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The Long Island Catholic

As Published in the Long Island Catholic

October 27, 2010  Vol. 49, No. 27   MARY IAPALUCCI

In local stores, Christmas displays are ready to take the place of the Halloween items as retailers anxiously hope an early start might lead to a profitable holiday season. At food pantries and parish outreach offices around Long Island thoughts are also turning to Thanksgiving and Christmas and worries that there won’t be enough food to go around.

“I’m nervous about this year,” said Joseph Samodulski, director of human services at St. Ignatius Loyola parish, Hicksville. “We are absolutely blessed with generous parishioners and a generous community,” he said, but due to the struggling economy, “everyone is rolling their pennies on Thursday night.”

There has seen a huge increase in the number of people seeking assistance in the past few years. In September 2007, the parish outreach fed 292 people. This past September 2010, they fed 552 people, Samodulski said, noting that this increase occurred despite the fact that the pantry was open five days per week in 2007 and now is open only three days.

People who receive aid at St. Ignatius fall generally into four categories, said Samodulski. Undocumented immigrants make up a large percentage of the clientele. “These are the people who are busing our tables, washing our cars and mowing our lawns,” he said, but don’t make enough to feed their families.

Some of the clients are homeless people. “The homeless population of our clients has dwindled from 45 to about 12, because a lot of the people we used to see have died,” said Samodulski.

Two other groups are growing in numbers, according to Samodulski. Each month the parish assists between 35 and 45 senior citizen households, most living on fixed incomes.

The fastest growing group is the ostensibly middle class,” he said. “They have been laid off, downsized or outsourced. They have tuition and mortgage payments they can no longer afford because the primary or secondary wage earner or both have lost jobs.”

“While the numbers (of this group) are small in comparison (to the other groups) they have grown most quickly, almost double in the past year,” he added.

In Central Islip, Ana Sullivan, outreach coordinator at St. John of God parish, also reports an increase in the number of people seeking assistance. The parish sees about 350 families each month.

“This time of year the numbers increase,” said Sullivan, who came to St. John’s this past summer but has been looking at past figures to help prepare for this season. Last year they distributed about 200 baskets for Thanksgiving. “All people want to have more for a special holiday meal.”

“I am trying to be positive, but we have been short of food since July,” said Sullivan. “It is hard for me to tell people that we have to give them less food. We have to try to help as many as possible.”

On the positive side, Sullivan has already received a few calls from other parishes that are in a position to help provide holiday meals.

“Maybe we are going to make it,” she said. “Any help is welcome, particularly canned food and pasta, food that doesn’t go bad, that we can store for after the holidays.”

At St. Ignatius, Samodulski said the outreach is truly community based, both in its clients and its supporters. St. Stephen’s, a neighboring Evangelical Lutheran Church, has been running a yearlong food drive with its parishioners bringing different items each month to stock the pantry shelves. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church supports the St. Ignatius pantry financially. Samodulski worked with the local Methodist congregation to start a food pantry there that is open on one of the days St. Ignatius is closed.

A local Tae Kwon Do club holds a “Kick-a-thon” and, with the proceeds, fills 80 to 100 baskets. The Joseph Barry Knights of Columbus also provide a turkey or ham and all the trimmings for 60 families.

Samodulski encourages Scout groups, students who need community service hours and others who want to help to organize local food drives to keep the food pantries full.

 

HOLY FAMILY PARISH Food Pantry Needs FEBRUARY ;

Thank you for your faithful support of the pantry.
The items listed are our greatest need at this time. Your generous assistance is always greatly appreciated.
canned meat, bottled juice, mayonnaise, decaf coffee, brown & white rice
pasta sides, jelly, cooking oil, toothpaste & brushes canned fruit
ketchup, canned potatoes, aluminum foil, paper towels, napkins
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Division 11 A.O.H. Hunger Project

Ancient Order of HIBERNIANS
Division 11 Hicksville

Action  OHunger

Commodore John Barry AOH Div. 11 delivers to Hicksville Outreach and Human Services
In need of high protein Canned Meat is always needed, and more convenient items like Coffee are rarely get donated.

The Irish were intentionally starved out of their homes
as well as their Country.
This exodus caused by the Great  Hunger brought
millions of Irish people to the USA.
Many who made this journey survived but so many thousands did not.

The Irish Immigrant knew hunger as few others ever did. One of our major efforts under the HIBERNIAN HUNGER PROJECT is to help our local food pantries. No one in this country should want for food.
Or have their children go without the necessary nutrition.

If Possible Please Donate to the Food Pantries.

Every Cent you donate here through AOH Div.11 that is earmarked for the Food Pantry makes it to our Food Pantry. Unlike charities that have only a percentage of your donation make it to where it was intended.

Find it in your heart to donate something now.

Pick Up is Available for large donations 724-6821

In these challenging times, more and more people find themselves in need.

