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CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF NEW YORK ANNOUNCES CREATION OF NEW FOOD DISTRIBUTION CENTER

GOYA TO DONATE 300,000 POUNDS OF FOOD TO NEW CENTER, WHICH WILL SUPPORT CATHOLIC CHARITIES’ “BETTER FOOD FOR BETTER LIVES” INITIATIVE WITH EMERGENCY FOOD PROGRAMS

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NEW YORK, NY (June 22,2016) – Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York has announced the establishment of a new Food Hub to increase access to fresh produce, nutritious food and support services to a network of community-based interfaith partner pantries and soup kitchens to assist households struggling to have enough food in the Bronx and Northern Manhattan.

In an effort to increase access to quality food and nutritious meals, the new Catholic Charities Community Services Food Distribution Center will be located in the low-income community of the South Bronx at Catholic Charities’ South Bronx Community Center, 402 E. 152nd Street, Bronx, New York. Now in the final stages of completion, the 1,050 square foot site will have the capacity to receive and distribute approximately 60,000 lbs. of fresh produce and other nutritious foods per month, which will add to the nutritional value of over 90,000 meals provided to community residents. The goal of the center is to provide healthier food and stronger support to stabilize households’ food supply and enable them to move toward greater independence. This hub and its network strive to deliver “better food for better lives.” 

In addition, at the same site, Catholic Charities of New York is opening a new Client Choice Food Pantry, which will serve 350 families per week. In addition to its regular daytime schedule, the pantry will be open one evening a week   for working families who are increasingly relying on pantries to supplement meals. An essential element of the program is the establishment of professional case management services for families that come to Catholic Charities for food. These aim to provide hope for families to move forward in their lives.  

Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic owned food company in the United States, will donate 300,000 pounds to the new center. 

“Goya is proud to partner with Catholic Charities of New York and support the mission of its new Food Distribution Center,” said Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods. “We are eager to work closely together in an effort to feed those who go without nutritious meals and to reassure that the center is fully equipped with enough healthy food each month.”

The distribution center will extend the ongoing efforts of the agency’s Feeding Our Neighbors programs, a longstanding network of forty-one (41) mostly volunteer-run programs located in parishes throughout the Archdiocese. Catholic Charities has reached out to partner with other faith-based organizations, developing affiliations with programs of the UJA-Federation and the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies.  The three organizations collaborate annually during the interfaith Feeding Our Neighbors campaign, collectively raising over 3.5 million meals through their joint efforts. 

The distribution network will initially consist of the following programs and parishes in the Bronx and parts of upper Manhattan:

  • 170th St. Mosque
  • Abraham House
  • Bronx Family Justice Center
  • Church of God Prophecy
  • JCC of Washington Heights
  • UJA of Lower Eastside
  • Immaculate Conception
  • Kennedy Center Food Pantry
  • Mosaic Beacon Food Pantry
  • POTS
  • Sacred Heart
  • St Nicholas of Tolentine
  • St. Anthony
  • St. Augustine/Our Lady of Victory
  • St. Cecilia's Food Pantry
  • St. Charles Food Pantry
  • St. Frances of Rome
  • St. Jerome Food Pantry
  • St. Joseph Food Pantry
  • St. Luke Food Pantry
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Food Pantry
  • Washington Heights Ecumenical F.P.

“One of the most famous passages in Scripture is, ‘For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.’ This new Food Hub in the Bronx helps us to respond to these words of Jesus, as we provide help to the food insecure and hungry throughout New York City, by serving as a community-based food hub for local programs and parishes. This is a great way for the Church to put the words of the Gospel into action.”

“For nearly 100 years, Catholic Charities of New York has been feeding the hungry,” said Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities. “We are establishing this new Food Hub in the Bronx to continue to help hungry individuals and families of all religions throughout New York City. Critically important is the hope that these families achieve greater independence in their lives. Through the professional support Catholic Charities will provide.”

The new center will also serve as a community-based food hub for local programs and parishes in the Bronx and Upper Manhattan and provide support and technical assistance to help with capacity building, enhancement of program operations and assistance with identifying potential funding opportunities.

This program will operate in collaboration with City Harvest and Goya Foods. Goya Foods will donate bulk foods to our food hub on scheduled days during the month; City Harvest will provide fresh produce, baked goods, juice and other supermarket items.

“City Harvest rescues and distributes over 150,000 pounds of food across New York City each day,” said City Harvest Executive Director Jilly Stephens.  “We look forward to partnering with Catholic Charities and providing fresh produce and other nutritious foods for their new Food Hub in the South Bronx.  We appreciate their dedication to distributing this food across their network of programs in some of the neediest communities in the city.”

The hub will also be eligible to receive bulk shipments of free food, frozen and fresh produce from City Harvest, The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and the United Way.

The hub will serve as a symbol of help and hope for some of New York’s struggling communities. 

Catholic Charities of New York is committed to expanding their emergency food services and community outreach efforts to reach more hungry and impoverished Bronx residents, offering better food and more opportunities to improve their lives.  By establishing this new resource, Catholic Charities of New York enacts an essential mandate to serve others, answering the call to action against hunger throughout the Archdiocese.

About Catholic Charities
For nearly 100 years, Catholic Charities has provided a vast array of human services, including: protecting and nurturing children and youth; feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless; strengthening families and resolving crises; supporting the emotionally and physically challenged; and welcoming and integrating immigrants and refugees. Catholic Charities work touches almost every person's need and strives to have no boundaries. For more information, visit www.catholiccharitiesny.org.

About GOYA

Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, and has established itself as the leader in Latin American food and condiments. Goya manufactures, packages, and distributes over 2,500 high-quality food products from Spain, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Goya products have their roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities around the world; Goya’s combination of authentic ingredients, robust seasonings and convenient preparation make Goya products ideal for every taste and every table. For more information on Goya Foods, please visit www.goya.com

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