FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 30, 2020
Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens to Distribute Bags of Food in Elmhurst, Queens One of the Hardest Hit Communities Impacted by COVID-19
WHAT: Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens will distribute more than 11,000 meals at an Emergency Pop-Up Food Distribution event in Queens tomorrow, Friday, May 1, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church located at 87-34 Whitney Avenue in Elmhurst, a community severely impacted early on by the COVID-19 pandemic and blocks away from Elmhurst Hospital.
At the conclusion of tomorrow’s event, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens will have provided over 40,300 meals at emergency Pop-Up Food Distributions in Brooklyn and Queens over the past three and a half weeks.
Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens continue to offer assistance to families in this and other impoverished immigrant neighborhoods by setting up these pop-up food pantries, providing access to supportive services via their call center, and to behavioral health services via tele-health. In addition, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens are also providing over 100,000 meals at our food pantries in both boroughs, seeing a 100 percent increase in demand for food at our existing food pantries.
According to the New York City Department of Health, as of April 28, Queens has 49,559 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 4,817 reported deaths, the most in New York City. Brooklyn and Queens account for nearly 60 percent of all COVID-19 cases in the New York metropolitan area. Elmhurst is one of the most ethnically diverse zip codes in the United States.
The Emergency Pop-Up Food Distribution is organized and funded by Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens as a direct response to our neighbors in need in both boroughs. To help, donate to Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens at www.ccbq.org.