The councilman’s food drive will run throughout the Lenten season.
By Forum Staff
City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) recently announced that, during—and in observation of—the Lenten season, his office is organizing a food drive to support local pantries and families in need.
Ulrich’s office will collect donations for two food pantries at St. Mary Gate of Heaven Roman Catholic Church in Ozone Park, as well as St. Camillus-St. Virgilius Roman Catholic Church in Rockaway and Broad Channel respectively.
The Rev. Carlos Velasquez, pastor of St. Mary’s, and the Rev. Richard Ahlemeyer, pastor of St. Camillus, provided Ulrich with a list of food items that are needed at the churches’ pantries. Some of the donations requested include:
- Canned meats (chili with beans, corn beef hash, Vienna Sausages, tuna fish)
- Soup (chicken noodle soup)
- Pasta (Italian sauce, beef ravioli sauce, spaghetti and meatballs, macaroni and beef, boxes of macaroni and cheese)
- Canned vegetables (carrots, spinach, sweet peas, corn)
- Canned beans (kidney beans, baked beans)
- Boxed potatoes
- Canned fruit (peaches, pears, fruit cocktail)
- Peanut Butter
Throughout the Lenten season (Feb. 26 – April 9), residents may drop off any canned/non-perishable food donations at Ulrich’s Ozone Park district office (93-06 101st Ave.); or the Rockaway Park district office (114-12 Beach Channel Dr., Suite 1). Both district offices are open Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Donations will be delivered to the food pantries on a weekly basis, Ulrich noted.
For more information, call the councilman’s Ozone Park office at (718) 738-1083.