‘We will not let any New Yorker go hungry.’ Mayor says 2.6M meals have been provided in 3 weeks
As the fight against coronavirus rages on across New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio is urging New Yorkers not to underestimate the problem of food.
He says in the last three weeks alone, New York City has provided 2.6 million meals to those in need.
He says with the growing rate of unemployment, many will be unsure of where there next meal will come from.
The mayor named Kathryn Garcia New York City’s “food czar.” Together with OEM, DOE and the Department for the Aging, Garcia has established a plan to feed New Yorkers.
Mayor de Blasio says no New Yorker will be turned away from getting a free meal. He says the city is asking young children and their parents to arrive at grab-and-go spots earlier in the day, and adults without children to go later in the day.
Those who are elderly or homebound and cannot go to the food banks can call 311 and schedule a food delivery.
According to the mayor, there are 435 sites across the city where people can get breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
The mayor also thanked many people who are donating to help get meals for the health care workers on the front lines.
He says coffee company Lavazza has donated 60,000 bags of coffee for hospital workers. He also added that philanthropists Leon and Debra Black, along with the Mayor’s Fund, donated $10 million to help get food and supplies to health care workers and their families. They’re also committing to match any additional donations up to $10 million. Employees from Aramark will donate their time to assemble and deliver those packages.
"We are in a deep, deep fight, but New Yorkers know we can win this fight,” says Mayor de Blasio. "We will prevail. I have great faith with all the help were getting we'll get through this together.