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Students at a Rego Park school are looking to help a local charity feed the hungry.

The Beacon program at J.H.S. 190 is holding a kosher food drive this Thursday, Oct. 22, to help the Masbia Soup Kitchen based in Rego Park, which has experienced a decrease in donations in recent weeks. The drive is part of the Afterschool Alliance’s 2015 “Lights on Afterschool” event.

For this year’s day of service, the Queens Community House — which sponsors the Beacon program at J.H.S. 190 — decided to join forces with Masbia Soup Kitchen.

“We wanted to show that our youth in after-school programs care about their community. We heard about what was happening and we decided to help,” program director Patrick Pinchinat said.

The Beacon program works to provide children ages 6 to 21 with valuable leadership skills, confidence and an interest in community service.

The students in the program at J.H.S 190 will be collecting kosher canned goods at their school, located at 68-17 Austin St., starting at 4 p.m. Thursday. Following the collection, the goods will be delivered to the Masbia Soup Kitchen on 98-08 Queens Blvd. Individuals are called to donate what they can to the drive and support those individuals within the community in need.

Those interested in volunteering or more information can contact Patrick Pinchant at 718-830-5233 or by email at


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