With the holidays just around the corner, the Greenpoint Reformed Church has seen an increase in the number of hungry people visiting its food pantry. The pantry, which provides fresh chickens from a local poultry market, serves about 200-250 people a week. Sometimes, even more than that. During the month of October, the pantry gave out more than 2000 bags of groceries.
“We’ve definitely seen an increase in people,” said Krystle Glass, the church’s representative from AmeriCorps VISTA. “There are new faces every week.”
Many of the patrons have noticed the increase as well.
“It seems like people more people are coming every week,” said one man, who identified himself as Paul. “And it seems like they’re lining up earlier and earlier.”
The food pantry hands out groceries from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday. Often times, people begin lining up as early as 1 p.m.
If you’re interested in helping out, just show up at the church around 2 p.m. – there are no requirements for volunteers. If you can’t donate your time, you can make a monetary donation through the church’s website.