Tuesday - 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Our Food Pantry Ministry Reflections
Hollis Avenue Congregational Church, UCC food pantry started as a food drive in 1981. Members and friends dropped food in a basket at the door. Thanksgiving and other special days food was brought to the altar.
The food pantry expanded and we started receiving food from the food bank. We have grown from serving our clients from a small area to a Fellowship thirty-five feet by seventy feet. Today we partnership with the following friends and organizations;
- Food Bank City Harvest
- United Way Members and Friends
- Whole Food Schools
- Libraries Privates Sources
The food pantry provided in 2017 bags of grocery for over 860 families, which included enough for over 859,000 meals. A client can receive food twice a month. We strive to provide well-packed bags of food each week.
If you visit us on any Tuesday, do not be surprised if you hear laughter, for it truly is a fun working environment. Every week people tell us what a great thing this church is doing and how much they appreciate what we do and the way they are treated. I think that is what this ministry is about – whether it is getting food, clothing, or just having someone listen. We want people to feel better after coming here. I find every year that the people who serve in this ministry do so because they want to help others. We are still here because there is still a need and because we have people willing to help address the need.
May God bless our volunteers (appx 16)
There is no shame in asking for help. Life circumstances sometimes create times of need. No one should have to go hungry.
The Food Pantry is open from 11am-1am on the Tuesday of every week. Anyone in need is welcome. If you need assistance in an emergency, before this date, please contact our church office or leave a voicemail at (718) 468-1498 to make arrangements. We are very sensitive to people's privacy and will do whatever we can to ensure anonymity of recipients.????
Food Items (unexpired non-perishable items) are accepted at all times; Donations can be dropped off at the church
Financial Support is appreciated for us to be able to purchase low inventory items Food Pantry is a ministry of the Hollis Avenue Church, UCC and your financial donation is tax deductible.
On days that the pantry is open, we need assistance with getting ready, greeting clients and cleaning up. These are just a few of the tasks that require assistance:
- Friday - Receive food 8am – 4pm
- Monday - set-up at 9am
- Tuesday - Lunch 10:30 am before duty
- Tuesday - 9-11am staffing the pantry
- Tuesday - greeting clients when they arrive at 11am -1pm
- Tuesday - clean-up at 1pm until
- Receive food or any goods on any other day
Other opportunities include
- publicity & fund raising
- organizing food donations
___Volunteers donate clothes on a weekly basis. The clothes are displayed and the clients receive the clothes they desire.