Charitable Activity of Marth Mariam Samajam Rockland & Upstate New York Area
The Marth Mariam Samajam Rockland & Upstate New York Area, of the
Northeast American Diocese, decided to work along with "People to
People" of Nanuet.
Area Coordinator, Mrs. Alice Thukalil, and Area Representative, Mrs.
Lipsy Mathews facilitated and coordinated efforts for this.
They chose a program designed to alleviate childhood hunger in
Rockland County by providing at-risk children with weekend food. The
Program provides bags filled with child-friendly, nutritious, easy to
prepare, shelf-stable food. Bags are discreetly distributed to
participating children on Fridays. Children in need receive healthy
breakfast and lunch at school through federally funded programs.
However many of these children live in food insecure households where
weekend meals may not be available. 95% of the children who attend
these programs are at or below the federal poverty level. The majority
of them have parents who are working poor.
The parishes of Rockland & Upstate New York area collected the money
and shopped for items. On Sunday, May 18, 2014, the members of the
various parishes in the area, met at St. Mary's Orthodox Church of
Suffern, New York. Marth Mariam Samajam members diligently packed the
bags according to the specifications of "People to People".
Bag Contents Included:
- Oatmeal (2 packs) or single serving Cereal (1 box)
- 1 cereal bar or graham crackers
- Spaghetti & meatballs or tuna (1 can)
- Macaroni & cheese (1 box)
- 1 shelf stable milk (plain)
- 1 shelf stable milk (chocolate)
- 1 juice box
Chips or cookies (1 pack)
- 1 fresh fruit & 1 fruit cup
100 such bags were filled. The packed bags were delivered to the
office of People to People by the Marth Mariam Samajam members the
next day. The officials of People to People welcomed us with great
enthusiasm and expressed their gratitude towards the Regional Group
and to the Northeast Diocese.
News Item provided by Dr. Ammukutty Paulose, Charity Coordinator of
the Marth Mariam Samajam Ministry of the Northeast American Diocese.
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