Remember: Food stamps cannot purchase household items.

Supermarket Gift Cards also appreciated.

Below are current Non-perishable Items ESPECIALLY needed:

WE NEED YOUR DONATION MORE THAN EVER….. Thank you.

Holy Family Outreach Center
March – April

Canned Meats, Canned Fruit, Tuna, Jelly, Rice,
Sugar, Beans, Pasta, Tomato Sauce

Coffee & Tea (Decaf/Regular),  Canned Potatoes, Peas, Pancake mix & Syrup,
Canned Fruits, Mayo, Juice, Salad Dressing, Cooking oil, Soups, Milk products,
dish detergent, hair Shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, tissues laundry detergent, napkins, paper towels, plastic wrap, waxed paper, aluminum foil, Tissues, toilet paper

Thank You for your support!  Sister Carol Radosti Coordinator, Parish Social Ministry

Monday to Thursday 10:30 to 2:45 – Thursday evening by appointment.

St. Ignatius Human Resources
March – April

IN NEED OF LARGE AMOUNT OF
RICE, BEANS, MEAT in Cans and TUNA
Please Donate or contact us for pickup!

Need Rice ..Canned Meat, Beans,  Whole Kernel Corn, Pancake Mix and Syrup, Fruit in Cans/Jars, Fruit Juice, Rice in Bags and Boxes, Chunky soups are always needed.  And many non food items are needed as well like Foil, Wax paper, Toothpaste and Toothbrushes, Shampoo, Diapers (size 1,2 & 5), soaps and detergents.

Saint Raphael Outreach Center
March – April

Thank you for helping to keep our Food Pantry stocked!
In these challenging times, more and more people find themselves in need.
Supermarket Gift Cards (left in Sunday collection basket) are greatly appreciated for perishables!
Items ESPECIALLY needed:

(NON-PERISHABLE ITEMS ONLY). INSTANT MASHED POTATOES, PORK & BEANS, COOKING OIL, CANNED SALMON, DISPOSABLE RAZORS, LAUNDRY, and DISH DETERGENT.

PLEASE DO NOT BRING ITEMS TO THE CONVENT / RECTORY.
LEAVE BY the ST. ANTHONY STATUE IN CHURCH.


Article reprinted from the “Long Island Catholic”

SAINT IGNATIUS FOOD PANTRY –

There has seen a huge increase in the number of people seeking assistance in the past few years. In September 2007, the parish outreach fed 292 people. This past September, they fed 552 people, Samodulski said, noting that this increase occurred despite the fact that the pantry was open five days per week in 2007 and now is open only three days.

People who receive aid at St. Ignatius fall generally into four categories, said Samodulski. Undocumented immigrants make up a large percentage of the clientele. “These are the people who are busing our tables, washing our cars and mowing our lawns,” he said, but don’t make enough to feed their families.

Some of the clients are homeless people. “The homeless population of our clients has dwindled from 45 to about 12, because a lot of the people we used to see have died,” said Samodulski.

Two other groups are growing in numbers, according to Samodulski. Each month the parish assists between 35 and 45 senior citizen households, most living on fixed incomes.

The fastest growing group is the ostensibly middle class,” he said. “They have been laid off, downsized or outsourced. They have tuition and mortgage payments they can no longer afford because the primary or secondary wage earner or both have lost jobs.”

“While the numbers (of this group) are small in comparison (to the other groups) they have grown most quickly, almost double in the past year,” he added.


Here is an article that was published about the food not getting to those people who need it. Also the food they have on hand and pay to store is not a variety of food needed by the pantries! …Note: The article in Newsday did not even address this point.

Pantries Bare while Food Banks Full


Saint Ignatius Social Service/Outreach Pantry,

Saint Ignatius Social Service/Outreach pantry
Thank you letter to the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 11 John Barry A.O.H. for the tons of food this year.
Over 2,000 lbs in the past season was delivered to the local outreach centers in Hicksville NY through Division 11.  That helped a lot as more than 1,495 distributions were made from the St. Ignatius center in November alone. And this number includes 692 Children and 510 households!



Reasons for Learning:
An Gorta Mor – The Great Hunger

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, America’s largest Irish Cultural organization, has assembled the information contained in this site to advance the understanding of An Gorta Mor – Ireland’s Great Hunger from 1845 through 1851 and beyond – a tragic time in world history whose impact has yet to be truly recognized. There are only two instances in history in which ethnic cleansing has been perpetrated against a people not as a reprisal for rebellion, civil strife nor political retaliation. Those two are the Holocaust and An Gorta Mor.

( Just Click Here for the full publication on the AOH National site)

Chicken Broth & Gravy, Coffee, Mayo, Mustard, Ketchuo, Parmalat, Feminine hygiene products, Shampoo, Bar Soap, Deoderant, Detergent, Paper Towels.