Ridgewood church hands out 200 Thanksgiving meals with help from the community

Photos via Facebook/All Saints American Old Saints Community

A Ridgewood church went the extra mile to make sure that no one would go hungry this past Thanksgiving.

Volunteers from across the neighborhood came together at All Saints American Old Catholic Community to put together an unforgettable Thanksgiving meal for those in need.

“This is our third year putting together a Thanksgiving meal,” said Father Mike Lopez, the church’s pastor. “We had a number of volunteers, including high school students, members of St. Mary & St. Antonio’s Coptic Orthodox church, and others from our parish. It really was a combined effort.”

This year, All Saints American Old Catholic Community were able to expand their efforts with the Hungry Monk Rescue Truck, a re-purposed ambulance that helps the church expand their community outreach to those who don’t know about their services.

“With the Hungry Monk Rescue Truck, we distributed 100 meals in Woodside, Sunnyside and Bushwick,” said Lopez. “We brought sandwiches, soup, fruit, sweets and water to the homeless while we served a hot meal at the church.”

Thanks to 60 extra turkeys donated by Trader Joe’s, All Saints American Old Catholic Community was also able to hand out additional turkeys to families in need.

All Saints American Old Catholic Community is always looking for volunteers to help them reach the community.

“We continue to seek volunteers who want to help us in our outreach and to help families in need,” said Father Lopez. “If you’re aware of a family in need or a way to reach out, tell us. We’re happy to go out.”

For more information about volunteering with All Saints American Old Catholic Community, visit www.allsaintsicc.org.