The Castellana Foundation raises $15,000 with Western Beef customers for Red Cross hurricane relief efforts

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The Castellana Foundation, Cactus Holdings, subsidiary Western Beef and Peter Castellana III on behalf of the Castellana family is proud to announce the conclusion of a successful fundraising campaign for the Red Cross‘s hurricane relief efforts. This year, The Castellana Foundation, via Western Beef in collaboration with their customers raised $15,000 for the Red Cross’s hurricane relief efforts. For every dollar raised by Western Beef’s customers, The Castellana Foundation–Western Beef’s charity organization–matched it. The collaboration also crossed into the political sphere by partnering with Senator Joe Addabbo of the 15th district. The accumulation of the fundraiser took place at Western Beef’s 22nd Annual BBQ at their headquarters in Ridgewood, Queens.

Western Beef / Cactus Holdings 22nd Annual Employee Appreciation BBQ from Cactus Holdings on Vimeo.

The even was attended by over 1,000 attendees and dozens of vendors ranging from the United States Marines to Pepsi. During the even, with the a Red Cross team in attendance, with an emergency vehicle on full display, took the stage and informed the crowd of the successful campaign they had conducted. All of the proceeds were donated to the Red Cross and will be used for supporting all the communities affected by the 2017 hurricane cycle, many of which share a connection with the customers of Western Beef.
Western Beef is grateful to have the opportunity to work with the Red Cross on a cause that is so important to our customers and Western Beef. For more information please follow the American Red Cross on their various social media channels, blogs and websites:

The Castellana Foundation supports The Obbayo Children’s Foundation

obbayo-bags-300x200The Castellana Foundation, Cactus Holdings, subsidiary Western Beef, and Peter Castellana III on behalf of the Castellana family proudly supports The Obbayo Foundation of Hightstown, NJ. The organization’s main mission is to provide the necessary means for young children in Senegal to remain in school where otherwise economic pressures might lead them to a life of panhandling.

Here is a message from the company’s Co-founder, Thierry Sarr, whom also serves as the Chief Technology Officer at Cactus Holdings.

“The story (from the co-founder): Over the past 5 years, I have been sending huge boxes at least twice a year with clothes and dry goods to underprivileged children. I’ve also traveled to Senegal once a year, visiting my family but also trying to figure out how I can make a difference. From the airport to my house, I always had mixed feelings, on one hand I consider myself fortunate because I made it and I am able to visit my family but on the other hand I was heartbroken, seeing the number of young children on the streets begging for food and money. I knew I wanted to help but I did not know how at the time, now I came to the conclusion that organizing a charity is the ANSWER.”

The Castellana Foundation is proud of its involvement with this amazing project, which can provide anything from basic dry good to solar panels. For more information on this charity, please visit their website.

 

 

The Castellana Foundation supports St. John’s Food Basket Ministry in Boca Raton, FL

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The Castellana Foundation, Western Beef, parent company Cactus Holdings and Peter Castellana III on behalf of the Castellana Family is proud to announce its support St. John’s Food Basket Ministry in Boca Raton, FL. With support from Western Beef, the food bank was able to collect over 10,000 food items this year, making it 2018 the best year they had seen on record. With over 30 volunteers for the Thanksgiving holiday, they were able to make a difference in the lives of countless families.

For more information on St. John’s Food Basket Ministry then please visit their website at https://www.saintjohn-bocaraton.com/.

The Castellana Foundation, Western Beef partner with Marin Architects for Canstruction New York at Brookfield Place

Western Beef partnered with Marin Architects on an exhibit for Canstruction NY at Brookfield Place in TriBeCa which took place between November 2nd and November 15th. Canstruction is a nonprofit organization that provides canned food to local food banks in cities by holding Canstruction competitions where participants construct art installations comprised entirely of canned food that is afterwards donated. Western Beef donated between 4,500 and 6,000 cans of food to company partner, Marin Architects, whom constructed the installation. Afterwards, cans from all 30 installations were donated to food bank, City Harvest. City Harvest is New York City’s largest food rescue organization, helping to feed the more than 1.2 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables, mostly from reallocating excess food from businesses that would have otherwise been discarded.

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Western Beef is proud of attending this year’s event and look forward to participating in the future. Food insecurity is an issue that one family should have to face and as the premier New York supermarket, we believe it is our duty to be a part of the solution to this tragic problem. For more information on Canstruction NY please visit their website at www.sdanyc.org/canstruction.

The Castellana Foundation proudly supports The East Side House Settlement

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Western Beef, parent company Cactus Holdings, and Peter Castellana III on behalf of the Castellana family, proudly supports the East Side House Settlement of the south Bronx.

East Side House is a community-based organization in the South Bronx. We work with schools, community centers and other partners to bring quality education and resources to residents of the Bronx and Northern Manhattan.

Recognizing education as the key to economic and civic opportunity, we help approximately 10,000 individuals improve their lives each year with programs ranging from basic literacy to specialized technology training.

The Castellana Foundation is proud to be able to support such an organization as they sought help to feed families of the community in need during the holidays. Please visit their website for more information on this incredible organization.

The Castellana Foundation and Western Beef proudly donates Thanksgiving turkeys to GrowNYC

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The Castellana Foundation, Western Beef, parent company Cactus Holdings and President Peter Castellana III, proudly announce their support for GrowNYC who will facilitate food donations to families for the Thanksgiving holidays at their Food Hub at Grand Army Plaza. GrowNYC helps New Yorkers by providing essential services and taking action to make NYC a truly livable city, one where every person can flourish. They achieve this through their Green Market which provides a means for local farmers to sell their products to New York City communities, their recycling program, gardening program which spans the five boroughs, and through education. For the Castellana Foundation, the causes that GrowNYC addresses are ones that the foundation and companies are not only already engaged with, but causes we truly care about and therefore are thrilled to be able to help in a small way by donating turkeys for this year’s Thanksgiving.

