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North Brooklyn Angels Hosts First Annual Luncheon Gala (3/27) in Greenpoint

The Angelmobile in action

The non-profit organization North Brooklyn Angels, that prepares fresh and healthy meals for the hungry, is hosting its first annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors Luncheon on Wed. March 27th, at 12 p.m. at Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave.); tickets are available here.

Angels at work

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North Brooklyn Angels to Receive 5 Percent of Brooklyn Whole Foods Sales 1/10

The mobile soup kitchen run by the North Brooklyn Angels, known as the Angelmobile, is the first recipient of the Whole Foods 5% Day. This Thursday (1/10) Whole Foods has committed to passing on 5% of their profits to benefit The North Brooklyn Angels from in-store sales at all three Brooklyn stores (Williamsburg, Fort Green and Gowanus.)

If you’re available consider volunteering tomorrow 3-4 hours to help staff their information tables. Shifts 11 AM – 2PM and or 3:30PM – 7PM. You will work in a team and have fun while doing good!

To get involved, email [email protected] with the subject line WHOLE FOODS VOLUNTEER

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New Year, New Volunteer Opportunities in North Brooklyn

The Greenpoint Reformed Church (136 Milton St.)

With the end of the year approaching, you may be looking for ways to give back to the community during this holiday season. The local hunger-relief programs offer great opportunities to give back in North Brooklyn, either with a one-off session or on a weekly basis.

The Greenpoint Reformed Church Hunger Program serves dinner on Wednesdays and distributes groceries on Thursdays from 4-7 p.m. at 136 Milton St. View the upcoming schedule and volunteer here.

The hunger program is also currently hosting a crowdfunding campaign to provide essential hygiene products for young girls and women. The ‘fem-kits’ will be available at the food pantry and the campaign seeks to fund three months of supplies for 400 women.

The angel mobile serves up hot meals (photo via @brooklyncranksgiving)

The North Brooklyn Angels are a local nonprofit organization that started in the winter of 2016 and by the summer of 2017, launched the “Angelmobile,” a 40-foot mobile soup kitchen powered by volunteers, and started serving free meals on the streets of Brooklyn. NBA sends out bi-weekly emails with updates on the volunteer schedule. They also use social media (@northbrooklynangels) to post emergency volunteer opportunities. Signup for email updates here. Continue reading

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North Brooklyn Angels Hosted Their first Annual Thanks4Giving

Last night at Our Lady Mount Carmel (275 N 8 St.), the North Brooklyn Angels hosted their first annual Thanks4Giving holiday meal in honor of the volunteers who help prepare and serve nearly 1,000 meals per week. Their local volunteers cook the food in a commercial kitchen and deliver meals in North Brooklyn in the “angel mobile” throughout the year. Check out some of the photos from the dinner:

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North Brooklyn Angels Host Thanksgiving Meal in Honor of Volunteers

The North Brooklyn Angels are throwing a Thanksgiving celebration in honor of the volunteers who give their time and effort to prepare and serve meals to our neighbors in need. The Thanks4Giving meal will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 5 – 9 p.m. at the Parish Hall of Mt. Carmel RC Church at 275 N 8th St.

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Endless Summer: Free (or cheap) North Brooklyn Must-Dos

Movie in Transmitter Park. Photo: Megan Penmann

August is like the Sunday of summer, so why not get the most of out this month? There’s still so much fun to be had, even as summer winds down to a slow and humid crawl.

Here are some ideas to have a great and wallet-friendly summer right here in North Brooklyn: Continue reading

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Starving Greenpoint Artist Seeking Food Via Craigslist

Starving artist Craiglist

Apparently, times are tough out there for at least one local artist. From the above Craigslist post, it’s a little unclear if he is legitimately starving or is merely seeking inspired companionship; but either way, Greenpointers do not let other Greenpointers go hungry! If he is truly in need of food, we would recommend seeking out the North Brooklyn Angels van. Today from 1230-130pm, they will be posted up across the street from the Williamsburgh Library (240 Division Ave), to hand out 200 hot meals. Tomorrow (Wednesday), the Greenpoint Reformed Church (136 Milton Street) will host their weekly community dinner from 6-7pm, and on Thursdays from 8am-11am they give out groceries from their food pantry. And if that’s not enough, a while back we compiled a roundup of local bars and restaurants that serve up free or super cheap food and drinks. So there are plenty of options to avoid truly going hungry in the ‘hood. Or, our long haired artist may simply be on the hunt for a woman who knows her way around the kitchen, a lady who is happy to simultaneously craft the perfect bechamel sauce for a hearty truffle mac n cheese, chop up a pink lettuce salad and pour him a glass of natural wine. In any case, hopefully this local artist will starve no more! Continue reading

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North Brooklyn Angels Take Flight Against Food Insecurity in Greenpoint

The Angelmobile!
The Angelmobile! Via the North Brooklyn Angels’ Facebook Page

North Brooklyn Angels, a hyper-local, volunteer-powered, non-profit, mobile hunger program has spread its wings in the neighborhood. Built on the direct action of neighbors helping neighbors, North Brooklyn Angels is working to fight hunger, food insecurity, and poverty in North Brooklyn, and help build an equitable, diverse neighborhood. They have served over 16,000 hot meals since they began operating last June. Since January 2nd, North Brooklyn Angels has been cooking all of its meals in the newly opened commercial kitchen in the basement of Mount Carmel Hall.

North Brooklyn Angels is a small organization with deep local roots hoping to make a big impact. Executive Director Ryan Kuonen explains “The program was a dream of a Greenpoint old timer, Neil Sheehan. Born and raised here in a large Irish Catholic family, he has spent his life feeding people. He teamed up with local Episcopalian Pastor, John Merz, who was running a soup kitchen that was going to be displaced from its physical location. He has been a big part of Occupy Wall St & Hurricane Sandy relief efforts and was really motivated to be part of a mobile soup kitchen project.” Kuonen joined the project in 2016, and is the only full-time employee. Claudell Lewis, Alan Minor and Felice Kirby work part-time, and volunteers provide the rest of the energy, serving, cooking, and even driving North Brooklyn Angels’ beautiful blue truck, known as the “Angelmobile.”

The Angelmobile is a 40-foot food service truck equipped with office space. With it, North Brooklyn Angels hopes to “create a busload of hope, love, & nutrition, serving people hot, healthy meals at strategic locations around the neighborhood and providing a mobile office space for the many wonderful charitable & human service programs already operating in the neighborhood.”  Continue reading

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