Catholic churches organize food drives to help those struggling with food insecurity amid the pandemic

Organizers at Assumption Church in Peekskill say they hope to distribute over 500 boxes of food donated by the community.

News 12 Staff

Jun 12, 2020, 3:00 PM

Updated 1,442 days ago

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Catholic Charities Community Services hosted pop-up food distributions at two locations in the Hudson Valley today.
Dozens of people in need were able to stop by the churches in Ossining and Peekskill to get boxes of fresh produce and canned goods. Volunteers were also on hand to provide immigration services and health screenings.
Organizers at Assumption Church in Peekskill distributed over 500 boxes of food donated by the community in an effort to help those struggling with food insecurity amid the pandemic.
Peekskill resident Stanley Foy says the pandemic hit him hard, so he’s grateful for the church’s assistance.
“Because of the coronavirus, over the past couple of months, it’s affected my income, my way of life,” says Foy. “Very, very thankful...this is much appreciated and needed.”
Father Sanchez tells News 12 the pop-up isn't a one-time event and that the congregation helps out every week. 
Each Monday at 5 p.m., the organization gives out 200 bags of food. On weekends, they have volunteers to cook for people and distribute more than 200 meals each weekend.
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