Catholic Charities Community Health and Wellness Team recently hit the streets again for our Brown Bag Homeless Outreach Project. Our team visited the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church’s Grab and Go Soup Kitchen in Queens. We are grateful to the Resurrection Ascension Parish Vincentian Outreach Group who made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for our visit, where we added $25 TD Bank gift cards to the brown bag. We were able to serve guests from the Jamaica Armory 101, Providence House for Formerly Incarcerated Women, SCO Family Shelter and two additional men’s shelters.
Since the pandemic began, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens has witnessed a 1,000 percent increase in food requests and has provided much-needed food packages and services at 49 Catholic Charities parish-based food pantries. In total, the agency distributed over $3.4 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. For additional information, visit our website at www.ccbq.org.