A Harlem nonprofit that has given out thousands of free meals during the COVID crisis is stepping up its efforts to help feed families during the holiday season.
The Brotherhood/Sister Sol has donated more than 250,000 meals over the past few months through weekly distributions outside its Hamilton Heights headquarters while also maintaining a full slate of youth programs.
“It’s a need that revealed itself early in the crisis and does not seem to be abating at all,” said John Dumey, the organization’s director of development.
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The distributions take place each Wednesday, alternating between giveaways open to the general public and for Bro/Sis members only. On a typical day, Dumey said, people begin lining up at 6 a.m. for a distribution that does not start until noon, showing the scope of food insecurity during the pandemic.
Now, Bro/Sis is seeking donations for its holiday drive, which aims to provide full Thanksgiving meals for up to 250 of its member families — complete with a full turkey from Corbin Hill Farm and two full grocery bags.
The drive is seeking monetary donations, rather than food — a $100 donation would provide a Thanksgiving meal for a family of four, Dumey said, while $500 would provide the same meal for an extended family of eight, plus two weeks of groceries.
To donate, visit brotherhood-sistersol.org. To learn about becoming a member and being eligible to take part in the food drives, call 282-283-7044 or email email@example.com.
Photo credit: The Brotherhood/Sister Sol.