From a single soup kitchen in 1983, The INN currently has a network of 14 soup kitchens in 21 different locations across Nassau and Suffolk Counties in New York. Each soup kitchen works independently to ultimately uphold the mission and goals of The INN; to serve hungry and homeless Long Islanders with dignity, respect and love. With the exception of the Mary Brennan INN in Hempstead, our first and largest soup kitchen, which has a small group of full-time staff, all of our soup kitchens are run entirely by volunteers. These selfless individuals give their time and effort week after week, year after year, many for decades to help their neighbors in need.
Peter Castellana III, Peter Castellana Jr. and the Castellana Foundation, along with Western Beef were happy to make a donation to the Mercy Inn soup kitchen in order to support their mission and help feed the hungry and the homeless.
Peter Castellana III, Peter Castellana Jr. and the Castellana Foundation, along with Western Beef were happy to make a $500 contribution to St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters which they have used to feed those who are poor in body and spirit.
St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters:
The current economic uncertainty and decreases in the workforce have placed additional burdens on the St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters. Rather than be measured by the DOW or the S&P indexes, our clients’ highs and lows are measured by their ability to eat, find employment, feel safe, and obtain reasonable housing. As the market decreases by 20-40%, the number of clients we serve each week increases. Each week more and more families come to us seeking help to feed themselves. Currently, the St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters serve over 1.2 million meals each year.
The St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters is a network of food and service programs for the poor that provide a wide range of services to feed, clothe, counsel, and alleviate physical and emotional hunger in a dignified and supportive manner. The St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters takes a comprehensive approach in providing and supporting services that eradicate not only hunger, but the structural causes of hunger. The St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters supports a network of charitable programs that provide a broad range of services for those in need, including the provision of food, clothing, shelter, and related social services for the poor.
There are more than 40 non-profit Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens, Safe Havens, Drop In Centers and Shelters supported by St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey. Each location designed their “pantry” with programs to best serve their locations. Full-time social workers are available to meet the needs of clients at each location.
In recognition and celebration of the critical life saving work of the FDNY, department, The Castellana Foundation, along with Peter Castellana III and Peter Castellana Jr, were honored to donate $1000 at the FDNY foundation dinner.