Published On: Wed, May 28th, 2014

Do Your Part: Celebrate Puerto Rican Culture & Feed Families

“De donde come uno, comen muchos”

My Grandmother (Mama) never knew what food insecurity was until she came to NYC. The daughter of the only butcher in Puerta de Tierra (San Juan) there was always an abundance of food around. If you walked down the street and suddenly had a sweet tooth, one could just reach up and pick a mango off a tree.

These were very sad moments Mama endured when she arrived to New York with an infant in her arms. That infant, Carmen Gloria… my mom knew food insecurity at a very young age. That means Mama and Mami often went thru a day not knowing when their next meal was coming from. This is an important pivot in Mama’s life for as long as I knew her, she could not stand to see anyone go hungry. If you were her neighbor you always had a plate of food to eat. I have talked about Mama’s activism in my own bio… she dedicated her life to helping the elderly and ran the Meals on Wheels program that served the elderly food insecure in Brownsville, Ocean Hill, Bushwick and East New York for over 30 years.  Mama is like many mothers and ‘welas out there, food insecurity was not part of their life back in Puerto Rico during that time. They still feel like it should not be that way today. “De donde come uno, comen muchos”


The National Puerto Rican Parade Committee is hosting   Bronx Cultural Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 11:00am – 4:00pm on 152nd Street between Jackson and Union Avenue, Bronx, NY 10455. This festival featuring Choco Orta & Johnny Olivo Con Su Herencia De Plena has been a staple of cultural celebration in the Bronx since 1995. This is an outdoor family affair lined with kiosks from Puerto Rican Comida Tipica (typical food) and arts & crafts to promotional sponsors and musical groups for a fun-filled day of entertainment.

In my opinion… this is the most important part of this celebration!

This year… it is going to be different. This year the committee has partnered with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York to conduct a food drive and is encouraging YOU to join us for the party but also to contribute non-perishable items. Goya Foods has pledged to match donations collected with up to 5,000 pounds of product. Donations will go to Latino communities to help fight food insecurity. It is estimated that nationally, 1 in 5 American Children Struggle With Hunger… that number is sure to be higher in some of the communities we serve.

Do your part… help us celebrate the most beautiful part of Puerto Rican culture, Familiarismo, and lets help end hunger one pound of food at a time.

For more info about the festival or to RSVP on Facebook  click here now


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Do Your Part: Celebrate Puerto Rican Culture & Feed Families