Local senator, volunteers provide weekly meals to residents in need
A local senator joined volunteers to help New York City residents in need of financial support by providing thousands of weekly meals.
New York state Sen. Andrew Gournardes’ office partnered with World Central Kitchen and the International Rescue Committee to provide 3,000 meals a week to the community.
While the office is located in Bay Ridge, Sen. Gournardes said it is open to anyone in Brooklyn.
They’ve been offering free meals since the beginning of April on Mondays and Thursdays, as well as bags of groceries on Fridays.
He says that each week since they started, the line has gotten longer with more people in need and that unemployment numbers are growing.
Unfortunately, usually turning some away when their supply runs out. "New York City in the 21st century and we are reliving the bread lines of the Great Depression, it tears my heart apart… We're trying to do everything we can to make sure that no one in our neighborhood is going hungry,” said Sen. Gournardes.
He says his office is working to find ways to offer more food options at more locations throughout Brooklyn.