On St. Patrick’s Day, Catholic Charities Community Health & Wellness Services Team partnered with St. Dominic Catholic Church in Brooklyn to serve the homeless community. The parish provided in-door dining and catered to over twenty homeless members with hot delicious meals. Catholic Charities also distributed bags of non-perishable food, hats, masks and a $25 gift card so individuals can purchase additional needed items. Additionally, our team distributed flyers with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) information and screened many guests to see if they qualify for the program.
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.