I’ve been thinking a lot about the pending SNAP cuts that will affect more than 70,000 New Yorkers. All of us in the emergency food world know what kind of impact that will have on those we serve. How will we meet the demand at Bread and Life? Will we have enough to meet the need? In Brooklyn alone the number of people affected is staggering. As I begin my Lenten journey this week I am reminded of the gospel of the multiplication of the fishes and loaves; a few fish that went to feed thousands. How can I make this a reality at my own agency? How can I personally make a difference? Is there some way to put my faith into action?
As the Executive Director of one of the largest emergency food programs in the city I am worried that more and more people will go hungry. For the next 40 days I will give thanks to God for the blessings in my life and mindful that others aren’t as fortunate. I want the world of Catherine McAuley to echo in my heart each day: “Those who struggle need us now, not tomorrow or next week. Next week might be too late.”
Join me in making a difference this Lent. Please consider donating one or more meals and put your faith into action. Together we can give hope to those in greatest need.
Sr. Caroline Tweedy, RSM