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Food For Thought Food insecurity is on the rise as the greater NYC area continues to grapple with the impact of the COVID-19 as we head into the colder months.

At this point last year, St. Francis had already provided more than 100,000 sandwiches throughout our network of food pantries. In any "normal" year at this time, we would have hosted holidays parties for our senior citizen community, annual events they always look forward to and enjoy, such as St Patricks Day, Mother's Day Luncheon, July 4th BBQs, outings to see the Yankees, and a summer picnic that included 100s of pre-packed school supplies within a new backpack. And our relationship with corporate partners like Ross Stores and other good-willed companies would have seen us distributing house hold supplies.

At St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters, our mission has always been to provide our clientele with more than just a meal (as vitally important as that is). We've always strived to also deliver togetherness and community. But like many other businesses, organizations and families, the pandemic has tested what we are able to do. For many, that sense of community has been lost.

While all of us may struggle with these issues, they affect the poor and indigent more than most. And since many of our neighbors who previously had stable incomes have now lost jobs or had their hours cut back, it's no surprise that the numbers show that 1 in 10 Americans do not have enough food, and that food insufficiency among children has risen over the summer. And as the coronavirus pandemic persists, we expect the need to increase as well.

St. Francis continues to deliver groceries to the poor and elderly in and around NYC. And our Diaper Drive and Baby Food Drive helped us provide even more desperately needed resources to our young struggling families.

Working together, we can get through this difficult period and come back even stronger. Our mission is made possible because of the generous support of our community - people like you. You can make a difference!
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