Brooklyn For Life working to raise $1 million to support local restaurants
A Brooklyn organization is trying to raise $1 million to support local restaurants while feeding those working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
It all started as "Operation Pizza" at Graziella’s in Fort Greene. Restaurant owner Vito Randazzo asked customers to donate meals so it can be delivered to hospitals.
"We're here trying to support the lifesaving measures of our first responders and of our hospital staff,” said Randazzo.
That idea exploded into a boroughwide movement with support from Borough President Eric Adams and award-winning actor and Brooklyn resident Jeffrey Wright.
The initiative is called Brooklyn For Life. The two main goals are to feed health care workers and bring revenue to small businesses at the same time.
Wright has recruited other famous Brooklyn residents, including Daniel Craig, Spike Lee and Rosie Perez, for a video to get the word out.
He says everyone was eager to get involved. Brooklyn For Life is now partnered with more than three dozen small businesses.
The organization has handed out more than 2,500 meals daily and is hoping to begin feeding seniors in need. It wants to continue the work through the end of the pandemic.