The North Brooklyn Angels led by Ryan Kuonen dedicated Most Holy Trinity Church (in the parking lot on Johnson Avenue and Graham Avenue) as their additional Friday site. Here they’ll serve free hot lunches Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church will still serve lunches on Fridays, but directly from the church’s parish hall kitchen instead of the Angelmobile. The Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church has donated the use of this kitchen as the Angels’ home base. So to serve lunch from here on Fridays, frees the Angelmobile to serve more people at Most Holy Trinity. The Angels aim to serve 1000 lunches a week combined from all their sites.
Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Father Jose Guadalupe Matus Castillo Conv. OFM of Most Holy Trinity Church started the dedication off by reading a blessing. Then Father Jose blessed the truck, the site, and those attending with holy water.
Council Member Antonio Reynoso was there to applaud this new addition for the Angelmobile. “A lot don’t have the access to cook, especially if they are homeless. It’s great to have this opportunity in addition to the food pantry.
Those lined up to get lunch also received some fresh vegetables from the GrowNYC partnership with the North Brooklyn Angels. The McCarren Park and South Williamsburg greenmarkets give them the remainders from their weekly markets. They use some of the produce to cook with and distribute the rest to those coming for lunch.
As the surrounding neighborhood is home to many who struggle with hunger. Sister Victoria Kamungu was very pleased to welcome the Angelmobile. She manages the food pantry of Trinity Human Services Corp. and is thankful for this additional way to serve the neighborhood’s hungry. The food pantry is open every Tuesday–Friday from 9 a.m.–12pm then restarts at 1 p.m.–4 p.m. The amount of food given out depends on household size and provides food enough for three meals a day for three days.
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