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400 Boxes of Groceries a Day Will Be Sent to Queens Residents in Need

Donations From Fresh Direct (Photo: Office of the Queens Borough President)

March 24, 2020 By Allie Griffin

FreshDirect will donate 400 boxes of groceries a day to Queens residents in need for the next four weeks, the Borough President’s Office announced today.

The 400 boxes will be picked up by local community-based organizations that will distribute them to seniors, low-income families and other vulnerable populations across the borough, starting today.

The initiative dubbed “Operation 5-Borough Food Drive” is a citywide effort to help New Yorkers adjusting to the rapidly-developing coronavirus pandemic.

Many people have lost jobs and income as small businesses were forced to temporarily close in order to distance people and slow the spread of the virus.

“The next few weeks and months will be an unprecedented challenge,” said Acting Queens Borough Sharon Lee. “Queens thanks FreshDirect for moving swiftly and with foresight to help stem the tide of food insecurity on the near horizon.”

Each box includes rice, pasta, canned beans, meat and vegetables, dried fruit, cereal, milk, corn, potatoes, an onion, carrot and oranges or apples.

In addition, Nestlé Waters is donating 80,000 gallons of Poland Spring 100% natural spring water and Boar’s Head is donating 25,000 Pepperoni Pouches to the grocery boxes.

The Queens community-based organizations distributing the groceries the first week of the initiative include:

Catholic Charities: St. Mary’s of Winfield in Woodside
Catholic Charities: St. Raphael in Long Island City
Chinese American Planning Council, Inc. (CPC) Queens Community Center in Flushing
CommonPoint Queens – Sam Field Center in Little Neck
Elmcor Youth and Adult Activity, Inc. in Corona
HANAC, Inc. Ravenswood in Astoria
Harding Ford Vision, Inc. in Jamaica
Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA) Rockaway Park Senior Center in Rockaway Park
Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (KCS) Neighborhood Senior Centers in Corona and Flushing
Our Lady of Grace in Howard Beach
Peter Cardella Senior Citizens Center in Ridgewood
Project Hope Charities, Inc. in Jamaica
Queens Community House in Flushing and Kew Gardens
River Fund New York in Richmond Hill
Services Now for Adult Persons, Inc. (SNAP) in Queens Village
Sunnyside Community Services’ Center for Active Older Adults in Sunnyside

Any Queens-based organization interested in food distribution during the coming weeks of the FreshDirect initiative can call 718-286-2680 or email [email protected] with the subject line “FreshDirect.”

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Juan Caldas

They share to Queens 400 box of different types of food and I think this think is so good because some person for the problem that we have right now they don’t have money so this really goes for that person.


I know a family in deed of needing help. Its a single parent raising a 5 year old and 9 year old. He won’t be able to pay his rent and unfortunately this year was a bad year before it even started as an independent contractor had no business coming his way. I have been helping out but now im not even working . Please let me know how i can give you the information if your willing to help. The grocery and water milk eggs would definitely go a long way.

Mike Sylvester

I am 60 years old in Elmhurst queens not working do i qualify? How do i get a box of food if yes.
Thank you for sharing
Mike Sylvester


Is there number for Manhattan residence in new housing so we wont have to go outside kids


FYI…. Sunnyside Community Services . No one picks up the phone and you can’t leave any messages.


I am 100 percent oxygen dependant in critical care. Not able to go out. I do have care taker ots very dangerious for them to expose me by going out. Please help me get a box of food. I live in rockaway queens

Kenia lagarea

This is a very nice and admirable action thank you do much for all the help you giving this people that needs so much this means alot.there are so many famous people with alot of money that should be helping us too.

Estanne Samplin

Need groceries send me lay-off my work bec of coronavirus I am deaf woman also my breast cancer free my two breast removed by almost two years ago

John & Cathy Martini

Hi. We r in need of help from Fresh Direct. Love by Jasa RKWY Parkm wanted to know if still available ty


How can a person disabled like myself with no funds obtain this. I am home bound and on oxygen

Edgar/Maria Manosalvas.

We are 2 Seniors living at East Elmhurst. You think we can get some help getting boxes food?


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