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Cardinal Dolan Celebrates Holy Thursday at Bronx Food Hub with Goya Foods

Posted on April 13, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

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Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.; Timothy Cardinal Dolan; Robert Unanue, President and CEO of Goya Foods; Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of New York

Honoring today, Holy Thursday, when Christians celebrate the Passover meal that Jesus broke bread with his Disciples, Cardinal Timothy Dolan brings his heart, heft and special bear hugs to hungry New Yorkers served at Catholic Charities Bronx Distribution Center.

Why?  Because Catholic Charities innovative 1,050 square-foot food distribution center located at the South Bronx Community Center, 402 E. 152 St, takes hunger head on, multiplying food-option availability while empowering those served. 

Miraculous Sharing

Taking its lead from the miracle of the breaking of the bread, this food hub tucked in the heart of struggling South Bronx receives, sorts and distributes more than a quarter ton of food each month – 513,000 pounds to be exact.  That means 37,000 meals per month to hungry community residents.

It makes “just-in-time” deliveries to 18 partner pantry and food programs in the Bronx and upper Manhattan. This allows these smaller food programs with limited refrigeration/storage to maximize grocery options while avoiding spoilage.  

Meanwhile, its onsite Client Choice Food Pantry provides enhanced healthy food options during expanded daytime and evening hours to serve growing numbers of working poor.  The hub also serves as a central warehouse that recruits volunteers while providing social services designed to promote independence. 

 

Miraculous Giving

The Bronx Food Hub’s strength relies on the generosity of its supporters – and Goya Foods, in particular, has been has been very generous.  The company donated 300,000 pounds of food to Catholic Charities this year, much of which is distributed through the Bronx Food Distribution Center.

Goya Foods is a generous supporter of the Food Distribution Center, having donated 300,000 pounds of food to Catholic Charities of New York this year, much of which is distributed through the Bronx Food Distribution Center to a network of 18 pantries and other food programs in the south Bronx and upper Manhattan.

The opening of the Food Distribution Center is one of several key initiatives Catholic Charities has undertaken as part of our centennial year activities.  

On April 29, 2017, we mark our 100-year legacy of service as we launch the next century of providing help and creating hope for New Yorkers in need.