Food Drive and Just Food Visit

On the second Tuesday of each month, we try to do something a little special at distribution. This month we have two small but highly relevant events:

OLS Food Drive
Our Lady of Sorrows food pantry is a full partner in our CSA — each week, any food left unclaimed by members gets collected by OLS volunteers to be distributed at their food pantry the next morning. They help ensure that none of our fresh food goes to waste.

Many emergency food organizations are dealing with cuts in funding and donations at the same time that even more families rely on their services. Please clean out your pantry of non-perishable food items and help us fill a box to complement our leftover veggies. We’ll have a box set up near the front of the amphitheater. If you’d like to add something to your shopping cart to donate, here is a list of suggested items:

brown/white rice, dried beans, cereal, oatmeal, peanut butter, canned meat or fish

Just Food Visit

Just Food is the non-profit that helped get us started — over the years, they’ve helped over 100 NYC neighborhoods connect with local farmers to create an extensive network of CSA throughout the city. They also take on issues of food justice, and help promote affordable, fresh foods in a variety of other ways.
This year, they’re formalizing their relationship with all the CSA members who have benefitted from their help by creating an CSA Network that each one of us contributes to — $5 of your membership fee goes to Just Food to help them build new CSAs and promote their mission, for a total of $580 from Grand Street CSA.

Just Food staff members Paula Lukats and Jessica Cortes will be joining us at our distribution this Tuesday to meet members, talk more about Just Food and answer questions about the new Just Food CSA Network. Be sure to take a minute to say hi when you pick up your share.

Fundraiser for Our Lady of Sorrows – Thursday, October 28

Our last week of distribution is also the last week our leftover fruit and veggies go to the needy families at the Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry. Thanks to all our members for supporting this weekly donation! No plans for Thursday night, yet? Tomorrow, Calvary Church will be hosting a benefit dinner and dance performance/fashion show to benefit OLS. See info from Nivia below:

The Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry Annual Benefit

Calvary Church

61 Gramercy Park No. (Northeast corner of Park Avenues South and 21st St.)

Featuring: Fashion Designer Michael Calloway and
“Kuan Yin’s Compassion” by Prismatic Productions

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Performances begin at 8:00 p.m.

Suggested donation is $10.00.

We still need volunteers to set up, serve, and clean up! The set up crew is meeting at 5-5:30p.m. (some lifting may be involved). If you have any questions please call me at 212-671-2485. Sorry for the late notice.

Thanks for everything!

Nivia, OLS Food Pantry

Volunteer Opportunities at Our Lady of Sorrows

The food pantry where our extra greens go could use a hand!

  • Pack up extra fresh veggies from our CSA.
  • Help set-up for distribution.
  • Translate during distribution if you speak Spanish or Chinese (any dialect).

You can volunteer to set up on Monday or Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am — you must be able to lift at least 20 lbs.

Or you can help out at distribution: Mondays at 12:30 pm and Wednesdays at 1:00 pm.

The food pantry is located at Our Lady of Sorrows, 103 Pitt Street, on the corner of Stanton Street.

If you’re interested, contact us or email Nivia directly at