As part of our 2017 Centennial we are committed to doubling our impact by collecting 2 million meals.
Between the last Sunday of January and first Sunday of February, Timothy Cardinal Dolan calls on non-Catholics and Catholics alike to feed our neighbors by replenishing food pantries and soup kitchens that so many families rely on to survive.
"We need to feed the hungry in the name of Jesus, and that is a high honor and call.
We need to make sure that none of our neighbors are ever turned away
when they look to the church for help."
- Timothy Cardinal Dolan
There is just one goal for Feeding Our Neighbors: to ensure that no hungry neighbor is turned away.
Sponsored by Catholic organizations throughout the Archdiocese of New York and managed by Catholic Charities, 100% of contributions to the campaign support local food pantries that serve New Yorkers, non-Catholics and Catholics alike.
The Challenge of Feeding the Hungry
Feeding Our Neighbors is a united effort to fight hunger. Organizational participants in Feeding Our Neighbors include all Archdiocesan Catholic schools, local parishes, the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), the Archdiocesan Catechetical Office, the Office of Youth Ministry and the Catholic Charities Federation.
- The cost of living In New York is high: the cost of an affordable meal within the Archdiocese of New York is nearly 9% higher than the national average.
- More than 1.7 million people in New York City live in poverty.
- More than 20% of our New York City neighbors have difficulty affording food.
- Families with children fare worse: 39% of parents and children in New York City have difficulty affording food.
- Nearly 325,000 of children throughout the 10 counties the Archdiocese of New York do not have enough to eat.
This year, we’ll be leveraging our collective reach and already expansive networks for even greater impact — with the audacious goal of collecting and distributing more than one million meals to feed the hungry throughout our area.
Left to Right: Jennifer Jones Austin CEO of FPWA, Eric Goldstein CEO of UJA
& Monsignor Kevin Sullivan CEO of Catholic Charities New York
UJA/Federation (UJA), the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA) and Bread for the World have joined with Catholic Charities to expand Feeding Our Neighbors as an interfaith campaign on behalf of New York’s hungry.
An Interfaith Response unites us to raise awareness about our community's issue of hunger and food insufficiency. Through the shared values of “No hungry neighbor should be turned away” and “Let all who are hungry come and eat," our organizations collectively pledge to make a difference in the lives of those who are hungry and in need.Advocating for those in need is a critical component of our campaign. Our goal is to emphasize this commitment through our collective voice.
Here’s how we are helping to reduce hunger in our communities:
- In collaboration with Bread for the World, we're engaging parishes and organizations to write letters to members of Congress in support for the country’s child nutrition programs. We strongly encourage you and others to write letters to elected officials.
- Any given year, youth volunteers from Catholic Charities, UJA and FPWA programs help prepare and package meals for individuals in need.
- Each year, Catholic Charities has a "Souper Bowl" fundraising event in select locations within New York to support our food pantries and soup kitchens. Join us on “Souper Bowl" Sunday to support our Feeding Our Neighbors Campaign as you watch the game.
We are pleased to have three of our generous corporate sponsors: Goya Foods, ShopRite and National Supermarket Association.
In 2017 Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, donated 300,000 pounds of food to the Feeding Our Neighbors campaign to support the vast network of food pantries and emergency food programs throughout the archdiocese of New York.
28 Shop Rite supermarkets in the Hudson Valley asked shoppers to make non-perishable food or cash donations at checkout. Thanks to this year’s shoppers, $92,000 in cash donations and more than 23,000 pounds of food were collected – totalling 390,850 Meals.
Catholic Charities is happy to partner with the National Supermarket Association (NSA). NSACares is an initiative of the National Supermarket Association, designed to partner with charitable organizations in the different communities served by their members. They have a longstanding tradition of giving back to the community. Through the promise of NSACares, each year, they reaffirm their commitment to strengthening their corporate social responsibility with the many communities served by their members.
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