Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen

Fast-a-thon FAQs

In Uncategorized on September 19, 2013 at 9:41 pm

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I can’t fast on November 20th, can I participate another day?
Yes! If November 20th doesn’t work for you, you can simply choose another day to fast.

How long do I have to go with only one meal?
The official Fast-a-thon hours run from 6am on the day of your fast to 12:01am the next day. You can enjoy your meal any time during that time. Please make sure to drink lots of fluids while you are fasting – water, tea, coffee, juices and sodas are all allowed!

Do I have to eat my meal at a certain time on the day of the fast?
No – you can eat your meal at any time during that period.

Do I have to eat certain food for my meal?
We don’t have any specific requirements but we suggest that you use the soup kitchen menu as a guide. Some favorites that we regularly serve are rotisserie chicken, whole wheat spaghetti with meat sauce or meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy. We always serve fresh vegetables and fruit for dessert so don’t scrimp on nutrients on the day.

Can I eat my meal at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen that day?
Yes, on November 20th we’ll be serving a special Fast-a-thon meal from 5:30pm –  7pm or you can also eat here during regular soup kitchen hours (10:30am – 12:30pm). We’ll also make our recipe available online, so you can cook your fast-a-thon meal at home.

I have special dietary requirements, can I take part?
Sure! You can simple make a meal that suits your diet. If you have a pre-existing medical condition we suggest you check in with your doctor before signing up.

I don’t want to fast – can I do something else to fundraise?
Of course! You can raise funds in any way you’d like for the soup kitchen. Some people raise money on our behalf through sponsored runs, cycles and walks. Others ask friends and family to make donations to us in lieu of holiday gifts, birthdays or even wedding presents. The choice is yours and you can be as creative as you like!

Where is Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen?
We’re at 296 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10001, at 28th Street. We serve in the nave of the landmark Holy Apostles church.

How many meals do you serve at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen?
We serve over 1,000 meals every day to hungry New Yorkers. We are the biggest soup kitchen in New York City and in 30 years of service we have never turned anyone away.

How much of the funds raised go to help hungry people?
We’re using Causevox to raise money online because they have very low fees for processing payments – 96.75 cents of every $1 you raise will go to the soup kitchen to directly help hungry people.

How much should I ask people to donate?
We’ve found that asking for specific amounts can help. Letting your friends and family know that $28 buys a meal for a guest for a month and $65 buys a meal for a family for a month helps people to understand where their donations will go. Last year, some of our fundraisers also had success asking people to donate the price of a recent meal they had eaten out at a restaurant together.

Some people don’t like to donate over the internet, can I raise funds another way?
Yes! Call us at (212) 924-0167 to ask for a paper sponsorship pack and we’ll be happy to send one to you.

Can I volunteer on the day of the Fast-a-thon?
Volunteering opportunities are available for teams and individuals taking part in the Fast-a-thon on November 20th. For more information on volunteering on the day contact Brooke Wiese at bwiese@holyapostlesnyc.org

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