Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Hey there Brooklyn! We are the North Brooklyn Angels, a volunteer-powered, hyper-local, grassroots non-profit that organizes direct action projects to address the many needs that exist in our own backyard: hunger, poverty, homelessness & housing instability.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NEED IN OUR COMMUNITY

We run a mobile soup kitchen, called the Angelmobile, which serves hot lunch 5 days a week at various locations around the neighborhood. We cook all the food for our meals in our community kitchen located in the Mt Carmel Parish Hall. Volunteers prep & cook all the food we serve. Volunteers set up & serve all of our lunches. Volunteers do almost everything from dishes to design. Sometimes, they even drive the truck!! We are always looking for ways neighbors can band together to help & support a neighbor in need.

Bringing a Busload of Help

In order to address the meal gap which exists in our neighborhood, we have built a custom food truck complete with office space that operates as a mobile soup kitchen. Thanks to the generous donations and support of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island and Norm & Elaine Brodsky we built our Angelmobile and have the ability to bring healthy meals and community resources right to the places they are most needed.  Since July 2017, we are serving a hot lunch Monday through Friday at five sites around North Brooklyn. In addition to feeding people, our office area regularly hosts reps from local city council offices, housing counsellors, and healthcare advocates and our community table distributes information & flyers in addition to free clothes, books, toys, and personal hygiene products.

COOKING IT UP IN THE COMMUNITY KITCHEN

Thanks to the generous support from Elaine & Norm Brodsky, Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello, and local restaurateur Josh Cohen, the North Brooklyn Angels are cooking in a brand new kitchen!

Thanks to donations and loans, we have built our community kitchen in the Parish Hall of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Led by our Kitchen Captains, Josh Cohen and Donna Sinetar, volunteers prep and cook 1000 healthy meals a week for our neighbors. The North Brooklyn Angels kitchen is almost always bustling with action and we are always actively recruiting new volunteers to keep the magic working. In addition to prep shifts, we need dishwashers, regular cleaning, inventory, people to transport food donations to our kitchen, and outreach volunteers.

Stop by and say hello at our kitchen or when you see us out in the neighborhood. We look forward to hearing all your idea about how neighbors can help neighbors.

How Can You Help?

Sign up for our email list so you can join us to donate, volunteer, and advocate for our community. Donate because giving is not just for the holiday season as ending hunger is an everyday battle. We don’t receive any government funds, instead fundraising from our generous neighbors and businesses. Volunteer and share your skills with us in direct-action projects to combat food insecurity and address poverty in North Brooklyn. Advocate for your neighbors by spreading the word about our work, learning more about our program and the issues of poverty in North Brooklyn, by following us on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter. Our hunger program is only the beginning; there’s lots more good to do. If there is an issue or an action that you are passionate about then join us to help create a local and loving solution.

Be an Angel

Show some love where you live. Make a donation so we can do even more for our neighbors.

Give Your Time

Our meals are cooked & served by volunteers. Help us feed people or share your skills to promote, fund, and advertise the project.

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Angelmobile Meals

Our Stories

Our goal is to be the gathering point where newer residents join with longtime residents and utilize their creativity, sense of social justice, passion, and skills to aid the disadvantaged members of the North Brooklyn community who are struggling with change. In the process, we hope to demonstrate that the most effective sustainable change occurs when neighbors help neighbors.

Learn about the people in our neighborhood, the projects that are being developed to address issues of concern, and the volunteers that fuel our work.

Did You Know?

Food Insecurity

“When we think of Brooklyn we think of it as a foodie paradise; we think of the beautiful brownstones and we think of the high-rises. And the view from the high-rises is need.” -- Margarette Purvis, CEO NYC Food Bank.

Brooklyn has the highest rate of food insecurity in NYC at 20% of its population

The meal gap reaches a shortfall as high as 11 meals per week in some communities within North Brooklyn

SNAP Benefits Recipients: Bushwick 23,501 households & 42,723 individuals Williamsburg/ Greenpoint 23,204 households & 59,796 individuals

Housing Instability

“Nothing more clearly expresses the inequality gap…than the soaring cost of housing” – Mayor Bill DeBlasio, 2015 State of the City Speech

87,000 New Yorkers applied for 104 subsidized apartments — 836 applicants per unit — in the Domino Sugar Factory redevelopment in Williamsburg

Average rent increases from 1990 to 2010-2014: Brooklyn - 30% Greeenpoint/ Williamsburg - 78.7% Bushwick – 44%

26% of renters in Greenpoint & Williamsburg and 33% of renters in Bushwick have severe rent burden, paying more than 50% of their income

Poverty

“We have more poor people in Brooklyn than the entire population of Detroit; we have more people on food stamps than the entire population of Washington, D.C.,” Gelber said. “Yet there are more wealthy people than in Greenwich, Conn.” –Marilyn Gelber, Brooklyn Community Foundation

In 2013, Brooklyn Community District 1 Greenpoint/ Williamsburg had the highest child poverty rate out of all 59 NYC districts

Nearly 20% of Brooklyn households have an income of $100,000 or more per year; more than 20% of borough residents live in poverty.

In Bushwick, 32% of households fall under the poverty line, making it the 7th poorest neighborhood in NYC. About 75% of the children are born into poverty.

About

The North Brooklyn Coalition of Neighbors Helping Neighbors, otherwise known as the North Brooklyn Angels, is a 501© tax-exempt nonprofit organization.

As North Brooklyn continues to see a blossoming of wealth and buzz with record increases in real estate values and rental prices, million-dollar movie productions, and trendy lifestyle pieces, we must acknowledge that the boom times have not trickled riches down to everyone and all communities. There are many people struggling to make ends meet in our neighborhood. In response to the hunger, poverty, and homelessness that exists in our neighborhood, a group of residents came together to organize the North Brooklyn Angels. Our first project was to build a mobile soup kitchen. It started serving meals in June of 2017. Our second project was to build a community kitchen to cook the food for the Angelmobile. Our kitchen started cooking all the food for the Angelmobile on Jan 2, 2018, Through our hunger program, we are creating a volunteer-powered “busload” of hope, love, and nutrition, serving our needy neighbors at strategic locations around the neighborhood. Additionally, we promote and provide space for the many groups that provide community services in North Brooklyn. Our main goal is to provide ample opportunity for residents to volunteer and help their neighbors, to meet their neighbors, to learn more about their neighbors, to see the different parts of and needs in our neighborhood. We have started by cooking and serving meals, but we have a long list of creative ideas for ways for us to join together and build an equitable community.

 

Leadership

Ryan Kuonen
Ryan Kuonen
Executive Director
Felice Kirby
Felice Kirby
Special Projects Director
Alan Minor
Alan Minor
Digital Director