Natalia Sishodia Joins Team of Volunteers at Lower Manhattan Emergency Food Assistance Program

A keen supporter of a number of local, national and international charities, Natalia Sishodia has recently donated to organizations and fundraising efforts such as Save the Children and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's Cycle for Survival event.

Now, in an ongoing show of kindness and generosity, the New York-based realter with Brown Harris Stevens Residential has committed a portion of her free time to volunteer at Trinity Church Wall Street's Brown Bag Lunch Ministry.

Feeding those in need in Lower Manhattan, the initiative provides emergency food assistance in the form of brown bag lunches, packed and distributed by volunteers such as Natalia Sishodia.

While Lower Manhattan may not immediately seem like an area or community in need of such assistance, both Natalia Sishodia and Trinity Church Wall Street insist that this is not the case. "Since the Brown Bag Lunch Ministry began, the program has been regularly serving around 800 people each month, all in need of emergency food assistance," explains Sishodia.

The program enlists the help of volunteers from Trinity Church Wall Street's congregation, its staff and a number of community partners. These community partners also assist in addressing the underlying factors surrounding Lower Manhattan's current situation as it pertains to poverty and food insecurity.

Trinity Church Wall Street, through the Brown Bag Lunch Ministry, offers emergency food assistance seven days a week from St. Paul's Chapel. An active part of the Parish of Trinity Church, St. Paul's is an Episcopal chapel located on Broadway, between Fulton Street and Vesey Street. At over 250 years old, and nicknamed "The Little Chapel That Stood," St. Paul's is the oldest surviving church building in Manhattan.

Of her support for the Brown Bag Lunch Ministry, Sishodia explains, "It's a great cause, operating close to where I have a current listing and my daughter’s school. Trinity Church Wall Street and the Brown Bag Lunch Ministry serve to provide much-needed nutrition to those who are struggling with food insecurity, in an effort to improve general health and wellness in the Lower Manhattan area. It gives a positive boost of energy seeing and assisting in feeding over 100 people for lunch. I highly encourage my colleagues and friends to volunteer for the Brown Bag. "

Trinity Church Wall Street is well-known for its social action and social justice programs. "Alongside the Brown Bag Lunch Ministry, other programs include Art As Advocacy and Church Meets City," points out Sishodia.

Art As Advocacy sees the church sponsor art installations and exhibitions which have a strong social justice component. Meanwhile, Church Meets City is an initiative which seeks to address the growing needs of those living in the Lower Manhattan area by raising awareness, connecting individuals to services and developing relationships between service providers and those who need them.

To find out more about Trinity Church Wall Street, the Brown Bag Lunch Ministry and the church's other initiatives, or to register as a volunteer, visit

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