A Hungry City: Food Insecurity in New York

Common Grounds Conversation, Tuesday November 8, 5:30 PM,

McShane Campus Center, Room 311

Please join our community partners Jack Marth from POTS, and Cassandra Agredo from Xavier Mission, as they discuss food insecurity in NYC and the impact of Covid 19, current efforts to address it, the effect of the influx of migrants to the city, hunger on campus, ways to help, and more.

This is a recording of the webinar:
A Hungry City: Food Insecurity in New York

Hunger is a feeling you get when you haven’t eaten. It’s a physical feeling of discomfort, while food insecurity is an economic condition.

When someone is food insecure, it means they don’t have the means to access enough nutritious food on a regular basis. In food-insecure households, people often make choices between getting only what they can afford – which is usually cheap and/or nutrient-deficient – or skipping meals. Living in an extended state of food insecurity can have negative impacts on physical, emotional, social, and mental well-being.

Food insecurity is strongly associated with a higher risk of depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders. For depression and anxiety, food-insecure individuals have almost a threefold risk increase compared to food-secure individuals.

What can be done?  Get involved in our community to learn more about efforts to address food insecurity and engage directly with people experiencing food insecurity. 

Sign up with the Pedro Arrupe Volunteers PAV Fall 2022 Sign Up

Volunteer at POTS Bronx

Volunteer at Xavier Mission NYC

Volunteer at Port Authority Team TLC Bus Greeters 

Contribute to the Fordham University Annual Food Drive which will benefit community partners addressing food insecurity including POTS,  Xavier Mission , Carver Center Portchester, Creston Avenue Baptist Soup Kitchen, Our Lady of Mercy Church, and Church of St. Paul the Apostle.

Food Insecurity is a real threat to the success of our students on campus.  It is estimated that more than one in three students experience food insecurity on college campuses. Students experiencing food insecurity have a higher risk of depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders. Aramark has added guest meals at no cost to student Unlimited and Weekly meal plans that can be donated to a fund for distribution to students experiencing food insecurity.  These meals expire at the end of the semester, but never expire once donated Guest meal donation form.

Students experiencing food insecurity can email Campus Ministry Rose Hill, cm@fordham.edu or Lincoln Center, campusminlc@fordham.edu.

If you don’t have a meal plan and want to support students, you can donate to the Student Emergency Fund.

Additional resources for those experiencing food insecurity:

Part of the Solution in the Bronx has a food pantry (Webster Avenue) but they also offer assistance in signing up for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), WIC (Women, Infants, Children) and other Federal benefits you can email infomation@potsbronx.org or call (718) 220-4892 x 101 to request assistance. 

Map of NYC food pantries and soup kitchens

Bronx Impact Resource guide

FOOD HELP NYC

Hunger Free NYC

Hunger Solutions NY

Relief Efforts For Hurricane Fiona

Dear Members of the Fordham Community,

How may we respond to the suffering and privation that natural disasters inflict upon our human family? Hurricane Fiona has just devastated large parts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Almost five years to the day after Hurricane Maria left death and destruction in its wake, and not having completely
recovered from it, the people of Puerto Rico are yet again facing untold grief and enormous challenges.

In looking for ways to stand in solidarity with our suffering sisters and brothers, our Fordham community wishes to begin with those closest home. Many of our students come from or have families in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. We want to first extend practical support and assistance to them in their
time of anxiety and grief. Please contact Campus Ministry, Counseling and Psychological Services, or University Health Services.

As a Catholic and Jesuit university, we are a community of faith in action. I ask that we lift up in prayer all those in the affected areas to make their struggles our own. We will also take up collections at Sunday Masses to contribute to their recovery through humanitarian relief agencies that are responding to this crisis. You may also give directly to the agencies listed below.

With gratitude for your generosity,

José Luis Salazar, S.J.
Executive Director of Campus Ministry

Agencies responding to Hurricane Fiona:
Catholic Charities
Puerto Rico National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)
The Hispanic Federation
International Medical Corps
Direct Relief
Diaspora for Puerto Rico

Community Resources

Counseling and Psychological Services

Lincoln Center
140 West 62nd Street, Room G-02
Phone: (212) 636-6225

Rose Hill
O’Hare Hall, Basement
Phone: (718) 817-3725

Campus Ministry

Rose Hill
Campus Center | CMCE Suite 215
Phone: (718) 817-4500
cm@fordham.edu

Lincoln Center
Lowenstein 217
Phone: (212) 636-6267
campusminlc@fordham.edu

University Health Services

health@fordham.edu
Lincoln Center: (212) 636-7160
Rose Hill: (718) 817-4160

Relief Efforts For Hurricane Ian

Dear Members of the Fordham Community,

Hurricane Ian just swept through southwest Florida and is now regaining strength as it heads northeast towards South Carolina. While this life-threatening weather event is not over yet, its aftermath is already being described as catastrophic destruction, historic damage, record rainfall and massive flooding. The humanitarian challenges are all too evident.

