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Where you can donate food for Thanksgiving

Organizations throughout borough are looking to assist the needy

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Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2019 10:30 am

It’s that time of year again.

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and organizations across the borough continue to accept food donations to offer to those less fortunate.

If you are looking to donate your nonperishable goods, there are countless ways of doing so.

Queens Library will host one of the largest food drives in the borough. Partnered with Food Bank for NYC, all 63 Queens Library branches will participate and accept canned goods from Nov. 18 through Dec. 7.

This is the second year in a row that Queens Library is partnered with the Food Bank. Their goal is to raise 6,000 pounds of food.

To find the location nearest you, go to visitqueenslibrary.org/about-us/locations.

In the Long Island City area, Hour Children serves the community. Located at 36-11 12 St., Hour Children hosts a food pantry Mondays from 2 to 4 p.m., Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. and Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m.

Food may be donated Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Foods that are sought after include dried and canned beans, canned fish and chicken, canned fruit and vegetables, brown rice and cereal.

According to the Hour Children website, the program fed more than 9,400 people over the last year. For additional information, Hour Children’s Food Pantry and Outreach Coordinator, Nina Strazzulla may be contacted at (718) 482-8226 or by emailing nstrazzulla@hourchildren.org

Also located in Long Island City at 35-20 Greenpoint Ave. is the Catholic Parish of St. Raphael. The church hosts a food pantry on Thursdays from 10:30 to noon and on Saturdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

The church welcomes donations of non-perishable foods as well as volunteers to help run the pantry. Those interested in making a donation may contact the rectory office at (718) 729-8957 for more information.

In the Whitestone area, Grace Episcopal Church is an option. The church, located at 14-15 Clintonville St., hosts a food pantry on Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m., serving approximately 35-40 people per week.

Nonperishable food can be donated to the church’s kitchen anytime the church is open and perishable food can be donated by arrangement when the pantry is open.

Common foods to donate include cereal, rice, tuna, beans and pasta. For more information, Maria Finley can be reached at mlcfinley@hotmail.com.

In Jamaica, St. Benedict the Moor Parish operates a food pantry with Queens Catholic Charities on the first and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

The church welcomes donations of canned and packaged nonperishable foods and is located at 171-17 110 Ave. just off Merrick Boulevard.

St. Benedict the Moor may be reached at (718) 526-4018.

In Middle Village, St. Margaret Parish hosts the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry every Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

The church is currently seeking holiday donations such as coffee, tea, apple juice, stuffing mix, canned yams, gravy and cooking oil.

The pantry is located at 66-25 79 Place and those interested may reach out to Terry at (718) 326-0188.

Also in Middle Village, Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church has set up donation boxes in the church vestibule to collect canned and other nonperishable goods until Nov. 24. The church is located at 61-27 71 St.

Our Lady of Hope may be reached at (718) 429-5438.

In Rego Park, Our Lady of the Angelus Church hosts a food pantry on the first Saturday of the month from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

The church asks to drop off nonperishable food items to the church’s rectory office at 63-63 98 St.

Our Lady of the Angelus may be reached at (718) 897-4444.

Lastly, the Queens County Farm Museum will begin accepting food donations throughout the month of December. Their food drive is designed to support the Queens College food pantry this holiday season. The farm encourages visitors and the general public to drop off nonperishable food in the farm store.

The farm is located at 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy. in Floral Park and may be reached at (718) 347-3276.

If you plan on making a donation to any of these churches or organizations, please check all items to make sure that they are not open and that they are not past their expiration date.

This is not a comprehensive list. Contact your house of worship or community organization to learn if they are having a drive.

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