CHIPS Ahoy! Please Chip In to Feed the Hungry in Park Slope

’Tis the giving season and CHIPS needs our support to help it meet its missionPantry-Bag of fulfilling the daily nutritional needs of hundreds of families and individuals.

Up to 250 men and women, regardless of immigration status and religious beliefs, receive hot meals daily in its soup kitchen. It also operates a residency shelter that houses nine homeless mothers and their infants for up to 12 months while they gain skills and transition to permanent housing.

Recently, CHIPS expanded its services by partnering with 10 local bakeries that enable it to provide a hot breakfast to 75 people every morning. Because of reductions in the federal Food Stamp Program, or SNAP, more and more New Yorkers go hungry during part or all of each month. CHIPS’ new program fills an important gap. But the program can only be sustained by community support, since none of its current grant funds can be used for this program.

You can help CHIPS by donating the following items:

  •  Paper coffee cups (no lids required)
  •  4 oz juice cups
  •  Plastic grocery bags or brown lunch bags
  •  Napkins and paper towels
  •  Zip lock bags
  •  Sugar packets
  •  Coffee creamer and ground coffee

CHIPS also has need for granola bars, peanut butter and jelly for the lunch bags it distributes, as well. You can deliver these supplies to its facility at 200 Fourth Avenue between Sackett and DeGraw Streets.

CHIPS is sponsoring an Open House on Tuesday, December 2nd from 4-8 pm to give the community a tour of their facility. Come and see what CHIPS is all about and enjoy some refreshments.

And don’t forget the latest holiday tradition. December 2nd is Giving Tuesday, a day when people can give back to their local community. So bring your checkbook and make a donation: $25 feeds 15 people at its soup kitchen and $75 houses a homeless mother and her children for one week.