St. Mel’s steps up for Lent 1

Students from St. Mel’s Catholic Academy in Flushing dedicated the weeks leading up to Easter to serving those in need.

Nearly 3,000 nonperishable items were donated to nearby St. Kevin’s RC Church’s food pantry, “The Market,” March 30 as part of a Lenten service project. The drive was organized by parent Tamar Chicavich and her two children, but was joined by the 100 students at the school’s Early Childhood Center.

The Market serves an average of 50 families every Wednesday, its distribution day.

“The impact of the Coronavirus has caused more people to struggle to provide for their families and themselves. It is fulfilling to see this school community show their love of neighbor through this food drive which will make a difference for those in need in their community,” John Quaglione of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn said in an email.

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