CHiPS food pantry aims to bring prominent mural back to community
A Park Slope community organization is looking forward to bringing back a mural that encompassed what the nonprofit and community is all about.
CHiPS is a food pantry, soup kitchen and organization that aims to bring relief to women who have lost their jobs or houses or are distancing from a domestic violence incident. It offers a wide array of services such as counseling, mental health services and food.
“CHiPS are fundamentally responsible for meeting the needs of people,” said Shivonne McKayannam, executive director of the organization. “Not only do we focus on feeding the physical need of the person, but we also feed the spirit and the soul.”
CHiPS been a staple in the community for over 50 years, and the mural that stood high at 200 Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn is something it says brought the community together and represented every Park Slope resident.
“The mural was something that was a microcosm of what became a staple of CHiPS,” said McKayannam. “With it being washed away, even though folks know our services, the visual imprint is not there.”
The mural was washed away in 2012 by Superstorm Sandy, but News 12 has been told that projects and templates are underway for a new mural coming in 2023.