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Shurn P. Anderson
Director of Economic Development
Updated: May 22, 2020
Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee has announced a second extension and expansion of “Fuel the Frontlines,” the joint initiative in partnership with the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) and the Queens Night Market to provide thousands of freshly-prepared, individually-packaged and ready-to-go meals to hospital workers, EMS workers and now MTA bus operators on the frontlines battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
Originally a one-week initiative funded by Borough President Lee to support a dozen local small food service businesses and workers across Queens’ nine hospitals, “Fuel the Frontlines” has now extended cumulatively to two months and expanded to serve first responders and MTA workers, while partnering with an additional dozen small businesses. See the full distribution list of the over 8,000 “Fuel the Frontlines” meals prepared and delivered thus far to frontline workers in the past four weeks, updated daily, below.
The additional extension pulls “Fuel the Frontlines” through Friday, May 22 and expands the meal deliveries to hundreds of MTA workers across five Queens bus depots. The extensions have been made possible due to generous contributions ranging from $5 to $40,000 from numerous individual and corporate donors, including from Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park — bringing the total amount of funds raised to more than $88,000 since the launch of the initiative on March 29.
“Queens is deeply grateful to all the partners who have made this two-month extension possible in support of small business, frontline and essential workers here in the Borough of Families, the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Borough President LEE. “It’s a hyper-local, collaborative effort to stem the tide and bend the curves of this unprecedented public health and economic crisis. This virus has left very few unscathed, and every effort counts in this race against time.”
Individually packaged meals will continue to 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 — some of whom will continue to prepare meals at Kommissary, a commercial kitchen in Long Island City.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will continue to transport many of the meals to the hospitals. Both QEDC and the Queens Night Market will continue to waive any administrative costs associated with the “Fuel the Frontlines” initiative for participating small businesses.
“Fuel the Frontlines” 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 have reached historic levels over the last four weeks, with more than 1.4 million claims filed in New York State and more than 26 million filed nationwide between the weeks ending March 21 and April 18, according to the federal Department of Labor.
“Fuel the Frontlines” hopes to continue inspiring subsequent funding commitments from corporate and individual sponsors in order to extend or expand the initiative. To make a monetary, tax-deductible donation in support of “Fuel the Frontlines,” click the button at the top of this page.
Completed meal deliveries include:
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.
The Office of the Queens Borough President continues to host Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fairs every third Wednesday, connecting New Yorkers with employers and recruiter hiring today in a vast array of fields.
The twelfth Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm.
To pre-register, click here. Instructions on how to join the fair will be emailed within 48 hours to those who pre-register.
To view the previous 11 Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fairs, as well as the job opportunities presented during each fair, visit queensbp.org/recruitmentfair.
The November 18th Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair program is as follows: