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Mets to host annual food drive at Citi Field

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Next weekend, Mets fans will have a chance to enjoy a ballgame and support those in need at Citi Field.

On Friday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 1, between 5 and 7:30 p.m., the Mets will be hosting their annual food drive for The River Fund New York. Fans who donate 10 or more items of nonperishable food will receive vouchers for one pair of tickets to a Mets home game in 2015.

Some of the most needed items are canned fruit, vegetables, plastic jars of peanut butter, packages of hot or cold cereal, and packages of macaroni and cheese. Items that won’t be accepted are unlabeled, expired, or dented cans; any open packages; products that need to be refrigerated; and any homemade food.

Mets personnel and wives of Mets players will be collecting food outside the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, Left Field Gate, and Bullpen Plaza. The donation drive takes place prior to the Mets games against their division rivals, the Washington Nationals.


Flushing Letter Carriers collect food for annual drive

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The Flushing Letter Carriers will be doing their part to help the hungry as part of the annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) food drive on Saturday, May 9.

To take part in the food drive, residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag with non-perishable foods near their mailbox to be collected during their regular mail delivery on Saturday. The NALC had suggestions for what kind of food to leave, including peanut butter, rice, cereal, pasta and many canned options such as soup, vegetables, meats and fish.

This year will mark the 23rd time that the NALC will hold the food drive, which takes place every year on the second Sunday in May. According to the organization, it is the largest single-day food drive in the nation, with letter carriers in 10,000 cities and towns taking part in all 50 states.

Letter carriers will bring the collected food to local food banks, pantries and shelters. The NALC says that springtime is a crucial point for many hungry families, as food pantries filled courtesy of winter-holiday generosity are usually bare by this time of year.

“Letter carriers are honored to be able to help people in need,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “On a daily basis we see the needs in the communities we serve, and we believe it’s important to help meet those needs.”


Thanksgiving food drive benefits veterans in Queens

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Photo courtesy of Councilman Eric Ulrich's office

Elected officials and veteran organizations are giving thanks this Thanksgiving by serving those who have served the country.

In Queens, Councilman Eric Ulrich, chair of the veterans committee, opened his doors to collect goods for a food drive for veterans that has been taking place citywide since Nov. 10.

The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #32, located in Whitestone, joined the councilman in helping those less fortunate who’ve served the country. They have donated hundreds of dollars’ worth of food to the drive and have done their own collection for veteran food pantries and kitchens.

“If you served our country in any shape or form and need help we want to do so,” said Paul Narson, president of the chapter.

All of the food that has been collected by the chapter will be given to Ulrich to then distribute as part of the food drive. Most of the food collected by the organization has been donated from its 252 members in Queens, said Narson.

Moreover, the chapter has also donated 16 turkeys to food pantries around Middle Village and Glendale.

It’s the least they can do for those brave men and women who sacrifice their lives to protect America’s freedom, noted Narson, who has been a member of the chapter for 25 years.

“We try to do all sorts of things for veterans,” he said. “We help out whenever we can.”

Close to 30 percent of New York City’s veterans and their families rely on emergency food to get by, according to the New York City Food Bank.


Jackson Heights Girl Scouts give back for the holidays

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Photo Courtesy Sylvia Cho-Yu

It’s never too young to start giving back.

Members from the Junior Girl Scouts Troop 4208 in Jackson Heights, ages 10 and 11,  got together on Saturday at St. Marks Church, at 33-50 82nd Street, to distribute handmade holiday food baskets. The girls also restocked the church’s food pantry with food collected by seven other Girl Scouts troops from their family, friends, and supporters, which will help the needy during the holiday season.

Working towards their Bronze Award, with the focus on fighting hunger in their community, 10 girls from Troop 4208 distributed the food baskets.

One week before Saturday’s event the group hosted a food drive event for all the Girl Scouts in the neighborhood, including six other troops, at the Community Methodist Church at 81-10 35th Avenue. About 75 girls attended the food drive which hoped to fill up the food pantry in time for the holidays.

The food collected was mostly donated by Girl Scouts and their friends and families, as well as from people in their buildings. The event collected six shopping carts full of food and made up 35 holiday baskets to give to families.



Care fair collects for Sandy relief

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The relief efforts continue for those left in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

EmblemHealth has been doing its part in collecting and transporting donations, and continued to do so during its Care Fair on Saturday, November 17.

“It’s all about the neighborhood and our neighbors,” said David Flemister, director of community marketing for EmblemHealth. “We’re from New York and for New York, so we’re doing our part.”

Members of the organization went door-to-door throughout Cambria Heights, recruiting the help of local businesses and getting the word out to residents that they were collecting. The Farmbria Food Center in Jamaica has been especially helpful, according to Flemister, contributing food donations and working heavily towards relief efforts.

Towards Saturday evening, the group had collected roughly 30 large boxes filled with cleaning supplies, canned goods, diapers, blankets, clothes and more at the Cambria Heights Medical Office site on Linden Boulevard. Goods were then shipped to the Rockaways.

Some people even went to local Kmart stores and pharmacies, bought new blankets and medicine, and donated their purchases, said Flemister.

“Communities [that] need help, it’s our responsibility to do so,” he said.

Before Saturday’s event, EmblemHealth teamed up with other local organizations to collect and sort donations, and has been working with City Harvest, collecting bags of food. In the upcoming weeks, they plan on coordinating with Meals on Wheels to deliver food to disaster-stricken areas.

“We’re always out in the community, but this was special,” said Flemister. “It was really spectacular.”

How to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Hurricane Sandy wrecked havoc throughout New York city, downing trees, flooding streets and knocking out power, though some neighborhoods received a greater brunt of the devastation.

Those that made it out relatively unscathed have now sprung to action to help neighbors who were not as fortunate.

Here’s a list of ways to help:

  • For those that would like to volunteer, email nycservice@cityhall.nyc.gov with your name, email address and borough. There will be ways to volunteer today and over the next week as opportunities arise.
  • Click here to volunteer at a Queens park cleanup.
  • To donate blood visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To give blood, you must be at least 17, meet weight and height requirements and be in general good health.
  • The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City is accepting financial donations for those that would like to donate money to support relief efforts.
  • Councilmember Peter Koo’s office will be collecting new blankets, slightly used clean coats in good condition and non-perishable food items at his district office, 135-27 38th Avenue, Suite 388, Flushing, and the phone number is 718-888-8747.
  • Assemblymember Rory Lancman and candidate Nily Rozic are sponsoring a food and supplies drive and will be accepting donations in the form of unopened nonperishable food and new and used clothing in good condition daily between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. until the end of the week at Lancman’s district office at 159-16 Union Turnpike, Suite 210 in Hillcrest. If you are unable to drop off donations during these hours, food and clothing will be accepted at other times through pickup by calling Lancman’s office at 718-820-0241 or Rozic’s campaign office at 646-389-6459. Lancman’s office will also be issuing free Shabbos meals for Hillcrest families in need; you can call his office for details.
  • Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley’s office is working with Atlas Park to gather donations of canned foods, clothes, and cleanup supplies. Drop off is 8000 Cooper Avenue at the former Borders Bookstore site in Glendale. Donations can be dropped off between 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Sunday.
  • Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer is collecting water, food, blankets, warm clothes, batteries and cell phone chargers at his district office, 47-01 Queens Boulevard, Suite 205, Sunnyside. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. The office will also be open  Saturday, November 3 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., is a drop-off location for hurricane donations, noon – 5 p.m., for as long as needed.
  • The NYPD will collect non-perishable food, clothing, and other donations in the parking lot of 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard in Jamaica. Officers will be accepting the donations daily from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Money cannot be accepted. Anyone who wants to give is urged to donate canned goods, canned milk, bottled water and other non-perishables; paper products, personal and baby care products, trash bags, cleaning products, linens and towels, flash lights, batteries; clothing for colder weather.
  • The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association is collecting blankets, shirts, socks, sweaters, jackets, old sneakers, non-perishable food, pet food, cat food, dog food at 84-20 Jamaica Avenue.

