This past weekend, Catholic Charities Community Health & Wellness Services Team gathered at the St. Michael’s Church Soup Kitchen in Brooklyn to help our vulnerable homeless community via our Brown Bag Homeless Outreach Project. Catholic Charities distributed 100 bags of non-perishable food, clothing, masks and $25 TD Bank gift cards and the church provided precooked meals. Our team also conducted SNAP screenings, while youth from KrisX2 Foundation, The Mary Louis Academy and Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School distributed bags of essential items that they put together.
It is so wonderful to witness these groups stepping up to help others during these trying times, sending an inspiring message to our most vulnerable, that no one needs to walk alone.
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.