NEW YORK (77WABC) – Determined to help New Yorkers in need this holiday season, John and Margo Catsimatidis, owners of D’Agostino’s and Gristedes as well as 77WABC radio, will be donating ten thousand turkeys. They handed out dozens Monday with help from Father Francis Gasparick at St. John Bread of Life on West 30th Street.
“Food pantries have been knocked out of business due to lack of funds, due to lack of volunteers because of the fear of COVID, but thank God St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters has never missed a day in our network of food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens,” says Father Francis.
WABC radio also partnered with St. Francis Food pantries by featuring guests all day Friday as well as a donation site on their web page. So far WABC radio has raised over $40,000 dollars.
“There are hungry people in New York, people that can’t live on $1,000 or $1,800 on a Social Security check and those are the people we are taking care of so at least they have a happy Thanksgiving,” says John Catsimatidis.
Donations to St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters have dropped 75% in 2020, but the demand for help has skyrocketed throughout New York City.
Star athletes also attended Monday’s press conference: Art Shamsky, Ed Kranepool, Dwight “Doc” Gooden, Bobby Jackson, Sean Landeta, Luke Petitgout, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, and John Starks.
Congressman Peter King was also in attendance and spoke of the importance of giving this holiday season