Charitable Activity of Marth Mariam Samajam Rockland & Upstate New York Area

The Marth Mariam Samajam Rockland & Upstate New York Area, of the Northeast American Diocese, decided to work along with "People to People" of Nanuet.

Area Coordinator, Mrs. Alice Thukalil, and Area Representative, Mrs. Lipsy Mathews facilitated and coordinated efforts for this.

They chose a program designed to alleviate childhood hunger in Rockland County by providing at-risk children with weekend food. The Program provides bags filled with child-friendly, nutritious, easy to prepare, shelf-stable food. Bags are discreetly distributed to participating children on Fridays. Children in need receive healthy breakfast and lunch at school through federally funded programs. However many of these children live in food insecure households where weekend meals may not be available. 95% of the children who attend these programs are at or below the federal poverty level. The majority of them have parents who are working poor.

The parishes of Rockland & Upstate New York area collected the money and shopped for items. On Sunday, May 18, 2014, the members of the various parishes in the area, met at St. Mary's Orthodox Church of Suffern, New York. Marth Mariam Samajam members diligently packed the bags according to the specifications of "People to People".

Bag Contents Included:


  • Oatmeal (2 packs) or single serving Cereal (1 box) 
  • 1 cereal bar or graham crackers 
  • Spaghetti & meatballs or tuna (1 can) 
  • Macaroni & cheese (1 box) 
  • 1 shelf stable milk (plain) 
  • 1 shelf stable milk (chocolate) 
  • 1 juice box Chips or cookies (1 pack) 
  • 1 fresh fruit & 1 fruit cup


100 such bags were filled. The packed bags were delivered to the office of People to People by the Marth Mariam Samajam members the next day. The officials of People to People welcomed us with great enthusiasm and expressed their gratitude towards the Regional Group and to the Northeast Diocese.

News Item provided by Dr. Ammukutty Paulose, Charity Coordinator of the Marth Mariam Samajam Ministry of the Northeast American Diocese.

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