Bare Shelves at Glendale Pantry

Public Appeal For Donated Food

Local elected officials and businesses are pitching in to help supply a Glendale church’s food pantry that’s running low due to high demand.

Sacred Heart Church’s pantry, run out of the parish convent at 77-05 84th St., has been near bare for about six months, according to State Sen. Joseph Addabbo and Assemblyman Mike Miller, who are teaming up for an ongoing food drive to support the charity.

“The Sacred Heart food pantry has helped struggling individuals and families for years, and it’s important that as a community, we work together to keep their stock plentiful,” Addabbo said. When we are in the position to do so, it is important to help those less fortunate.”

“The Sacred Heart food pantry has helped dozens of families in need in our community,” Miller added. “Because of this, it is vitally important for all of us to help them with their mission. After all, giving makes for a better living.”

Led by Sr. Margaret Raibaldi, the church’s pastoral associate, the pantry provides food free of charge to families in need in and around Sacred Heart Parish. Though the church regularly requests donations, little has been forthcoming-but families reportedly continue to seek the pantry’s assistance in high numbers.

Any and all food donations are being accepted, including nonperishable items such as canned meats and vegetables, cereal and pasta. Frozen foods and foods which require refrigeration, such as butter, are also sought.

Addabbo noted the pantry also welcomes donations of toiletries such as soap, toothpaste and shampoo and cleaning items including dishwashing detergent and spray cleaners. Gift cards are also accepted, as pantry workers can use the funds to purchase items.

Donations may be brought directly to the Sacred Heart Pantry on Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. They may also be dropped off at the following locations during normal business hours:

– Addabbo’s Middle Village office, 66-85 73rd Pl. (for more information, call 1-718-497-1630);

– Miller’s Woodhaven office, 83- 91 Woodhaven Blvd. (1-718-805-0950);

– Cook’s Arts & Crafts, 80-09 Myrtle Ave., Glendale (1-718-366- 6085); and

– Century 21 Amiable 2 Realty Group, 69-39 Myrtle Ave., Glendale (1-718-628-4700).

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