What better way to spend Earth Day than planting a flower for the environment? Students of the Catholic Charities COMPASS After-School Program at P.S. 50 recently celebrated Earth Day by planting flowers using recyclable cardboard pots, potting mix, and seeds. Participants learned about photosynthesis and how flowers help the environment. After learning about the importance of plants and flowers, students decorated their pots and planted their flowers. As the flowers continue to bloom, our youth will be able to care for them and later gift them to their parents on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
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.