St. John’s Turns Out For Community Solidarity
Almost 20 St. John’s volunteers turned out to help at Community Solidarity’s Huntington Station food share on October 25th. Working side by side, we experienced firsthand the continuing dire need for food support in our area. As we sorted massive amounts of donated fresh food and packed boxes alongside the lines of cars and walkers waiting patiently for the distribution to begin, it was impossible not to be moved. The community spirit was beautiful, but the extreme need was heartbreaking. Every car had held a story: young and old, families (many multi-generational), couples, singles, and a wide range of cultures and ethnicities. Several cars doubled as homes.
Over 500 people were served that night. According to Jon Stepanian, head of Community Solidarity, the numbers appear to be rising going into winter. He cited the current inflationary economy and post-pandemic housing crisis as two of the main reasons, along with ongoing issues related to illness and employment. Seniors in particular are experiencing financial hardship right now, with many having reverse mortgages that they cannot afford.
Thank you to Cathie Wardell, Gina Jacobsen, Warren Mazek, Stacey Parks, Ellen, and Jon Hatch, Mary Gay and Jamie Townsend, the Bonventre, Pollach, and Dennehy families for your energetic help (and to some of you for returning the following week)! We have promised Community Solidarity a sustained St. John’s presence. Volunteers are welcome any Tuesday night — hope you’ll join us!
If you are interested in learning more, please contact Laura Swiggett, [email protected]
October 2022 Community Solidarity