Sharon McCloskey

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Support Our Back-to-School Drive!

Back to school may look a lot different this year, but the need for essential school supplies remains – all the more so now as families face the increased financial uncertainties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s especially true for the children in our Central Ward neighborhood, where more than 70 percent of students [...]

August 8th, 2020|

Back to the kitchen!

After a long three months of pulling together meals to go at an offsite location, we’re back in our kitchen at St. Ann’s, with Chef Ronney once again cooking up a storm! Our kitchen, dining room, storage area, rest rooms, and remainder of the basement have undergone a deep professional cleaning and a special COVID-19 [...]

June 22nd, 2020|

Faces of Hope

The faces of Franciscan Charities are the faces of hope. Many who come to our door – guests, donors, volunteers – don’t always start out that way. Some are hungry for food, others in need of protection or healing. We got our start in 2004 in response to a call for help. A handful of [...]

May 5th, 2020|

Powered by families

Families are the backbone of our volunteer corps at Franciscan Charities. They get their start simply, with parents bringing a child or two to help prepare and serve meals, read to younger children in our literacy center, work our coat drive or hand out gifts at our holiday toy drive.  Then it grows from there [...]

April 26th, 2020|

Stories of Hope

Easter weekend marked a month since the COVID-19 outbreak shifted our food service operations beyond our soup kitchen, and with it came signs of new help and new hope. Thank you to all those who ushered in the holiday and then launched a new week of needed relief for those in our community: To the [...]

April 18th, 2020|

Joy in the morning: An Easter message from Franciscan Charities

"It is in giving that we receive." Those are the words that adorn the Franciscan Charities signature monk gracing our pages. If ever there was a time that tested those words, it was these past few weeks leading up to Easter. News of the COVID-19 outbreak trickled out at first, then grew along with the [...]

April 11th, 2020|

People are hungry

The days are getting harder. We all know that. Here in the basement of St. Ann’s Church, the kitchen flooded again. The mayor of Newark placed us squarely within one of the city’s three virus “hot zones,” and then days later issued a “shelter in place” order.  Our skeleton crew of staff and volunteers grew [...]

March 28th, 2020|

Meals to Go Update

Meals to Go update! It’s looking like we’re in for a long road ahead trying to keep our folks fed! But look what you’ve done already ! Just today: -- 200 hot meals of Corned beef and potatoes with fresh Irish soda bread -- 175 pantry bags stuffed with food and other items to bring [...]

March 28th, 2020|

Thankful for helping hands

It was water, water everywhere at the soup kitchen yesterday, but plenty to drink for our clients!! A kitchen flood meant no hot food for our Meals to Go, but that didn’t stop our small but mighty team from handing out 225 snack bags and lunch bags with pb&j sandwiches, Irish soda bread, and more. [...]

March 28th, 2020|

Franciscan Charities responds to coronavirus with Meals to Go

Franciscan Charities needs your help. We've been monitoring the response by state and local officials to the coronavirus (COVID-19). In an effort to comply with governmental guidelines and yet fulfill our mission to ensure that all who are hungry are fed, we've closed our soup kitchen dining room and are pivoting to a distribution of [...]

March 15th, 2020|