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Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens Provides 145 Meals to Families for Thanksgiving

November 23, 2023

ASTORIA – Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens (VBGCQ) packaged 145 meals for families to prepare and serve this Thanksgiving holiday. Turkeys were donated by Queens Together, a not-for-profit organization which helps feed people facing food and economic insecurity, and Mega Contracting Group. Each packaged bag included cranberry sauce, stuffing, canned vegetables, a cooking pan, a no-bake cheesecake, sparkling juice, and gravy. Sample recipe cards were also part of the distribution package.

Volunteers from VBGCQ, New York Power Authority and Hydro-Quebec came out on November 21, to help pack up the bags and have them ready for distribution to families the next day. Reusable tote bags were generously provided by GrubHub, New York Power Authority, TD Bank, Amazin’ Mets Foundation, Con Edison and Beacon Wind.

“Variety is so grateful to all our partners for their continued support of our efforts to bring families a full Thanksgiving meal they can prepare and enjoy,” said Andy Rodriguez, VBGCQ Executive Director. “We want to bring families together this holiday season and through meaningful partnerships we have been able to make this a reality.”

Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens packaged 145 meals for families to prepare and serve this Thanksgiving holiday. (Photo: Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens)

“Thanks to our volunteers, community partners like the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens, and sponsors such as Hydro Quebec and Steven Cohen of the New York Mets, our team will help 4,000 families prepare their holiday meals this Thanksgiving,” said Jonathan Forgash, Executive Director of Queens Together. “We wish everyone a wonderful and delicious holiday season.”

“We at Mega are thrilled to support the Variety Boys and Girls Club and their efforts in delivering Thanksgiving meals to our Astoria community. We wish everyone Happy Holidays!” said Hercules Argyriou, Vice President of Mega Contracting Group.

“We appreciate our partners at Variety Boys and Girls Club, and their efforts to bring Thanksgiving meals to community members,” said Richard David, Con Edison’s Director of Queens Regional and Community Affairs.

“Thanksgiving is a special time for the community to come together to celebrate our bonds and show our thanks to one another. Hydro-Quebec and the CHPE project are happy to help our brothers and sisters in need enjoy a meal with their families,” said Peter Rose, Senior Director, Hydro-Quebec.

Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens packaged 145 meals for families to prepare and serve this Thanksgiving holiday. (Photo: Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens)

“Having been an active volunteer with the Variety Boys and Girls Club for the past seven years and seeing the positive impact the club has on its members and the community, it was a no-brainer for Grubhub to support the Thanksgiving meal giveaway,” said Brett Swanson, Head of Community Affairs at Grubhub. “We wish everyone a very happy holiday season!”

The Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens is the largest youth development organization in Western Queens, serving more than 4,000 young people every year. An anchor in the Astoria/Long Island City community since 1955, VBGCQ offers children a safe haven to learn, play, and grow into tomorrow’s leaders. The Club’s 30,000 square foot facility is open to the community seven days a week and includes an indoor swimming pool, makerspace lab, computer room, teaching kitchen, gym, auditorium, art studio, dance studio, film studio, and outdoor playground.

Variety also operates after school programming at five schools throughout Western Queens. Participant families from all sites were selected to be recipients of the Thanksgiving meals.

More information is available online: https://bgcqueens.org.

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