The Castellana Foundation supports Mercy Center in South Bronx

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The Castellana Foundation, Western Beef, Cactus Holdings, and CEO & President Peter Castellana III are proud to announce their support for Mercy Center in the neighborhood of Mott Haven in the South Bronx. Mercy Center currently has two locations in the Bronx and serves as a volunteer counseling service for single mother families in an effort to combat economic poverty. The Castellana Foundation is proud to be support behind such a noble cause in our communities. The South Bronx is a community that Western Beef has long operated within and supported. To have the opportunity to give back to economically at-risk families is a cause that we must fight together as a community, a city and a country.

For more information on Mercy Center or to learn how you can contribute to this cause then please visit their website.

The Castellana Foundation supports Growing Love Community Garden of Manorhaven, NY

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The Castellana Foundation, Western Beef, Cactus Holdings and CEO Peter Castellana III, are proud to announce their support for the Growing Love Community Garden of Manorhaven, NY. The Mission of the Growing Love Community Garden of Manorhaven is to connect their diverse community to healthy food, nature and each other. This is obviously a natural fit for the Castellana Foundation, having given much in their charitable donations to healthy food and food scarcity causes. A representative from the Growing Love Community Garden had this to say about the donation:

“The season was one of phenomenal growth with 46 individual beds and 5 educational beds overflowing with flowers, vegetables and herbs.  We have planted 6 native trees, built a beautiful pergola from fallen locust limbs and constructed a long bed solely for food donation to our local pantry.  A lot has been accomplished in this year!

We are truly grateful for your help.  

We ended this growing season on October 28th with a Harvest Festival and were granted  a garden Blessing by the Bishop who was saying Mass across the street… very moving. ”

Photos were provided by a volunteer.

For inquiries about the project please contact them through their contact page.

Castellana Foundation and Western Beef partners with Senator Addabbo to help restock a Glendale’s Sacred Heart Food Pantry

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The Castellana Foundation proudly supports and funds the initiative between Glendale’s Sacred Heart Food Pantry, Senator Addabbo, and Western Beef Supermarket. Story published by qns.com and written by Emma Miller.

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Western Beef Supermarket delivered two pallets of food to the Sacred Heart Food Pantry in Glendale on Oct. 1 through an arrangement made with state Senator Joseph Addabbo.

The donation included macaroni and cheese, juice boxes, coffee, bread, canned food and other items.

“I am very happy that I was able to successfully bring these two great entities together for the benefit of those individuals in need,” Addabbo said. “This donation alone will go a long way in helping so many families who are struggling to put food on the table. I am grateful for the efforts of the Sacred Heart pantry for assisting so many people and for Western Beef to willingly be a credible member of the community.”

Addabbo helped resolve a delivery issue between Western Beef and the food pantry. He said that he hopes to help the partnership continue in the future.

“Western Beef has always seen itself as part of the larger community, and so it is our pleasure to assist the Sacred Heart Food Pantry in its mission to aid others in need,” said Kathy Rivera, title compliance administrator at Western Beef. “After this initial food donation, we look forward to working with the food pantry and Senator Joe Addabbo towards the possibility of partnering in the future with the Sacred Heart Food Pantry.”

Western Beef Supermarket is a chain of grocery stores with locations across New York, New Jersey and Florida. They were founded over 30 years ago and have two stores in Queens, in Flushing and Jamaica.

The Sacred Heart Food Pantry is a ministry of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Glendale. They are open to distribute food to those who need it Monday through Thursday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Anyone wishing to donate food can call the office of parish ministries at 718-821-3285.

The Castellana Foundation funds contest program for Western Beef retail

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Western Beef is proud to announce that we will now be conducting weekly contests through our social media accounts (TwitterFacebook and Instagram) and our email mailing list (enter your email in the subscription box at the lower right corner). Prizes are funded through the generosity of the Castellana Foundation, whose board member, Peter Castellana III, is also the President of Western Beef parent company Cactus Holdings Inc. So far Western Beef has run many contests with multiple $500 gift card winners and recently a monthly MetroCard. We aim for our contests to be relevant to our customers’ daily lives so they spend their hard earned money on things other than reoccurring expense such as bills and groceries. A recent winner of ours was more than grateful for the financial boost:

“$500 is a lot of money. It’s basically what I spend at the supermarket in any given month so to have Western Beef cover me and my family for a month is a very big deal to me. I’m so thankful. Now I can buy something nice for us that I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. I wish more companies did this! I feel like they really are more than just another supermarket.” — M.G., Bronx, NY

Western Beef management has been very happy with the response so far with their contests:

“At first we just kinda wanted to see if there was any customer interest in contests. Shortly after we started our first campaign we realized that this was something our customers wanted. Thousands of customers were participating from all over. While we were happy with the response, we took a step back and made a personal stand in that we wanted to run relevant contests that spoke to our customers and actually served them well. It’s who we are as a company. We serve working families in the inner city.” — Western Beef Social Media Manager

For those interested in our contests please follow us on social media or join our mailing list at the Western Beef website for instructions on how to enter. Currently, the contest is for a monthly MetroCard.

Art from recent MetroCard contest

If you are a company or organization with prizes or services that you think would be relevant as prizes for our customers, then please reach out to us at socialmedia@westernbeef.com.