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Mar 28, 2020

Knights of Columbus and Taliercio’s Combine Forces to Feed the Elderly

By Melissa Acquaviva

Colin Casey, district deputy of the Knights of Columbus, is long accustomed to helping his community, and a pandemic of this magnitude has not changed his focus. With the help of his many Knights within his district, they are doing what they can to help those who need it most.

Bob Shearer, Red Bank 525 Grand Knight, and other district Knights of Columbus have been working closely with Casey and area churches such as St. Anthony of Padua and St. James in Red Bank to make sure the needs of their senior citizen congregants and family members are met during this time.

The churches have been communicating with the Knights of Columbus, as well as posting on their websites and Facebook pages, the needs they have at the moment. Although in the past, Knights would focus their initiatives with the Catholic Church, during this time of crisis, there is no religion or faith that is not deserving of help, and Casey said he and the volunteers are determined to help.

“Councils service parishes, but in this instance, we are serving people who are various faiths, not just Catholic,” said Casey.

The Knights of Columbus are fulfilling a number of requests and tasks for the community, such as grocery and supply shopping for the elderly, but also picking up prescriptions and medical supply needs at pharmacies.

“The seniors are staying home thereby limiting risk to them,” Casey explained. “We also pick-up meals for people who can afford them but cannot leave their homes during this crisis.”

Taliercio’s Ultimate Gourmet employees

One of the biggest concerns is making sure the elderly are being fed and not going without hot meals. Casey reached out to longtime fellow community member Stephen Taliercio for his help here.

Taliercio, owner of Taliercio’s Ultimate Gourmet in Middletown, has always been a pillar of the community. So when the call came in from Casey during this unprecedented time, Taliercio answered.

“Taliercioโ€™s has been more than generous supplying food to seniors who are in need,” Casey said. “As people reach out to the Knights, we reach out to Steve Taliercio.”

Taliercio and his hardworking team of employees have been working tirelessly for more than a week, coordinating with the Knights in preparing hot meals and food. Their good work is primarily to help those who are most vulnerable of COVID-19, the elderly. And when the supplies and foods are prepared and ready, the Knights are there for delivery.

The Journal would like to thank the Knights of Columbus, Taliercio’s and all small businesses that are doing their part in donating and helping the community during this time.