Pastor Edwin Malave had invested his life savings into starting a Christian bookstore and cafe at the front of his church. Sandy hit a month before he was supposed to open. With flood waters reaching five feet, all the appliances and equipment he had purchased were destroyed. Instead of abandoning the space altogether, Pastor Malave turned the would-be-cafe into a food pantry, and is now distributing donated foods to 200 families every day.
A grant from Robin Hood covers Pastor Malave’s costs for three months. He’s building new relationships with foundations, so the food pantry can become a permanent resource for families in Coney Island.