On Tuesday, November 21, 2023, Kingsbridge Heights Community Center (KHCC) hosted a Holiday Meal Giveaway, distributing more than 500 special meal bags, filled with fresh pork, pasta, cheese, rice, sauces, and more.
The event, made possible by a generous grant from the Cohen Foundation, aimed to spread joy and support to the Bronx community during the holiday season.
Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz further contributed to the festive atmosphere by generously donating 50 turkeys to the Food Pantry to expand offerings ahead of the main event. These contributions, coupled with the dedication of volunteers and partners, allowed KHCC to extend its impact beyond the regular food pantry participants and welcome even more families to the KHCC community. Special thanks to DBI Construction Consultants, who volunteered and ensured the smooth distribution of special holiday food.
“In this season of giving and gratitude, we are pleased and grateful to have helped so many families through our KHCC Community Holiday Food Giveaway. With generous support from the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation, more the 500 Kingsbridge families took home delicious holiday favorites including pernil, rice, peas, pasta, vegetables, cheese and fruit, helping to ensure that everyone can partake in the warmth of a Thanksgiving meal. Deepest thanks to all who support KHCC and the work we do with, by and for the community!” said Raye Barbieri, CEO, Kingsbridge Heights Community Center.
In the days leading up to the main event, KHCC’s initiatives captured the essence of the fall, offering special holiday meals to the Bronx community. About 700 participants shared a hot meal across KHCC’s Early Learn Classrooms, After-School Youth Programs, and English Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) Classrooms, accompanied by festive activities.
The Holiday Food Giveaway serves as a testament to the organization’s unwavering dedication to ensuring that everyone in the Bronx has the opportunity to share the joy of the season.
About Kingsbridge Heights Community Center
The Kingsbridge Heights Community Center (KHCC) was founded in 1974 by a group of passionate community organizers. The group was led by three neighborhood women: Mary McLoughlin, Patricia Burns, and Janet Athanasidy.
Upon hearing in 1972 that the 50th Precinct was moving out of its turn-of-the-century building on Kingsbridge Terrace, the three jumped at the opportunity to realize their vision for a community center.
KHCC provides resources to empower Bronx residents from cradle to career to advance education and well-being for a vibrant community. We achieve this in an environment that fosters academic milestones, literacy, mental health support, nutrition, technology, and the arts.
Kingsbridge Heights Community Center
3101 Kingsbridge Terrace
Bronx, NY 10463