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Better Food for Better Lives

Posted on February 15, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Feeding the Hungry Now & into the Next Century

Better Food for Better Lives.  It’s not just a slogan; it's a promise. A hungry child, a hungry grandparent, the hungry man you see begging on the street…There is no need more basic than hunger and no organization more determined to fight it than Catholic Charities.

Far too many New York City residents - 1.4 million people, to be precise, depend on food pantries and soup kitchens in NYC to survive.  That’s one out of every five New Yorkers, older women, working families, veterans and, worst of all, children.

That’s why now, as Catholic Charities celebrates its 100-year anniversary since it was formally incorporated in 1917, we include “Better Food for Better Lives” among our top initiatives as we launch a new century of help and hope.

Already, Catholic Charities with our team of affiliated agencies provides more than 6.5 million nutritious meals through parish and community food programs as well as our mobile food pantry supported by the Rusty Staub Foundation.

But it’s not enough. Funding for food programs is being slashed. Local food programs, meanwhile, struggle to independently meet their neighborhood’s needs.

Catholic Charities is

  • Linking supplemental food services
  • Operating a good hub and network of food pantries
  • Empowering individuals towards independence

How does it work?  Our “Better Food for Better Lives” Bronx Food Hub includes a Client Choice food pantry that allows the hungry who come to our doors to select the food that meets their family’s needs. Better still, it increases access to nutritious food and support services for a network of 28 community-based interfaith partner pantries and soup kitchens in the Bronx and Northern Manhattan.

This Bronx Food Hub serves as a model for an expanded “feeding neighbors, empowering lives” program throughout New York State. That means our food pantries not only feed the hungry. They also provide professional case management services that further engage those we serve and move them towards greater self sufficiency. 

Do you know someone who is hungry, who deserves better food and a better life?

Find emergency meals at a nearby Catholic Charities agency