Monthly Ministry of Feeding the Hungry in NYC
The National Philoptochos Feeding the Hungry program began as part of National Philoptochos President Maria Logus’ goal of “doing–more hands on philanthropy, engaging all members of our community in our work.” Although this program is new on the National level, it has always been embraced on the chapter level as many chapters throughout the country have been offering this outreach program for years.
DAD Philoptochos President, Jennifer Constantin remarks on the joint Philoptochos feeding the hungry on Ocotber 27, 2015 at33rd and 7th Avenue in Manhattan
How excited were we as we were about to pass 33rd street and realized that cars were turning down the street! Could it be? Yes, the pedestrian walkway was gone and the street was open! Thankfully we were back to our original location. As we arrived His Grace Bishop Sevastianos and our first guest were there waiting! Thank you to Fr. Nick and Presbytera Pat, from Staten Island, for donating the evening’s entrée in memory of their mothers. Thank you to Christine C and Panagiota K from SI for preparing the meal and for helping to serve last night. Thank you to the Marcia & Helen from West Babylon for donating the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and for setting up our “assembly line” of sandwich makers. Thank you to Demi, Nikki, Nancy, Tina Marie, Kathryn, Stella F, Bia, Maria S., & Mary D. for donating and for serving and to Café Metro for their regular donation of their ever popular wraps.
By the end of the evening we had distributed 102 scrumptious meatloaf and rice meals, rolls, apples, brownies made by the children from St. Basil Academy for Make a Difference Day, cookies, water, juice, granola bars, bags of koulourakia from the residents of St. Michael’s home, tee shirts, socks, health care packs, totes and various other items. Our guests were so pleased with our offerings and are always thankful and respectful.
As we move forward with this beautiful, much needed outreach program, we are constantly learning. Learning that we can make a small difference; Learning we cannot always have enough items but will do our best; Learning that we have many members in our “TEAM” and that we each can help in our own way. Learning that there are many mays to make a difference!
The need is vast and our help truly makes a difference in the lives of New Yorkers. If you would like to join this team effort, or know of someone else who would, there are many ways. Maybe you have time to give us, own a restaurant, will cook food or donate other items, money to purchase items- all is appreciated. Please contact Jennifer or Georgia.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND REMEMBER, the last Tuesday of every month!