In Maspeth, the food pantry at Transfiguration-St. Stanislaus Kostka is run by the St. Vincent de Paul Society. For several weeks, they have collected non-perishable food items, such as peanut butter and jelly, tuna, macaroni and cheese, tomato sauces, pasta and canned soups. Donations have been brought to the rectory for processing, which includes a thorough cleaning before being stored.
Pictured here is Jim Regan, Executive Director of neighbor Martin Luther School, who stopped by to donate food and supplies to the pantry.
Reverend Monsignor Joseph Calise, pastor of Transfiguration-St. Stanislaus Kostka, said in an interview that the food donation efforts are “going very well.” “We put the word out and people responded,” he said. “There’s always going to be that need.” Calise noted that he has seen an increased need for food, largely because so many people are out of work due to the economic shutdown. “Even people outside of the community are asking for help,” he said.
While the food pantry is still accepting donations, Calise said there’s “only a certain amount” of space for storage. He said community members can help by giving gift cards and gift certificates to local grocery stores like Key Food or Food Town in $10 or $25 increments, which offers flexibility. “We can give people more than one gift card,” he said.