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SIFIF Team

SIFIF Team at Snug Harbor for the Staten Island Dialog Project. From right, smiling Carolyn Krinsky-Adinolfi, Michelle Piazza, Heather Browand, Trisha Clay, and Mary Ellen Smith
This group banded together during some difficult days in the Fall of 2020. After many Zoom meetings, we finally got to meet in person to support our team member, Carolyn, in her outstanding performance with The Staten Island Dialogue Project. It was awesome to be able to hug & hello and enjoy an evening together… We were just missing Kristy!
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400 Meals Fed Forward!

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New Distribution Partner: Oakwood Heights Community Church

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

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New Distribution Partner: Stapleton’s UAME Church

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.

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New Affiliation: Staten Island Giving Circle

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.

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SIFIF Partners with South Shore Food Pantry

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.

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SIFIF Featured NYS Coronavirus Update

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.  
You can subscribe to New York State’s Coronavirus Updates here
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We’re Growing! Coverage in the Advance

We’re growing! ❤️A special thank you to Pamela Silvestri at the Staten Island Advance for featuring and following our program!

‘Staten Island Feeds It Forward’ chugs along with restaurant program

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SILive.com covers SIFIF

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

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Featured in SI Community News

Many thanks to Crystal at Staten Island Community News for covering our enterprise!

http://www.statenislandcommunitynews.com/inspirational-people/local-women-unite-to-address-the-food-insecurity-issue-on-staten-island/