Updated 12/11/2011 03:00 PM
Brooklyn Soup Kitchen Readies Holiday Meals, Gifts
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More than 400 volunteers headed to Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Sunday to take part in the St. John's Bread and Life's "Sponsor a Family" program.
They packed up 2,000 food packages and 5,000 unwrapped toys to be delivered next weekend to low-income families.
This year all the food is being produced by New York State farmers.
"Local food is generally better, less processed, more healthy, particularly in poorer communities who don't have access to nutritious produce," said Tony Butler of St. John's Bread and Life.
Organizers say the program is a blessing for people who would otherwise go without this holiday.
"What Christmas is all about, it's not about going to the stores and shopping, it's not about decorating Christmas trees. It's about giving to those who unfortunately don't have as much," said volunteer Linda Miller.
"Inside, I'm feeling a lot of warmth, togetherness, a lot of happiness a lot of joy, community, all the things that we feel during the holiday time," said volunteer Lashonda Randolph.
St. John's Bread and Life sends out 2,200 meals daily throughout the year at its food pantry and soup kitchens.
For more information on the effort or any of the other programs offered by the organization throughout the year, visit breadandlife.org.