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Feed the Hungry

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Feed the Hungry - 2019 Meal Sponsorship

Thank you to all who have cooked, packaged, served, donated to this vital ministry!

January: Holy Cross, Brooklyn
February: Kimisis Tis Theotokou, Brooklyn
March: Church of Our Saviour, Rye
April: Archangel Michael, Port Washington
May: Three Hierarchs, Brooklyn
June: St. Demetrios, Astoria
July: St. John's, Bluepoint
August: National Philoptochos 
September: Brookville & Island Park
October: Holy Trinity St. Nicholas, Staten Island
November: Holy Trinity, Bridgeport
December: Holy Trinity, Hicksville 

*The peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are made and donated each month by St. Nicholas Philoptochos of West Babylon, NY.


Feeding the Hungry Liaisons 2018-2020

DAD: Maria Skiadas     
smc1651@aol.com

Chicago: Christina Hiotis     
christinahiotis@gmail.com

Boston: Eleni Stamboulidis     
estamboulidis@hotmail.com

Denver: Marian Catechis     
runmom@swbell.net

Atlanta: Lekita Essa     
lekita@lekitacare.com

Detroit: Katherine Kotsis          
khkotsis@gmail.com

Pittsburgh: Athanasia Ward           
wardet123@embarqmail.com

San Francisco: Cindy Kezos                
ckezos75@gmail.com

New Jersey: Eleni Constantinides    
eleni.constantinides@gmail.com


Thank you to the Chapters who prepared meals and volunteered with the National Philoptochos in 2018:

August: The Greek Orthodox Shrine Church of Flushing Philoptochos

January: Kimisis tis Theotokou, Brooklyn
February: SS. Nicholas, Constantine & Helen, Roseland
March: Church of Our Savior, Rye
April: Randolph & Roseland, NJ
May: St. George, Clifton, NJ
June: Archangel Michael, Port Washington
July: St. Catherine, Astoria
August: St. Nicholas, Flushing
September: Brookville & Island Park
October: Randolph & Roseland, NJ
November: Holy Trinity, Bridgeport, CT
December: National Philoptochos Board & Staff Members

*The peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are made and donated each month by St. Nicholas Philoptochos of West Babylon, NY.


Philoptochos Receives National Hunger Hero Award

As Outstanding Faith-Based Organization

Dave Green, Feeding Children Everywhere CEO, presents Hunger Hero Award to Georgia Vlitas and Evan Scurtis  

In June, the Feeding Children Everywhere organization honored National Philoptochos with its inaugural Hunger Hero Award in the Outstanding Faith-Based Organization category. National Philoptochos Feed the Hungry Chair and Assistant Treasurer, Georgia Vlitas, and Second Vice President, Evangeline Scurtis, attended the awards presentation, which took place in Orlando, Florida.  Feeding Children Everywhere is an international non-profit organization based in Florida. Volunteer groups like Philoptochos purchase the ingredients that go into the meals from the organization, and then hold an event to package the meals. The organization distributes the meals to a location chosen by the sponsoring group. Feeding Children Everywhere presented Hunger Hero Awards in two-dozen categories. Philoptochos has sponsored Feeding Children Everywhere food packaging events across the U.S. at National Board meetings, metropolises, individual chapters and the 2016 National Clergy-Laity Congress as part of its Feed the Hungry program, which was launched in January 2015 by National President Maria Logus.


Philoptochos and World Hunger Day

World Hunger Day is a prominent event on the calendar of the Philoptochos Society and chapters across the country marked the May 28 national day of awareness by offering meals to the homeless and hungry.  In church halls, in soup kitchens and on city streets, Philoptochos stewards across the nation were ministering to the less fortunate. Salt Lake City, UT; Elkins Park, PA; Chicago, IL; Hartford, CT; Euless, TX and New Rochelle, NY, represent just a small fraction of the cities and towns with Philoptochos chapters that participate in an effort to feed those in need. Some initiatives are parish-wide and include families and friends.  

To read the update, click here: The Pappas Post, May 24, 2017

and for a previous report click here: The Pappas Post, August 5, 2016

       

The National Philoptochos Feed the Hungry program began as part of National Philoptochos President Maria Logus’ goal of “doing -- more hands on philanthropy, engaging all members of our community in our work.”  In February 2015, President Logus challenged chapters to prepare and offer 250,000 meals by the 2016 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention. YOU MET THE CHALLENGE!  On July 12, 2016, Committee Chair Georgia Vlitas reported that the Philoptochos Feed the Hungry Initiative had fed a grand total of 764,285 meals.  Last Thanksgiving, President Logus upped the goal by inviting Philoptochos chapters and stewards to continue to offer wholesome and hearty meals to the homeless and hungry.  She wrote, “Our goal, challenging but certainly achievable, is to offer one million meals before our next convention in 2018 and to experience both the joy and the rewards of this service, over and over again.”  

Please note that with this new goal, we announce a new hashtag to mark your social media posts: #onemillionmeals and a new email address: onemillionmeals@philoptochos.org to send your updates.


How We Did It- The Orginal Plan

Phase I of our National Philoptochos Feed the Hungry program was to reach out to our Chapters to find out who already has an established program. To get a true picture of what Philoptochos does nationwide, each Metropolis President chose 1-2 liaisons to gather the information from the Chapters’ experiences and information such as: 

  • How is it accomplished?
  • Where?
  • When?
  • How often?
  • For how many people?

Phase II of the program will be to share the “good works” of our chapters so that others may use this information to start a program or perhaps improve or broaden an existing one.  Along with the information, the liaisons will also be gathering photographs that portray volunteers involved in this most important work.  We will be featuring different chapters in the “IN THE spotlight” section on our website.

Phase III of the program will be to reach or surpass our goal of providing 250,000 and to expand this program to more chapters throughout the country. How rewarding it will be to see this program as a permanent outreach program in all our chapters! 

From the data you have sent us, we have grouped the information into the following categories:

  • Chapters who cook and serve the hungry at their church
  • Chapters who partner with Community Based Organizations (CBO) by either:
    • Cooking at the Church and transporting to CBO to serve;
    • Cooking and serving at CBO;
    • Prepare food at Church and then drop off at a CBO
  • Chapters who are starting a new program

 

Please send information to email address:

onemillionmeals@philoptochos.org