Our New Food Hub Is Fighting Back Against Hunger

Hunger – the nothing in the fridge and nothing on children’s dinner plates’ hunger – is out of control and Catholic Charities with its new Food Hub just opened on June 23 is fighting back. 

How? In so many ways:

  1. Individual food banks often can neither store nor distribute the large crates of individual donations – say 1,000 cans of peas, for example – they receive.  Our 1,050 square-foot space food distribution center, in contrast, has the capacity to receive, sort and distribute 100,000 pounds of food each month – that’s 80,000 meals per month – by serving as a central warehouse that stores and redistributes donated foods from agency and private donors to local food pantries and soup kitchens.
  2. Smaller food banks cannot refrigerate and distribute large quantities of fresh fruits and produce.  The food hub enables us to share these donations to food programs throughout the area, improving healthy food options for those hungry and in need.
  3. Hungry people need more than just food; they need help improving their lives. The food hub also provides supportive services to clients of partner programs, connecting those served to case management, eviction prevention and other critical services that move families to greater independence.
  4. The food hub provides partner programs with specialized technical assistance to help recruit volunteers, develop leaders and foster collaborations.
  5. The food hub improves the health of the hungry, not just by providing healthy food options but also by connecting partner programs to trainings that address diabetes, high blood pressure and other medical issues often confronted by the hungry.

The South Bronx Food Hub literally reaches across the table, connecting with nearly two dozen food pantries and soup kitchens throughout New York City that serve non-Catholics and Catholics alike.

Such a big operation, moreover, can only be successful with a lot of help.  The South Bronx Food Hub has donations lined up from:

  • Goya
  • City Harvest
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program
  • United Way

 “The new Food Distribution Center in the Bronx speaks to the core of our Catholic message,” says Cardinal Timothy Dolan.  “This is a great way for the Church to act on the words and teachings of the Gospel.”