From Left to Right: Rev. Msgr. Denis Herron, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Lorraine Miles President of St. Teresa Food Pantry and Norberto Saldada, Saint Vincent de Paul District Council President of Queens. Foto cortesía

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer began distributing collected canned goods from his first Holiday Food Drive just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. In just two weeks, community members and business owners displayed their generosity by donating over 400 canned goods and non-perishable food items to help local pantries supply food for families in need this holiday season. From boxes of stuffing to cranberry sauce, thanks to the generous community response Council Member Van Bramer made an early Thanksgiving delivery to Saint Teresa’s Food Pantry in Woodside.

Saint Teresa’s food pantry serves over 90 families every week, providing fresh produce, vegetables and essential canned goods to help families make ends meet. In addition to the canned goods donation from Council Member Van Bramer’s Holiday Food Drive, local support from Associate Food Market and Foodtown in Sunnyside brought turkeys, chicken, pork and even $10 food vouchers to the special holiday distribution at Saint Teresa’s.

Council Member Van Bramer’s Holiday Food Drive will continue to run until the end of the Holiday Season. Donations can be dropped off at the District Office on 47-01 Queens Blvd. Suite 205 Sunnyside, NY 11104 (Monday-Friday) or at a participating Queens Library Location until Friday, December 10th. As donations are received distribution efforts will continue, helping to provide much needed food to local food pantries throughout the 26th District.

“Economic hardship should never lead to hunger in our communities,” said Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer. “Thanks to the generous outpouring of support from our community members and local businesses we were able to provide a local food pantry with much needed resources earlier than expected – just in time for Thanksgiving. I would like to thank our active community, for without whom today’s donation would not have been possible.”