New York City’s most vulnerable citizens are feeling the sudden impacts of the COVID-19-related changes, so the city is pulling together to try to make sure New Yorkers don’t go hungry.
A new program, GetFoodNYC, is providing food delivery for people who cannot afford existing food delivery programs, who are too at-risk to go out shopping and who do not have friends or family members who can deliver groceries.
Sign up for GetFoodNYC here or call 311.
GetFoodNYC adds to the other programs seeking to fill needs related to the outbreak for poorer New Yorkers. Before the pandemic, already one in eight New Yorkers could not afford enough food. For 1.1 million public school kids in the city, 74% already qualified for free or reduced-price meals, and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new grab-and-go lunch program is providing meals to kids who normally rely on school lunches to keep from going hungry.
In addition to city programs, nonprofits such as City Harvest and Food Bank for New York City are trying to continue to feed needy and homeless New Yorkers by providing pick-up locations for to-go meals, since soup kitchens are closing due to lack of volunteers.
It’s crucial that the information about how to get food during the pandemic reach the people who need it. Make sure to share it with your community. No one should have to go hungry right now (or ever).