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'God's Love We Deliver' Braves Cold to Keep Up With Demand for Food

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Every New Yorker has to deal with the bad weather, but some happily trudge through the snow and ice to make sure others can eat. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report on one organization, God's Love We Deliver, which is busy at work feeding New Yorkers

Bedford-Stuyvesant resident Viola was happy to receive three days worth of meals. The 84-year-old is fighting breast cancer and has been getting help from God's Love We Deliver for more than a year.

"It tastes good. I love the soup,” she said.

Viola is one of around 4,500 people who get meals delivered by God's Love, which was founded in 1985. It helps folks with life altering illnesses who are too sick to cook or shop for themselves. And during these winter months, the demand is even greater.

"We do see a spike in services in the winter and this December, we cooked and delivered 7,500 more meals than we did in November the month before then. We expect January to be even higher than December,” said Karen Pearl, God's Love We Deliver President and CEO.

And even when the weather is rough, the food still needs to be cooked and deliveries made. It's an extra challenge for the organization which serves more than one million meals each year.

"We have a lot of plans for how we are going to manage, how we are going to get our vans out on the road if it is at all possible, because we have to make sure that our staff and our volunteers are safe, but we also want to make sure that our clients get fed,” said Pearl.

And Pearl says it all works thanks to some 8,000 people who volunteer during the year, including John Batista who is in his third year lending a hand.

"We're so dedicated to be here, but they also have a plan like they know exactly when they need us, what they need us to so, so the really make it work,” said Batista.

God's Love is currently working out of a Williamsburg space in Brooklyn while their SoHo headquarters is undergoing a big expansion. That is expected to be complete next winter.

More than 8,000 people volunteer for God's Love We Deliver a year.

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