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On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters held its Annual "St. Patrick's Day Luncheon" presented by Macy's as part of their Bag Hunger month. Guests at a Community Senior Center in Midtown Manhattan were treated to traditional Irish fare and the entertaining atmosphere of fellowship.

The menu of corned beef with mustard (or turkey with gravy), cabbage and boiled potatoes was enjoyed, followed by a dessert of green-iced cupcakes. Scott, our charismatic Leprechaun-for-the-Day, walked around the party with a "pot of gold" and handed out bundles of gold (chocolate) coins to everyone.

Volunteers from Macy's not only helped to serve this meal to the seniors in attendance, they also sat down to dine and converse with them. This display of togetherness was greatly appreciated by everyone who was in attendance.

Thank you to Sister Elizabeth Hasselt, Sister Lillian and Elvira Yanes from Encore Community Services for graciously helping to coordinate this festive effort. Also to everyone at Macy's who made this party possible - we're "lucky" to have you!

It's time to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! The Macy's team and Scott are ready to get this party started.

Our guests have arrived! "Say cheese!"

This group of ladies is having a wonderful time. Hi, Macy's crew!

Now, it's time to eat - lunch is served! It is always the right time for a card trick or two.

Bob W. of St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters with Elvira Yanes of Encore Community Services.
No St. Patrick's Day themed party would be complete without a pot of gold!
...Or without delicious cupcakes for dessert!
Juan Cruz (Encore's incredible Chef!) with two Macy's volunteers.
"Thank you for this day and for the food!"