Cardinal Dolan Blesses Food that Catholic Charities of New York will use to Feed Hungry New Yorkers

Posted on April 7, 2020 by Catholic Charities Admin  |  Share

His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan blesses food for Catholic Charities of New York with Monsignor Kevin Sullivan (Right)   

On Sunday, April 5th, during a virtual mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan blessed food that Catholic Charities of New York will distribute to food-insecure New Yorkers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of New York was present at the mass, affirming the importance of charity in this sacred time of the year for Christians.

The food blessed by Cardinal Dolan represents the hundreds of thousands of meals that will be distributed at Catholic Charities food pantries through New York City and the Hudson Valley over the next weeks and months to feed hungry New Yorkers – many as a result of the terrible economic impact of COVID-19.  A good portion of the food has been donated by GOYA. A total of 400 grab-and-go bags will be handed out at the Betances Housing Authority project in the Bronx on Holy Thursday, April 9th. Tickets have been distributed to the community and the pantry will take precautions observing all the social distancing protocols.

In addition to our ongoing pantries, COVID-19 impact has expanded our “pop-up” pantries and special distributions:

  • Catholic Charities emergency food pantries are open, have adapted, and already are serving new individuals and families impacted by COVID-19.  
  • 950 bags were distributed in the past two weeks to new groups- parishes, day laborers, consulates.
  • 400 bags will be distributed Easter Week by Catholic Charities’ Alianza program in Washington Heights.
  • 500 bags of food will be distributed over the next few weeks to immigrants receiving Catholic Charities NY legal assistances.
  • 125 seniors are receiving homebound meals in East Harlem and are adding 65 more seniors from Kennedy Center in Central Harlem.

Throughout the coronavirus crisis, Catholic Charities of New York is supporting some of the city’s neediest populations, offering grab-and-go food bags and sanitary supplies to low-income families, legal services to immigrants and refugees, educational and emotional support to at-risk students, and assistance to the unemployed. Catholic Charities of New York has a long history of providing relief to New Yorkers during moments of crisis, helping folks after the devastation of 9/11, the 2008 recession, and Hurricane Sandy.