Send Hot Meals to The Rockaways

There were 38 trays of hot food on Friday, plus over 200 cupcakes. On Saturday, there were eight trays of eggs with cheese and bacon. Another hot breakfast was served on Sunday. On Monday, a big enchilada dinner (pictured above) was served to the large Spanish-speaking population at the Principe de Paz church in Far Rockaway.

For over a week, neighbors Maureen Flaherty and Carol Wei have been providing hot meals and sandwiches to locations in the Rockaways and once to Coney Island. By coordinating with and generous Ditmas Park residents, Carol and Maureen have committed to provide hot meals to Principe de Paz on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until they’re not needed anymore.

“Today I’m volunteering with Team Stroller Patrol,” wrote jesusisjuba, “a group of mums that are super rad and cooking for Principe de Paz in Far Rockaway every day. No power, no heat, no gas, no water in the vicinity. All homemade using donations down to the tomatillo salsa.”

“Over the past week,” writes Maureen, “we’ve delivered over 75 trays of hot meals (we keep forgetting to count), hundreds of cupcakes and baked goods, 300+ sack lunches, cases of dental hygiene kits, and whatever blankets and supplies we could fit in with food.”

As long as the pair can maintain community support, they plan to continue their work until residents in affected areas say that they have all the necessary services required to be self-sufficient.

Carol and Maureen just sent word of what they need now. Remember, their next trip is tomorrow.

• Cash. You can donate on PayPal to
• Costco runners to spend the donations.
• Volunteers to help us cook.
• Hot dishes dropped off ready for delivery.
• Veggies, meats, milk, butter and cheese to round out starches.

If you’re interested in helping out in any way, email

Photo: Julie Barnard