A gift of groceries

Montclaire Elementary families recently received fresh fruits, produce and food boxes thanks to Loaves & Fishes. The organization hosts Pop Up Food Share events at various locations, but this was the first time one was located at a school site.

“I met Tina Postel, executive director of Loaves & Fishes, at a health fair event. They were giving out food to families that qualified based on their income,” said Yasmine Young, CMS family and community engagement coordinator. “Knowing the needs of our families, I reached out to Tina to ask if they would offer their Pop Up Food Share to a school. She connected me to the Loaves & Fishes coordinator, Latoya Mallard. Within two months, we were able to offer it at Montclaire.” 

The food comes from the Emergency Food Assistance Program and administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is distributed to local agencies through Second Harvest Food Bank.

“Our goal is to provide groceries to our neighbors in need,” said Mallard. “Montclaire families received healthy and nutritious foods because of this new partnership.”

The event served 62 households and/or 268 individuals. In addition, the Queens University girls’ soccer team organized the food, distribution and loading of the vehicles that drove through. The pop up will continue once per quarter at the school with the hope of expansion to other schools.