Before the flood waters recede and the headlines change, I am appealing yet again for your generous response to our sisters and brothers whose lives and homes have been so violently disrupted. Let our Fordham community of faith shine the light of hope in their time of suffering and darkness. We can support rescue and relief efforts by praying and by giving to Church collections or directly to the agencies listed below.

With gratitude for your generosity,

José Luis Salazar, S.J.
Executive Director of Campus Ministry

Relief Efforts for Hurricane Ian:

Catholic Charities

American Red Cross | Ian Relief

On-Campus Resources

Counseling and Psychological Services

Lincoln Center
140 West 62nd Street, Room G-02
Phone: (212) 636-6225

Rose Hill
O’Hare Hall, Basement
Phone: (718) 817-3725

Campus Ministry

Rose Hill
Campus Center | CMCE Suite 215
Phone: (718) 817-4500
cm@fordham.edu

Lincoln Center
Lowenstein 217
Phone: (212) 636-6267
campusminlc@fordham.edu

University Health Services

health@fordham.edu
Lincoln Center: (212) 636-7160
Rose Hill: (718) 817-4160

Volunteer opportunities and resources following Intersection of Migration and Homelessness Program

Mary Owens, Director of 30th Street Mens Shelter Assessment and Jairo Gúzman, President of the Mexican Coalition, provided an overview from the perspective of the agencies and not-for-profits on the recent influx of migrants that have been bused from the US – Mexico border to NYC. 

Following the Common Grounds Conversations on September 15, additional resources and information was requested by the attendees and viewers and is provided below:

Update 10.15.22: over 17,000 migrants, many fleeing Venezuela’s economic collapse, have arrived in NYC since April. Mayor Eric Adams has declared a state of emergency to open emergency relief centers more quickly.

To address the immediate needs of the migrants, you can volunteer at Port Authority with Team TLC NYC, greet new arrivals and distribute necessities.

To volunteer at Port Authority Team TLC Bus Greeters  

Team TLC NYC is requesting clothing and toiletry donations. The most requested items by new arrivals are:

New socks and underwear for men, women and children. Toiletries-priority deodorant, collected in Campus Ministry offices LL217 and McShane 215

Clean jeans, sweats, coats and shoes – priority men and reusable bags, or backpacks.

You can also donate clothing or toiletries for our new neighbors, MC Amazon wish list.  These items will be delivered directly to the Coalition or items might be dropped off to their offices:

371 East 150th Street Bronx, NY 10455 (next to the Immaculate Conception Church)

Volunteers are needed for translational services, to teach ESL, citizenship classes, and at their Welcome Center. Additionally, grant writers are urgently needed to secure funds for future programming. Any form of help is greatly appreciated. Learn more about Volunteer Opportunities with the Mexican Coalition. To volunteer with the Mexican Coalition, email Jairo Guzman: jguzman@coalicionmexicana.org or info@coalicionmexicana.or

Additionally, the Pedro Arrupe Volunteers led a Midnight Run from both campuses on 9/22 and prepared toiletry kits, meals, and distributed clothing to 80 individuals, engaging directly with those experiencing houselessness in NYC. We appreciate the generosity of those we encountered in sharing their names and stories, and the time they spent with us which was truly impactful.

Register on the PAV Sign-up for other upcoming projects.

Recording of our Intersection of Migration and Houselessness webinar from 9/15 is available now!

Women’s History Month Highlight

In honor of Women’s History Month, we are connecting with some of Fordham’s incredible female community partners. Meet Women Making History, and read on to learn what they love about their jobs and their advice for young people.


This week’s spotlight is on Stephanie Ashley Caban from Part of the Solution. We asked Stephanie a series of questions about her work. Check out her responses below!

Who you are, where do you work, what do you do?

My name is Stephanie Ashley Caban (she/her) and I am the Volunteer Coordinator at POTS (Part of the Solution) on Webster Avenue.

