Although still in its humble beginnings, A Need to Feed 1217 hopes to expand beyond "blessing bags" by reaching men, women, boys and girls in shelters, hospitals, orphanages, group homes, and maybe even penitentiaries. 



Those interested in helping in any way, please free to contact A Need to Feed 1217 at


Melissa Leraye Legions

Mission Statement 

Our mission is to spread HOPE among the homeless. 



The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”


For no one is abandoned by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion because of the greatness of his unfailing love. For he does not enjoy hurting people or causing them sorrow.” ‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:19-24, 31-33‬ ‭NLT‬‬



A Need to Feed 1217 is a project looking to spread HOPE among the homeless. "Blessing bags" are prepared and delivered once a month to those met on New York City streets. "Blessing bags" are filled with food, beverages, toiletries, other personal items, and a Word of hope to help get the less fortunate through. It reminds them that SOMEONE cares.


It all began with Kayla Joie's desire to give something every time she passed a homeless person. The money given was pocket change or earnings from Kayla painting family's and friends' nails as a hobby. She would often say "This money is to help feed the homeless." 


The project was founded in Brooklyn, NY in January 2017. It was inspired by 8 year old Kayla Joie and encouraged by her mother Melissa. The money used for necessary purchases was both their own and donations from family and friends. Items were also donated to help them get started. The "blessing bag" was an idea inspired by and adopted from

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