Donning chefs’ hats and aprons, the Brooklyn Nets
— New York’s newest sports team —
visited St. John’s Bread and
Life in Bedford Stuyvesant on November 15 to serve food to and
sign autographs for the agency’s clients.
In partnership with St. John’s University, Bread and Life provides
meals, clothes and other services for the borough’s neediest
residents. The Nets’ full roster was on hand to assist in the
agency’s work, reflecting the community spirit demonstrated by the
team and Barclays Bank — the naming rights partner
of the team’s new arena in Downtown Brooklyn.
“This was a wonderful opportunity for Bread and Life clients to
meet the Nets on a special afternoon,” said Rev. James
Maher, C.M., Executive Vice President for Mission and Student
Services. “One of the missions of St. John’s University is to serve
the underserved, and that couldn’t have been more evident as the
Nets demonstrated a true, first-class approach in taking time out
of their busy schedules to be with us in person.” Fr. Maher also is
Chair of Bread and Life.
Nets stars Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez and Deron Williams — along with
teammates and staff — received a warm welcome. They joined in
conversation and posed for pictures with more than 400 clients who
waited on line for meals that afternoon.
Anthony Butler, Executive Director of St. John’s Bread and Life,
hosted the event and did several media interviews. The event also
attracted press from the YES Network, Fios Network, WCBS-TV,
photographers from New York’s daily newspapers and local Brooklyn
Every day, St. John’s Bread and Life serves more than 2,000 meals
to hungry New Yorkers, providing services at their 795 Lexington
Avenue (Brooklyn) facility and through their Mobile
Soup Kitchen. For many clients, Bread and Life provides
the only meals they have. The agency is dedicated to combating
poverty, helping people attain self sufficiency and educating the
public about assisting those in need.