Local official team up to help during Holiday Toy, Coat and Food Drive

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Photo Courtesy of Councilmember James Gennaro

A joint effort across eastern Queens is attempting to provide children and their families with warm bodies, full stomachs and plenty of presents to open on Christmas.

Councilmember James Gennaro united with New York Cares service events manager Joseph Salas, Marine Corps Staff Sergeants Daniel Sweeney and David Bonney of the Sixth Communications Battalion and other community leaders on December 2 to initiate his annual Holiday Toy, Coat and Food Drive.

“It seems like this is the least we can do, particularly when times are very tough,” said Gennaro, whose drive will last through December 16. “We feel the people who give get more out of it than those who receive.”

During the event, the Marines delivered collection boxes for their Toys for Tots program to the councilmember’s office, where coats are also being gathered for donation to New York Cares.

“I’d like to thank the councilmember for his continued support,” said Salas. “We have partnered with the councilmember for quite a few years and to see the continued support is inspiring.”

Food is also being collected at Gennaro’s office, located at 185-10 Union Turnpike in Fresh Meadows, for donation to St. Nicholas of Tolentine Roman Catholic Church in Jamaica and the Samuel Field Y in Little Neck.

“Even in these very difficult and challenging times, it’s very comforting and reassuring to know our community is a responsive, caring community and our elected officials take a role in making sure needs are met,” said Steven Goodman, executive vice president of the Samuel Field Y.

Along with Gennaro’s office, donations can also be made at Senator Toby Ann Stavisky’s office, located 144-36 Willets Point Boulevard in Flushing, Assemblymember Rory Lancman’s office, at 159-16 Union Turnpike in Hillcrest, or the headquarters of Community Board 8, located at 197-15 Hillside Avenue in Hollis.

G-COP/104COP donates food to local pantries

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos Courtesy G-COP/104COP

Members of the Glendale/104th Precinct Civilian Observation Patrol (G-COP/104COP) delivered non-perishable food to the Sacred Heart Food Pantry during their Thanksgiving Food Drive.

The Sacred Heart Food pantry serves over 100 needy families in the parishes of Sacred Heart and Saint Pancras.

For more information on how you can make a donation, contact Sister Margaret or Loretta at the Sacred Heart Parish Ministry at 718-821-3285.

To join G-COP/104COP, call 718-497-1500, or to fill out an online application, go to www104COP.org

Southwest Rotary Club ‘stuffs’ bus for a good cause

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THE COURIER/Photos by Melissa Chan. The Rotary Club of Southwest Queens collected enough nonperishable foods to “stuff” this bus.

The school bus was stuffed and ready to go, only its passengers weren’t students — they were boxes of Cheerios and cans of Campbell’s soups.

During its second annual food drive on Saturday, November 5, the Rotary Club of southwest Queens parked outside of Waldbaum’s on Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach for a full day of collecting nonperishable foods for a local food pantry.

The “Stuff the Bus” event took place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., when Rotary Club members were on hand to encourage shoppers to drop off bags of food or donate cash and gift certificates as they left the supermarket. All proceeds were donated to Our Lady of Grace Ministry of Care Services food pantry in Howard Beach.

Rotary Club President Frances Scarantino said the local food pantry greatly needed to be replenished.

“They’re very, very low on food to give to those who need it, especially during the holiday season,” she said. “When we go to the food pantry, we see that the shelves are empty. Our heart breaks for those people who can’t afford a basic need like food. We feel great about being able to put food on the table for them.”

Scarantino said the bus was stuffed for the second year in a row. Aside from the food collected, the Rotary Club raised $185 in cash and gift certificates.