic Charities distributed the frozen turkeys at 2-Pop-Up food pantries and 3 Turkey Distributions to date.
Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens also provided $100.00 food vouchers in increments of $50.00 for turkey dinner fixings so struggling families can have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
“For us, it’s a way of showing that we stand with the people at this particular time of the year,” said Reverend Monsignor Alfred P. LoPinto, President and Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens and Affiliated Agencies.
Continuing an over six-year tradition of donating turkeys in honor of their parents, Al and Maria Catanese donated 700 turkeys this year. EJ Electric, the New York City District Council of Carpenters, Local 638 Steamfitters Union, and Univision also donated frozen turkeys.
Tickets for participation by individuals in need were distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8:00 a.m. the morning of each event. Those in attendance wore a mask, practiced social distancing, and brought a shopping cart for the food distribution.
In an agency-wide effort to reach communities with low vaccine rates, COVID-19 and Flu Vaccines were also available. Since January 2021, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens has facilitated over 1,850 COVID-19 vaccines to individuals in the communities we serve.
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Photos attached are courtesy of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens.
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Since the pandemic began, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens has provided much-needed food packages and services at 52 Catholic Charities parish-based food pantries and has distributed $7.5 million in food assistance. Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens continues to deliver mental health counseling, housing services, family services and early childhood education. In addition, we are pleased to offer COVID vaccines at a variety of local events and locations. A full list can be found at www.ccbq.org/liveitup. For additional information, visit our website at www.ccbq.org.