Sha-Quana on a Mission

March 08, 2024  |  by Cody Gohl   |  

When Sha-Quana was 19, she found herself in a shelter with her baby girl. Times were tough and there were moments when she had only $10 to her name. How would she spend the money? Would she buy a sandwich to feed herself or baby formula for her daughter? You know what choice she made and know that it wasn't a choice at all.

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Sha Quana 20Sha-Quana Cromwell  at Food Bank's Community Kitchen & Food Pantry in Harlem. 

But things started to turn around when Sha-Quana got a job at Food Bank's Community Kitchen in West Harlem. At first, it was just a paycheck, but it soon turned into something more. Helping to prepare hundreds of meals a day for New Yorkers in need brought a light into Sha-Quana's life. As she says, she's now on a mission.

Sha Quana 30Sha-Quana with Food Bank Culinary Manager Chef Sheri. 

To learn more about Sha-Quana and see her in action helping to prepare the hundreds of meals we serve a day at our Community Kitchen, click play below: 








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