The Gardiner Foundation is providing Thanksgiving turkey dinners to women’s shelters throughout the Bronx community. The meal drop offs, however, are not just for Thanksgiving. The Gardiner Foundation has been providing meals to the shelters to feed women and children who are hungry on most days.
The women’s shelters house young women between the ages of 16 and 24 with at least 1 to 2 children, ranging in ages from birth to 5 years old. Some women even stay at the shelter while pregnant.
The Gardiner Foundation has been serving several shelters in the Bronx in the Wakefield area. HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services operates across every borough of the city. They provide a comprehensive and holistic set of programming for both children and family dealing with a range of trauma related to family separation. The other shelters The Foundation serves are Baychester, which houses 35 young mothers with their children, and Eden, which houses 27 young mothers and their children.
The government helps to place the young mothers and their children in these shelters, but does not provide them with any other basic services. Some of the young mothers are undocumented immigrants who do not qualify for any government assistance, such as food stamps, Medicaid or cash benefits. As such, any donation is imperative in helping provide basic necessities, especially food.
Even more important in getting food donations, especially for Thanksgiving, is the fact that the shelters are old Bronx motels that the government and the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) use to house these families. The facility has no kitchen and only one microwave for the entire facility.
In order to help address this issue, The Gardiner Foundation has been providing hot meals consisting of whole chicken, rice, beans, mixed vegetables and chocolate cookies. The next meal is scheduled for November 5th, and then a Thanksgiving feast on November 24th.
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For more information about donating food items or money to purchase and prepare food for the women’s shelter, please visit TheGardinerFoundation.org website.
Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. (GLK) is a sponsor of the event. The money and manpower we donate each year to The Foundation provides various needs supported by The Gardiner Foundation. Donations are always welcome and encouraged. Donors can contribute by mailing a check to The Gardiner Foundation c/o GLK at 111 Broadway, NYC.