With Pantry Depleted, Bowery Mission to Receive Funding From City
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The Bowery Mission is set to receive some much needed government dollars to help stock their rapidly depleting pantry for local Lower East Side homeless. The Food Pantries Initiative has $237,600 earmarked in the city’s 2015 Fiscal Year budget, spread between ten delegates, which leaves Councilwoman Margaret Chin with $23,760 to work with. Of that, she plans to allocate $9,000 to the Bowery Mission, $9,000 to the New York City Rescue Mission, and $5,760 to Cabrini Immigrant Services on Henry Street.
When reached for comment, Chin noted:
As a deeply important part of our Lower East Side community, the Bowery Mission heroically serves New Yorkers in need — but when the Mission is struggling, we must also be there to lend a helping hand. That’s why I’m making sure to provide this new funding to the Mission as part of my allocation for the Council’s Food Pantries Initiative.
Funding approval is expected to pass this Wednesday.
Meanwhile, DNAinfo reports that the Mission cooks, who feed about a thousand people on a daily basis, are stretching their culinary creativity to the limit to provide a decent plate for those in need.
“So far, the Mission has not had to turn away anyone looking for food, he said, but its cooks have been forced to find creative ways to make enough satisfying meals with the remaining food items — like using butter sauce on pasta instead of tomato sauce.”
With the holiday season inching to the front burner, it probably can’t hurt to swing by if you have something extra to give.