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Thanksgiving Drive: Feeding Ourselves and Our Neighbors

by Catherine Kirch

As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s both a time to reflect on all we are grateful for, and a time to come together to serve families and individuals who are in need. As a part of the annual Thanksgiving Drive, Chef Lidia Bastianich—a celebrity chef and proud friend of Catholic Charities New York—is sharing four of her Thanksgiving recipes to support CCNY’s efforts to help feed the hungry.

As the cost of living in New York City continues to increase, many New Yorkers struggle to afford basic essentials, including food for themselves and their children. Over 2.4 million New Yorker State residents face hunger every year, including over 1.2 million New York City residents. In fact, food insecurity in New York City is twelve percent higher than the national rate of food insecurity. It is estimated that at least eighteen percent of children in New York City are at risk of going hungry.

Catholic Charities agencies fight hunger in a number of ways, from soup kitchens to food pantries and more. Soup kitchens, as well as many shelters, serve hot meals on site; food pantries enable those who cannot afford to shop for food to take groceries home to their families. Catholic Charities also works to connect families and individuals with ongoing food support like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more commonly known as food stamps.

The Thanksgiving Drive not only supports Catholic Charities’ regular efforts to feed the hungry, but it also helps CCNY provide turkey and all the fixings to many who would otherwise go without. Through Chef Bastianich and Catholic Charities, we can all come together to feed our neighbors and make a difference this holiday season.

Chef Bastianich’s recipes include roasted sweet and Yukon gold potatoes, roasted pears and grapes, and poussins with beer, maple syrup, and balsamic glaze. To donate and download the fourth recipe, Butternut Squash Gnocchi, click here.

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