On the evening of Holy Thursday, food was given out by Cardinal Dolan and the Catholic Charities of New York to those in need.
Church of Saint Joseph of the Holy Family Monsignor Kevin Sullivan also attended the event.
“The demands on our program, not only on Holy Thursday, not only here in Harlem, but around New York City and throughout the metropolitan area, is significantly larger than usual,” Sullivan said.
There were 350 people in the neighborhood who received food from the Church of Saint Joseph of the Holy Family’s distribution center.
Lizza Oliver, a resident of Harlem, stated, “It’s too expensive in the grocery and I don’t get food stamps and this will assist me a lot.” I’d say “at least two weeks.”
The holiest days before Easter were also marked by a blessing from Cardinal Dolan.
“As a matter of personal tradition, I feel obligated to join Catholic Charities on Holy Thursday at a location where they distribute meals in honor of The Last Supper. This is something they do every day.
As Jesus set such a wonderful example for us when he washed the feet of his 12 apostles during a dinner with his disciples, we too hope to serve the magnificent people of our community with the utmost humility “According to Cardinal Dolan.
The pantry serves an average of 500 families twice a month, making it one of the city’s longest continuously running food banks.
Volunteer Cheryl Jenkins shared, “It makes me feel good and simple to interact with folks and just to know they’ll have food for a beautiful Easter supper.”
Anybody in need can use the services, regardless of their faith, immigration status, or place of birth.
This annual celebration draws attention to Catholic Charities’ year-round efforts to provide holistic support to persons in need across New York City and the lower Hudson Valley.
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