For nearly a year-and-a-half The Momentum Project has been fighting food insecurity in the community by supplying a weekly free hot lunch and food pantry at St. John the Evangelist on Fridays from 12 p.m.–3 p.m. This much needed service is threatened, primarily affecting the food pantry, as Momentum recently lost a major funder. They still feed 120 people lunch every Friday; however the food pantry has gone from weekly to once a month.
“We at St. John still feel this is a valuable service for our neighbors. We’re looking for both funding and donations of food in order to provide the food pantry as normal,” said Father Jason Tauber, pastor of St. John the Evangelist. The donations can be given directly to St. John (195 Maujer St. between Humboldt and Graham). Monetary donations can be in the form of cash or check (payable to St. John Lutheran Church). Requested food donations would be mainly nonperishable items: cans need to be free of dents and unexpired to comply with health code regulations. St. John’s has very limited freezer space, but can also accept meat and fresh produce in small quantities.
Donations can be dropped off at 195 Maujer St: during office hours (Tuesday to Friday 10-1); while the pantry is open (Friday 12-3); or Sunday mornings (8am-12pm). To make special arrangements call the church office (718-963-2100). Tax receipts are available for all donations. If any students wish to organize a collection drive Father Jason will sign school volunteer hours.