2004-02-13 / Editorial/Opinion

Rockaway’s Food Pantries Serve A Vital Need

Rockaway’s Food Pantries Serve A Vital Need

There are many hungry people in Rockaway who depend on the various food pantries on the peninsula to stay alive. They are often poor or senior citizens – or they fall into both categories. That is a fact of life that every Rockaway resident should be aware of. They are served by a web of food providers. The Claddagh INN, despite its published problems over the past several months, problems that continue to today, is one of those vital food providers. Others, less public and infamous, but just as important, include Young Israel of Wavecrest and Bayswater, JASA, the Hammel Senior Center, Roy Reuther, Meals on Wheels, Celestial Church of Christ, Beth-El Temple and the Apostolic Christian Fellowship Church. We need them and they need the community to help them feed the poor and the elderly in need. Which brings us back to the Cladagh INN. The property now used by the food pantry will soon be taken over by the city as part of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area. One day, there will be a community center serving all of Rockaway on that site. Just as the developers of ABTS are finding a new site for the congregation of Derech Emunoh, they should do likewise for the Claddagh INN. One feeds the soul, the other, the body. Neither is less important than the other.

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