Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) and the Queens Night Market have launched “Fuel the Frontlines,” a joint initiative in Queens to provide thousands of ready-to-go “home-cooked” meals for workers across the borough’s nine acute-care hospitals on the frontlines of battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beginning this Sunday, March 29 and fully funded by Borough President Lee, the week-long “Fuel the Frontlines” initiative aims to both support the tireless medical professionals working long, difficult hours on the frontlines, while also supporting Queens’ small businesses facing severe economic disruption stemming from social distancing measures taken to combat the public health crisis. Unemployment claims filed last week reached historic levels, both with 80,334 claims filed in New York State and 3.28 million nationwide in the week ending March 21.
The meals will be prepared by small businesses either enrolled in QEDC’s innovative Entrepreneur Space (E-Space) commercial kitchen incubator in Long Island City or vendors who participate in the seasonal Queens Night Market in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Many of the meals will be transported to each hospital by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
“Fuel the Frontlines” hopes to inspire subsequent funding commitments from corporate and individual sponsors in order to extend or expand the initiative; potential sponsors can call 718-286-3000 or email email@example.com, with the subject line “Fuel the Frontlines”. Both QEDC and the Queens Night Market will waive any administrative costs associated with the “Fuel the Frontlines” initiative.
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The Queens Borough President’s Office works strategically and collaboratively to support the Queens business community, which includes Chambers of Commerce, the 13 Business Improvement Districts, non-profit organizations and the local development corporations to enhance the business community, and to support workforce development to advance and promote the growth of the borough of Queens.