New York, NY, October 21, 2013 – Beginning today, Bailey House is offering assistance to recipients of WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children). The WIC program was closed during the government shutdown, and though the government has since reopened, there will likely be a significant backlog for families to receive their benefits. To ensure that no family goes without necessities, Bailey House will be offering formula, baby food, juice, cereal and diapers to WIC recipients in the community through the Bailey House Food Pantry for the next several weeks.
Bailey House CEO Gina Quattrochi commented, “We know that good nutrition and stable housing are the cornerstones of public health. We cannot stand by and watch the most vulnerable women and children in our community denied basic needs like food because of the federal government shutdown. Although stocking extra items such as formula, baby food and diapers will tax our food pantry budget, we are prepared to make whatever sacrifices are necessary to ensure that our neighbors can feed their babies and that pregnant and breastfeeding women in our community will get the nutrition they need.”
This service is open today from 9AM to 4PM as a dedicated WIC-only day at the Bailey House Food Pantry. The only documentation needed is a current WIC card and one form of valid ID. After today, WIC recipients can visit the Food Pantry on Mondays between 9AM to 4PM until further notice.
Not only is Bailey House delighted to help our neighbors with what they need to maintain the health and well-being of their families, but we look forward to making those who visit us aware of the full range of Bailey House services available to them, including case management, healthcare navigation, HIV testing, mental health services and other services for which they are eligible.
The Food Pantry will continue to serve the general public on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12PM to 1:30PM. Last month alone the pantry distributed almost 1,000 bags; each bag contains three meals. Carver Bank, a Harlem institution since 1948, is the community sponsor for the Food Pantry.
About Carver Bancorp, Inc.
Carver Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for Carver Federal Savings Bank, a federally chartered stock savings bank, founded in 1948 to serve African-American communities whose residents, businesses and institutions had limited access to mainstream financial services. Carver, the largest African- and Caribbean-American run bank in the United States, operates ten full-service branches in the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. For further information, please visit the Company’s website at www.carverbank.com.