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 in[email protected] with the subject line “FreshDirect.”