PARK SLOPE - Park Slope is synonymous with quaint coffee shops, yoga studios and luxury brownstones, but an organization in the area wants to add serving the hungry and homeless to the list.
Members of CHiPS, a nonprofit that stands for Community Help in Park Slope, says they never turn anyone away. They say they will serve anyone who is hungry, breakfast and lunch.
The nonprofit's executive director, Denise Scaravella, says the business has been around for 40 years, and that many of their clients hear about their free food services by word of mouth.
She says the nonprofit has food contracts with United Way, Food Bank and City Harvest. But she says most of their food comes from good neighbors and local businesses in Park Slope.
Scaravella says it takes 120 volunteers a week to keep their services going. She says CHiPS is maintained by community donations and grants, and does not receive any federal, state or city funding.
"Some people say Park Slope is no longer a poor community, well it isn't now, but 40 years ago when we started it was not the same neighborhood," says Scaravella. "The word is there, so the people who live here that are not the poor are helping the people that use to live here that are the poor."
CHiPS also has a food pantry that is open to the public on Fridays.
CHiPS will host a 5K run-and-walk Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in Prospect Park. Scaravella says all proceeds will go directly to feeding the hungry and providing shelter to homeless young women and their babies.