Seaford pantry goes beyond food, focuses on mothers, children – New York News

Silvia Menjivar sometimes had to borrow money to buy diapers and clothing for her four children, because she said the income from her factory job can’t always pay all her bills.


The Central Islip woman was relieved when a friend told her about the Mother and Child Ministry, a recently inaugurated program in Seaford that distributes food, toys, clothes and other items for babies and older children of struggling parents.

“I’m a single mom, and it really helps me,” Menjivar said in Spanish. “Now I have more money to pay the rent and buy more food.”

Officials at the Church of St. Jude, the Episcopal church in Wantagh that runs the program, believe the ministry is the first on Long Island that focuses on babies and toddlers.

“We were looking for something that would complement existing efforts of churches that have food pantries,” said program director Barbara Rice Thompson. “We wanted to fill in the blanks of what they were not focusing on.”

The Rev. Maxine Barnett of St. Jude said targeting babies and mothers in need “is a biblical thing, too, caring for the most vulnerable.”

Rebecca Sanin, president and chief executive of the Melville-based…

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