NY1's latest Queens People of the Week are doing their part to help the city's hungry. Leisha Majtan introduces us.


Peanut butter and jelly -- they're pantry staples.

But Assemblyman Brian Barnwell says not everyone can afford it and he wanted to help long before he even took office.

"Everyone knows how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It's very easy, everyone can do it and it's a great thing," said Brian Barnwell, (D) State Assembly - Queens.

Five years ago, he started a "Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Making Project" --  a 'sweet' gesture for those in need.

Once a month he and dozens of volunteers get together at St. Sebastian's Church in Woodside to make sandwiches.

The sandwiches then get donated to City Harvest -- a non-profit working to feed the City's hungry and homeless.

"People rely on this and we take it for granted. So it is a good feeling knowing we are helping some people," added Barnwell.

Volunteers put together nearly 500 sandwiches every month… and with money out of their own pockets, they even buy all of the ingredients.

"We think it might mean something small but that's the meal for someone, maybe for the whole day, you know? So, it means a lot that I can help feed someone," said Kayla Berry, a Woodside resident and NY1's Queens Person of the Week.

"There are a lot of people that don't have a lot of stuff, so you have to give back," added 12-year-old Delia Kehoe, another Queens Person of the Week.

Volunteers say they hope this small act of kindness can have a huge impact.

"We lose track of time and everything. So an hour of your day is nothing," said Berry.

And so for spreading good will to those who need it most, the St. Sebastian Church volunteers are our Queens People of the Week.