What do you love about your job? What would you want to share about your work? What should we know about your work?

I love the community aspect of my job. So many people come and go and to be a part of people’s lives, no matter how small, is a privilege. I love being with community members and focusing on their paths, and mostly just being friends with everyone. I would love to share how honored I feel to be a member of this community, to be a Bronxite, because The Bronx is filled with a lot of laughter and also a lot of resilience. You should know that I don’t do this work because it’s rewarding. I don’t see that getting a paycheck because poverty exists is rewarding, but I see this work as something that must be done with a justice-filled lens. 

Advice for young women/people?

It’s hard to talk when people interrupt you, so feel free to memorize phrases like, “I wasn’t done with my thought,” or “I actually wasn’t done so I’m going to finish my sentence.” Your voice is significant , and I’ll be damned if anyone thinks otherwise. 

Cassandra Agredo from Xavier Mission

Who you are, where do you work, what do you do?

I’m Cassandra Agredo and I’m the Executive Director of Xavier Mission, a for-impact organization in Manhattan providing basic needs services and opportunities for self-sufficiency and self-empowerment. I graduated from FCLC in 2004 with a BS in Psychology and a Bachelor of Social Work. I then attended the Fordham Graduate School of Social Service and graduated with a Masters in Social Work in 2006. I started working for St. Francis Xavier Church as the Director of Outreach in July of 2006. In 2012 the outreach programs of the church were incorporated as a separate for-impact (non-profit) organization, Xavier Mission, and I was named Executive Director. I oversee all aspects of the organization, including fundraising and development, communications and marketing, program development, finances, and human resources. 

What do you love about your job? What would you want to share about your work? What should we know about your work?

What I love the most about my job is the people that I get to work with. My team is incredible – they work so hard each and every day to make the world a better place. They show up, even when things in their own lives are tough, to reach out a hand with compassion and understanding to others who are struggling. I love connecting with people who reach out for help and getting to know them and hear their stories. Every story gives me a better understanding of the world and of human behavior. I’m constantly learning and I’m so grateful to our guests for teaching me. 

Something to know about the work that I do is that it shouldn’t be necessary. There is no reason on earth why every single person shouldn’t have enough food to eat, a safe place to live, and a decent job that pays a living wage and enables them to afford all of their basic needs. No one should have to depend on the kindness of strangers to determine whether or not their children go to bed hungry at night. Greed, selfishness, and a total lack of political will to make changes to the systems that oppress people are the reasons why I have a job. We all have a role to play in changing these systems and we all have a responsibility to play that role. 

Who inspires you?

The Xavier Mission team inspires me with their generosity and humility to be a better leader, and a more empathetic social worker. Our guests, with their perseverance and determination to survive, even in the face of immense obstacles, inspire me to be strong and to keep fighting for justice and equity. My kids inspire me to find the joy in life and to not take any of the wonderful things I have for granted. 

Advice for young women/people?

My advice to young people, but to women especially, is to remember to strive for balance. No single person can save the world. No person is perfect. As women, we are often expected to carry an inordinate amount of responsibility – for work, for family, for personal success – on our shoulders, and it’s a toxic and unrealistic expectation. We need to remember to look for joy where we can, to take care of ourselves (and not just so that we can take care of others, but simply because we are important too!), and to set boundaries and realistic expectations for ourselves and for others. Strive for excellence and do the best that you can do in all things, but be kind to yourself and remember that you are beautiful and worthy of love and support. 

Anything else you would like to share?

I’m truly grateful for all of the support that we receive from our community, volunteers, donors, and community partners who make it possible to keep providing services, and who also understand the larger societal issues at play. We couldn’t do this work without them!

Jumelia Abrahamson from University Neighborhood Housing Program (UNHP)

Who are you, where do you work, what do you do?

Jumelia Abrahamson, Director of Programs at University Neighborhood Housing Program (UNHP), a community-based nonprofit based in the northwest Bronx. In my role I have the pleasure to engage with NYC residents, local organizations, banks and many interns and volunteers who make our service work possible.

I was raised in the Bronx and I’m honored to continue to work for (and with) the people that live in these same neighborhoods. Since the start of the pandemic UNHP’s programming has been offered virtually – over zoom meetings, emails and text conversations. During this time, I’ve worked closely with our staff, partners and student volunteers to ensure our program users continue to benefit from our services (despite everyone having different comfort with technology). It’s also important for us that our families can receive reliable information especially as it relates to Covid relief programs and securing affordable housing for themselves and their household – all which became more urgent as they had to social distance and share crowded spaces with children that participated in remote school.  

