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21 Jan, 2021 | News

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Launches Project Brown Bag: Offers Relief for Homeless New Yorkers

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens kicks off the New Year with Project Brown Bag, an initiative that offers homeless New Yorkers some relief during the cold winter nights of the pandemic. Community leaders visit local soup kitchens throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn to provide brown bags filled with single serve non-perishable food, clothing, masks, and supportive information for vulnerable populations in Brooklyn and Queens. Project Brown Bag is more than distributing a bag of essential goods, outreach efforts also includes community engagement for an often-forgotten group of our neighbors. To see what we are doing, visit our social media posts.

Since the pandemic began, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens has witnessed a 1000% increase in food requests and has provided much-needed food packages and services at the 20 Catholic Charities parish-based food pantries and an additional 27 affiliate pantries located throughout both boroughs. In total, the agency distributed over $3 million in food assistance in 2020. In addition, Catholic Charities witnessed a 37 percent increase in clients in 2020, and continued to deliver mental health counseling, housing services, family services and early childhood education.