BENEFITING: Saint Peter's Episcopal Church
For 35 years The Food Pantry at St. Peter's Chelsea has provided food to people in need. Drop by the pantry on a Saturday morning, talk with those lined up to receive groceries, and you will meet an incredible cross-section of New Yorkers: women, men, children, seniors, people with disabilities, longtime residents and recent arrivals. The pantry serves working people, people looking for work, retirees, and students.
Everyone who visits the Pantry is different, but every one of them is in need. Across the five boroughs, more than 1.4 million people rely on food pantries and soup kitchens, and for the past two years, we were one of only a handful that kept its doors open year round.
On a typical week, between 250 and 400 people come to The Food Pantry at St. Peter’s seeking groceries; in 2015, we distributed over 24,000 bags of food.
As demand—driven by unemployment, low wages, and the high cost of healthcare and housing—continues to rise, we at the Food Pantry are struggling to keep up. Too often, our shelves have gone bare. And with cuts to SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) set to take effect May 1, we expect the line outside our door to grow even longer.
We’re devoted to helping the most vulnerable feed themselves and their families, and we’re asking for your help so we can keep doing it.
Whatever you can give is appreciated and no amount is too small. For every $1 you provide, we can donate five meals to a New Yorker in need.
Be a good neighbor. Be a good friend. Join us.