What do you love about your job? What would you want to share about your work? What should we know about your work?

I’m passionate about sharing financial resources with our community and ensuring that those that call the Bronx home, can lead full and unrestrictive lives, especially as it relates to opportunities around education, food, health, housing, jobs, retirement and financial goals.  The current economy and tax system is more complex for low income families and this is by design. I love to contribute to these systemic problems, even if it’s in a small way, but my contribution is guided by a multi-level view from my own work with people, government agencies and financial institutions/regulators.  I love that this position allows me the ability to witness immediate progress – like a tax filer receiving a much needed tax refund, a family being approved for a benefit program – while also being able to work towards larger advocacy goals that make NYC more equitable for all. I love that I’m surrounded by a group of people that are always ready to remind the world that the Bronx is “deserving” and that we can do better with the policies to support low income families and people of color. And I love that 13 years in, I’m still excited to work towards these disparities – credit inequity in ‘banking deserts’, tax breaks for mixed status immigrant families who are NYC essential workers, proper vehicles and products for low income families to build generational wealth and non predatory ways to access tax credits/deductions.

Who inspires you?

Our program users and their resilience inspires me- the low income earners that manage to fund their child’s college dream, the senior on a fixed income who properly budgets to never miss a bill, the entrepreneurial families that have multiple side hustles to make ends meet – and their collective dreams to provide a better financial future for the next generation, makes me hopefully that people of color and low income earners can live with dignity in this economy. I’m inspired by the many leaders in the Northwest Bronx and their own individual stories – past and present. The many local orgs that are driven by mission not profit. My colleagues, many who have been great mentors and have poured so much into this fight. And I’m inspired by the energy of recent college grads that are ready to bring new perspectives and technology, as a way to level the playfield.  

Advice for young women/people?

As a college student, take the time to walk the Bronx, visit local parks, eat at mom and pop restaurants, go to the Zoo and the Botanical Garden (remember they offer free admission on certain days). Allow yourself to ‘people watch’ and fall in love with life outside of the Rose Hill Campus. You’ll be surprised by how much you learn about yourself and your passions. You don’t need to have everything figured out. Not having an answer or asking others for help is not a sign of weakness, tap into the power of community, you become a better leader by it – so stay connected to your peers, colleagues and family members.

Catherine Clark from University Neighborhood Housing Program (UNHP)

Catherine Clarke, Director of Development at UNHP

Who you are, where do you work, what do you do?

My name is Catherine Clarke and I am the Director of Development at a community-based Bronx organization called University Neighborhood Housing Program (UNHP). Born in Brooklyn, I graduated from Fordham as an urban studies major and began my Bronx community development career. I have worked in this corner of the northwest Bronx since I graduated in 1983 – as a merchant organizer, vacant building renovation manager, community reinvestment staff and now as a grant writer. I was inspired by the Bronx of the early 80s and desired to be part of the grass roots community-based revitalization work that was going on during a time of decline, vacant buildings and disinvestment by both the public and private sectors in NYC and the Bronx. UNHP works to create and preserve affordable housing and bring resources to our community. I help raise money for our work, communicate our mission and am part of our direct service team with Jumelia Abrahamson.

What do you love about your job? What would you want to share about your work? What should we know about your work?

One thing I love about my job is the sense of history and experience I have after more than 30 years working in the Bronx. Working in community development – I have been lucky enough to see Bronx leaders fight for bank reinvestment, building renovation and community development and then see the lending, building and growth of Bronx community groups. I saw the work of community organizers with great Bronx leaders make change happen in the 80s and 90s. In 2022, I still get to see new efforts to make sure Bronx residents have a decent, affordable place to live in a thriving, safe community and have a connection to current Bronx residents. That is a privilege. While I have seen so many improvements in the Bronx over the years, I have also seen an increase in inequities. When I started working affordability of apartments was not an issue – the conditions of buildings, the many vacant buildings and disinvestment by banks was the problem. Today Bronx residents are under so much pressure – rising rents, stagnant wages, fixed incomes, real estate speculation and the lending entities that finance it and then all the financial services that prey on people who are struggling to get by. I get to see first-hand that lower-income Black and Hispanic families in the Bronx have the cards stacked against them. There is a lot of work happening to address that inequity – but it is going to take much more work to make a change.

Who inspires you?

