Serving Meals with a Side of Good Feels – River Journal
“EASING THE BURDEN
“These people have always been there for our community and I thought they deserved a better shot than what they’re getting,” he said. “I figured that providing groceries and meals would make what they’re going through a little easier.”
So began his twice weekly give-aways of hot meals on Fridays, aided by Peekskill Rotary and HOPE for Youth Foundation, and packaged groceries — with the help of Feeding Westchester and the City of Peeksill — to lines of waiting people.
The generosity of individuals like Manzer and organizations like Gullotta House – which is also providing free community meals in Ossining –– has led to a new initiative called the Virtuous Collective, formed by the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce, and inspired by Ossining Innovates! and the Brieant Youth Alliance.
Virtuous Collective’s mission is “to create a bridge between the local businesses that provide relief for the Greater Ossining Community and the not-for-profits,” explained Dr. Gayle Marchica, President of the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce.
“The plan is to widen the pool of involvement, inviting more businesses, philanthropies, and residents to become part of the solution of surviving the current crisis and building a foundation for the future. For the moment our focus will be on meals, but looking beyond the pandemic, we will be doing other things, like helping with school supplies – whatever the community needs.” “