Hour Children

by Leah Butz
Hour Children
36-11 12th St
Long Island City
Secondary Address
Hour Children Food Pantry
11th Street between 36th and 37th Avenues
Long Island City, NY 11106
Phone Number
(718) 433-4724
Director, Manager or CEO
Sister Tesa Fitzgerald
Mission Statement
To help incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children successfully rejoin the community, reunify with their families, and build healthy, independent and secure lives.
Community members served per month
More than 500 each month
Number of staff/employees
Annual Budget
$4,100,000 (organization)
Year Started
Major Funders
Hour Children is funded by private donations, foundations, and state and local government. Many programs, and our pantry in particular, benefit from support and collections from many area churches, schools, and civic organizations.
Latest Projects
Our 30th Anniversary Gala takes place on November 6th. We have also recently expanded our Teen Scene program from one evening per week, to five days per week.
Interesting Fact
Hour Children’s client-choice Food Pantry provides food to about 9000 people each year. With support from Just Food and United Way, the Hour Children food pantry serves as a Local Produce Link site (connecting local farmers to pantries operating in underserved NYC neighborhoods). As a result, hundreds of pounds of fresh, organic vegetables are distributed to our clients each summer and fall. The pantry hosts monthly cooking demonstrations from organizations including Just Food, Food Bank of NYC, and City Harvest.
Areas Served
Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens
Core Programs
Food related: Pantry, CSA, cooking workshops, SNAP screening.
Community-based programs include: transitional and permanent supportive housing; a comprehensive employment training and placement program; case management and therapeutic services; pre- and post-release adult mentoring; mentoring for children with incarcerated parents; child care that includes a fully-licensed daycare center and an after-school program that enables mothers to go to work or school, three thrift shops; a teen program, and a community food pantry. In-prison programming includes: transportation and visitation services; parenting education; mental health support for women, children and families; a Teen Program; advocacy; and a residential Nursery unit. Services are provided at the Bedford Hill Correctional Facility, the Taconic Correctional Facility, as well as at Riker’s Island.
Major Issues
Advocacy-Community, Food Assistance Programs (SNAP/WIC/EBT), Food Pantry
Hours of Operation
Food Pantry Distribution: Mondays, 2:00 - 4:00 Tuesdays, 10:30 - 12:30 Thursdays, 3:00 - 5:00
Frequently used hashtags
#SeeUsSupportUs #Queens#queens #nyc #hourchildren
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