Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens served 1,620 families at an Emergency Pop-Up Food Pantry in Sunset Park, Brooklyn at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church on Friday, May 8, 2020 with Bishop-elect Kevin Sweeney in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the New York City Department of Health, as of May 7, Brooklyn has seen 46,977 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 4,337 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.
Since March 24 Catholic Charities has:
- Provided over 53,800 meals at emergency Pop-Up Food Distributions in Brooklyn and Queens.
- Provided over 100,000 meals at our food pantries.
- Witnessed a massive 200 percent increase in demand for food at our existing food pantries.
On Friday, May 8, Catholic Charities handed out:
- 1,500 bags of food
- Each bag consisted of 3 meals for a family of three totaling 13,500 meals
- 120 $25 gift cards for groceries
- Individuals received access to supportive services via our call center and behavioral health services via telehealth.
- Additional assistance, information and resources, included outreach material encouraging participants to self-respond to the 2020 Census.
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
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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.