New Yorkers Honor 9/11 by Feeding Hurricane Victims and Hungry New Yorkers

Posted on September 13, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Day of Service Provides 100,000 Bags of Food to Catholic Charities Food Hub

Decked in red hair nets and multi-colored t-shirts thousands of New York City volunteers stood shoulder to shoulder at the Intrepid Air and Space Museum.  Their goal: to pack 550,000 bags of emergency food relief to honor 9/11, feed the hungry and help those hurt by recent hurricanes.

“Such a large number of people in such a short period of time were synchronized for such a lofty goal – helping struggling people we know and see through social media,” said Catholic Charities staff member Damian Buzzerio. “What a great way to honor 9/11.”

The event, split into two 2-hour shifts, was part of the 9/11 Day of Service, now an annual event in remembrance of the  2001 World Trade Center terrorist attacks.

Catholic Charities NY Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan gave his blessing at the event.  Meanwhile, 100,000 of these food bags were targeted for Catholic Charities Bronx Food Hub, a 1,050 square-foot center that distributes food and social services center  to those in need and partner soup kitchens that serve them. Catholic Charities NY, in turn, helped sign up many of the volunteers including a large contingent from JPMorgan Chase, the Gap, and the Archdiocese of New York.

Volunteers had already signed up this year to bag rice, beans, and other dry ingredients that, when hot water is added, can be whipped into a ready meal for New York’s hungry.  But after back-to-back Hurricanes Harvey and Irma struck, the Day of Service quickly morphed into an opportunity for New Yorkers to help Texans and Floridians rebuild as well.

“We didn’t want the terrorists to define the day,” said 9/11 Day of Service Cofounder David Paine.  “So we’re taking back the day by turning it into something good.”

Missed the 9/11 Day of Service and want to help hurricane victims?

  • Donate to Catholic Charities USA - the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church. 100% of funds raised will go directly towards disaster efforts.