Staten Island Feeds It Forward is a group of community members who believe that, with the help of local business owners, we can help defeat food insecurity in our neighborhood.
SIFIF is grateful to welcome Oakwood Heights Community Church Food Pantry to our network. Over the last few months, Oakwood Heights Community Church has sponsored several pop-up food pantries. In addition, we try to assist any additional requests for food, including deliveries to those homebound, grab-and-go bags, and supermarket gift cards. OHCC will be distributing vouchers from our East Shore Food Distribution Partners.
More information about OHCC’s ministry can be found at http://www.myohcc.org
SIFIF member, Mary Ellen, and Reverend Carter of Stapleton’s UAME Church hosted a food pantry this week! We are honored to welcome UAME Church as SIFIF’s latest distribution partner. They will be distributing Feed It Forward vouchers for St. George, Tompkinsville, and Rosebank food establishments.
We are honored to announce our affiliation with Staten Island Giving Circle!-Staten Island Giving Circle is a volunteer community outreach organization that is committed to serving Staten Island’s underserved, disadvantaged, and in-need populations. They have done amazing work for our communities including (but not limited to) helping veterans, critically ill individuals, soup kitchens, pantries, natural disaster victims, and senior citizens, children in shelters, and so many more. For more info on Staten Island Giving Circle, visit their website at www.statenislandgivingcircle.org.
SIFIF is proud to announce we are working with South Shore Community Food Pantry to distribute vouchers from our South Shore food partners into the local community. Our thanks to Joe Preach and his terrific team of volunteers for their support and helping to Feed It Forward to our neighbors on the South Shore.
Staten Island Feeds It Forward was the “Deep Breath Moment” in the NYS Update of February 9, 2021.
|Tonight’s “Deep Breath Moment”: A group of Staten Island residents have come together to form “Staten Island Feeds It Forward,” an initiative that helps food-insecure Staten Islanders while supporting local restaurants. Founded by Mariana Ortega, the organization connects nonprofits with restaurants. Patrons of participating restaurants can “pay forward” meals or other bites using receipt vouchers—which are then given out by nonprofits to those in need. Learn more about the organization and how to get involved.|
We’re growing! A special thank you to Pamela Silvestri at the Staten Island Advance for featuring and following our program!
Check out the article on Staten Island Feeds It Forward on SILive: https://www.silive.com/entertainment/2020/11/cant-afford-a-bite-in-a-restaurant-group-wants-to-feed-it-forward.html?fbclid=IwAR0Buvup4DrG6x_kmYCblongmFSHpoaHrldiod0Oz8KZbGFtPLfGtpFrNQQ
Many thanks to Crystal at Staten Island Community News for covering our enterprise!
Thank you, Staten Island, for making the world a little brighter!
How it Works
- At check-out, tell the cashier you want to Feed It Forward.
- The price of one item will be added to your purchase.
- The restaurant prints and keeps a copy of your receipt, which
buys food for a Staten Islander in need.
- The receipts are collected for distribution to the community.