Bronx, New York – Monday, April 20th at 11 AM, Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson in partnership with New York Common Pantry, the New York City Football Club and Eat Clean Bro with support from Pride and Service Elevator delivered free meals and groceries to Morris Heights residents residing at 1600 Sedgwick Avenue. This meal distribution event was part of a collective effort to combat food insecurity and food scarcity, as New Yorkers continue to grapple with the effects of COVID-19 in their communities. 300 meals were donated through Eat Clean Bro and 275 food boxes through New York Common Pantry with support from the New York City Football Club.
«This is a difficult time for many of our families in the Bronx. Prior to the COVID pandemic, over a million New Yorkers were food insecure, and we are seeing that number increase as residents are struggling with the current economic and health crises. The demand is high for food assistance and food scarcity remains a persistent issue for our community.» said Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson. «I want to thank New York Common Pantry, the New York City Football Club, Eat Clean Bro, Pride and Service Elevator and Dumbo Moving & Storage for their generosity and their donation of groceries and meals for 1600 Sedgwick Avenue. I look forward to our continued partnership and work together an ensuring our community has access to a free and quality meal during this time.
«Food insecurity for individuals and families in the Bronx has only been exacerbated by COVID19.» said Stephen Grimaldi, Executive Director of New York Common Pantry. «We are delighted to partner with Councilmember Gibson, who’s long been an advocate for food justice, and to donate and distribute food packages in partnership with her office to ensure constituents are getting the meals they need.»
«NYCFC is honored to continue our partnership with NY Common Pantry and join forces with Council Member Vanessa Gibson’s office to connect local South Bronx residents who are unable to travel and in critical need of food during this health crisis,» said NYCFC CEO Brad Sims.»NYCFC’s partner, Dumbo Moving & Storage, made the delivery of the food possible and we are very grateful they continue to jump in and support efforts like this throughout New York City.»
«In these trying times, many grocery services are struggling to keep up with serving their communities.» said Jamie Giovinazzo, President & Founder of Eat Clean Bro. «Even though we are a small business, Eat Clean Bro is proud to serve any community in need.»
«As a former New Yorker, I am grateful to help out people in need during this horrible crisis.» said Christopher Todd, President of Pride and Service Elevator.
Source: Office of Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson