Grassroots Grocery has a charismatic founder, a compelling origin story and a six-figure reserve fund that mutual-aid workers and organizers in the borough say are the fruits of “poverty pimping.”
The borough’s community refrigerators — fewer than during the pandemic — are strapped for cash as well as volunteers to transport food.
The demand for food resources continues to grow for many New Yorkers, but closures of community run pantries have resulted in difficulty accessing food banks.
City social service agency imposes limits on orders of fruits and vegetables under federally funded P-FRED initiative. “We didn’t hear anything,” says one volunteer.
The popular pandemic-inspired GetFood NYC program for senior citizens and homebound New Yorkers who can’t afford food delivery services will shut down when federal funding ends in October, THE CITY has learned. The de Blasio administration is working to make sure the people covered by the program are taken care of by other food assistance […]
New Yorkers working and volunteering at nonprofits that help meet the huge pandemic-driven demand for food became eligible Monday for the COVID-19 vaccine — but mutual aid group members apparently don’t count. The Cuomo administration move followed weeks of lobbying by leaders of nonprofits who argued that those providing meals to food-insecure people across the […]
Sunset Park resident Marcelino Cabrera lost his construction job just before the pandemic, after getting hit by a car on his walk to work. Still unemployed, he’s relied on a Borough Park food pantry to feed his wife and three children for the last six months. “All the people here work really hard to make […]
New Yorkers in dire need want city food deliveries expanded and prefer items they can cook themselves, according to a survey commissioned by City Hall. The 2020 poll, obtained by THE CITY, found a severe demand for emergency food drop-offs, with 79% of the respondents reporting living below the federal poverty line and 68% describing […]
A pandemic-spurred movement has seeded 70 community refrigerators and counting on sidewalks throughout the city — but still not nearly enough to meet neverending demand. Now some established food pantries are aiding the effort.
A New Jersey warehouse, set up as a supply reserve during the height of the coronavirus crisis, is distributing items to food pantries in the city. The first deliveries go out Monday.