2013-09-13 / Community

Local Charity Helpers Need Help

By Katie McFadden

Local charities are in need of assistance. Some groups that supply food to the community through food pantries could use help themselves.

The Bethel AME Church Arverne Food Pantry took a hard hit from Hurricane Sandy as the church has been closed since the storm. According to Bethel AME Church Food Pantry director Artie Crawford, the church had a lot of help with cleanup from volunteers, but the church and food pantry is still in need of donations for repairs. They are seeking individuals or companies that can help provide building supplies such as sheet rock, insulation, studs, spackle, nails and other materials.

To make up for the lack of a space, Crawford has been carrying out curbside distributions and hand deliveries of food, but he’s looking to get the actual food pantry back up and running. Any help is appreciated. Contact Artie Crawford at 917-548-7866. The church is located at 215 Beach 77th Street.

Another food pantry that was set up after Hurricane Sandy is in trouble. The food pantry delivery for Rockaway's FREE Flea Market has come to an end. The group was receiving a delivery from the NYC Common Pantry in Manhattan, but the Sandy Relief program has been discontinued and deliveries have stopped. The Rockaway FREE Flea Market continues to serve more than 200 families every weekend. The group is not funded by any agency and has survived on donations. They are looking for a food pantry sponsor or big food drives so that they can continue their efforts. The group is backed by a 501c3 (not for profit). They are also accepting canned goods, non-perishable groceries and monetary donations. E-mail rockawayfreefleamarket@gmail.com if interested in donating or if you have any information about food pantry sponsors.

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