Jumelia, our Director of Programs and all the young people I work with inspire me with their enthusiasm and hope. My boss, Jim inspires me as well as other long-time Bronx champions, who still believe that change can happen if the people affected by the issues can be empowered. The Bronx leaders I met early on in my career inspired me with their commitment to fight for their neighborhood and against redlining and unfair practices that excluded Bronx neighborhoods from public and private investment. The Bronx people I have been able to meet and get to know still inspire me – as they meet many challenges to provide for themselves and their families and still can share a laugh and a story.

Advice for young women/people?

I became an urban studies major because I was excited about the work of community groups to improve the Bronx.  It certainly didn’t seem like I could have a career in that kind of work – but it did become my career. My advice – Start with what excites you and the path will open.

Olga Baez from Strive Higher

Who you are, where do you work, what do you do?

I am a first generation college graduate, and the first in my family to pursue a master’s degree and start a nonprofit. I am a Bronx native and a mom. I currently work in the office of Residential Life and run a Bronx based nonprofit called StriveHigher Inc.  Through my nonprofit I provide educational programs that empower and prepare students to reach their full potential.

What do you love about your job? What would you want to share about your work? What should we know about your work?

The work that I do focuses on providing programs that educate, empower, and encourage students to become well rounded individuals. We create fun, intentional programs and events that expose students to a variety of experiential learning experiences, skills, and professionals. Due to the low Bronx literacy rates and low number of books at home, we also strive to provide access to free books through tabling in the community and hosting read alouds while giving away free books.  What I love the most about my work is the privilege that I have to help impact a student’s or family’s life. I see it as planting seeds that will continue to flourish in the future.  I also love fostering relationships with families and being a resource for them. I believe that when we help one another we truly make our communities better. Our reading buddy program has helped students increase their reading skills and confidence. Just within a year, many students have moved up several reading levels and improved their reading skills. That program could not happen without the amazing reading buddy volunteers who make it the successful program that it is. Thank you to our Fordham reading buddy volunteers!

Who inspires you?

People who persevere through life inspire me. There are so many incredible stories of people who experience some very difficult times but still manage to get through it and continue moving forward.  

Advice for young women/people?

My advice would be to remember that everything in life is about what we prioritize. Make time for the things and the people that bring you joy! 

Anything else you would like to share?

Whenever possible, please volunteer. It’s an easy way to make a big impact. 

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Ven con nosotros a caminar, Santa Maria, ven!

Come, accompany us on our journey, Blessed Mary, come!

Friday, Dec. 10th. 

LINCOLN CENTER 

Bilingual Mass

Presider: Rev. Johnathan Castelblanco, S.J.

12:00 Noon. 

Blessed Rupert Mayer, S.J. Chapel (LL-221)

Light reception to follow.

ROSE HILL

Bilingual Mass

Presider: Rev. Vincent Marchionni, S.J. 

12:15 p.m. 

University Church

Light reception to follow.

Office of Campus Ministry

Ignatian Day of Service

Saturday, September 18th from 11 AM to 3 PM

Join us in service and solidarity with Bronx is Blooming.

Registration is required. Sign up here!

Meet on the University Church Plaza.

This event is sponsored by Campus Ministry, Center for Community Engaged Learning, Manresa Scholars, and Commuter Student Services.

Holy Week 2021

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord | March 28

Blessed Rupert Mayer, S.J. | Lincoln Center Campus

Palm Sunday Mass – 5 PM

Fordham University Church | Rose Hill Campus

Palm Sunday Mass – 11 AM, 5 PM, 8 PM

Sacred Triduum Liturgies

Fordham University Church – Rose Hill Campus

Holy Thursday | April 1

Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7 PM

Good Friday | April 2

Commemoration of the Passion of the Lord – 3 PM

Tenebrae Service – 8 PM

Holy Saturday | April 3

Easter Vigil Mass – 8 PM

Easter Sunday | April 4

Fordham University Church – Rose Hill Campus

Easter Sunday Mass – 11 AM, 2 PM

Blessed Rupert Mayer, SJ. – Lincoln Center Campus

Easter Sunday Mass – 5 PM

Winter Schedule and Updates

Campus Ministry offices at all campuses are being monitored remotely.
To contact the Rose Hill Campus Ministry Office please email: cm@fordham.edu
To contact the Lincoln Center Campus Ministry Office please email: campusminlc@fordham.edu

For the most up to date information about Campus Ministry offices, Mass schedules, and programming please visit the link here.