For more information, please contact:

Brent Weitzberg Esq
Director, Health, Human Services & Seniors
[email protected]

(Updated: September 30, 2020)

Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee’s partnership with FreshDirect’s citywide initiative — dubbed “Operation 5-Borough Food Drive” — to help Queens residents and families weather food insecurity during the ongoing public health and economic emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic has concluded as of September 30. Running between March 24 and September 30, the initiative saw 61,600 FreshDirect grocery boxes distributed to 147 Queens community-based organizations (CBOs) for dissemination amongst their clients.

The first four weeks of the food drive between March 24 through April 17 — launched with the assistance of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and made possible in part by a $10,000 donation from The Coca-Cola Company — featured daily deliveries of 400 grocery boxes per day to participating CBOs for distribution amongst their clients, including seniors, low-income families and other vulnerable populations across all 14 Queens Community Districts. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey assisted in transporting some of the bulk grocery boxes to limited CBOs.

Beginning Monday, April 27, 500 grocery boxes per day prepared by FreshDirect, supplemented with beverages generously donated by Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages, were picked up by participating Queens CBOs to distribute amongst their clients across all 14 Queens Community Districts. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey continued to assist in transporting some of the bulk grocery boxes to limited CBOs.

The Queens CBOs participating in the extended initiative, as well as the more than three dozen that participated in the first four weeks of “Operation 5-Borough Food Drive” — many of which had partnered in recent years with the Queens Borough President’s Office on various food distributions — included:

  • 100 Suits for 100 Men in Jamaica
  • Act of Goodwill, Inc. in Briarwood
  • Adhikaar in Woodside
  • AIDS Center of Queens County in Jamaica
  • All Nations Baptist Church in Woodhaven
  • American Bangladeshi Community Development serving Queens
  • Arafa Islamic Center in Jamaica
  • Arya Spiritual Center in Briarwood
  • Ascension Roman Catholic Church in Elmhurst
  • Astoria Mutual Aid Network in Astoria
  • Astoria Welfare Society in Astoria
  • Bangladesh Society, Inc. in Elmhurst
  • Bay Terrace Community Alliance, Inc. in Bay Terrace
  • Bethel Arverne AME Church in Far Rockaway
  • Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens in Richmond Hill
  • Brigada de Esperanza NY in Jackson Heights
  • Bright Light Family Worship Center COGIC in Hollis
  • Catholic Charities: St. Mary’s of Winfield in Woodside
  • Catholic Charities: St. Raphael in Long Island City
  • Center of Hope International Bread of Life Food Pantry in Long Island City
  • Centro Corona in Corona
  • Chabad of Flushing in Flushing
  • Chabad of Rego Park in Rego Park
  • Chhaya Community Development Corporation in Jackson Heights
  • Chinese American Planning Council, Inc. (CPC) Queens Community Center in Flushing
  • Christ the King Church in Jamaica
  • Church of the Ascension in Elmhurst
  • CommonPoint Queens – Sam Field Center in Little Neck
  • Community Capacity Development in Jamaica
  • Deliverance Tabernacle Church of Christ in Jamaica
  • Dominico-American Society of Queens in Corona
  • Douglaston Local Development Corporation in Douglaston
  • DRUM – Desis Rising Up & Moving in Jackson Heights
  • DSI International, Inc. in Jamaica
  • Ebenezer Baptist Church in Flushing
  • Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities, Inc. in Corona
  • Elmhurst Community Partnership in Elmhurst
  • Eternal Love Baptist Church in Corona
  • First Baptist Church of East Elmhurst
  • First Faith Baptist Church in Cambria Heights
  • First Reformed Church of College Point in College Point
  • First United Methodist Church in Jamaica
  • Flora Ministries, Inc. in Jackson Heights
  • Forestdale, Inc. in Forest Hills
  • Fultoli Jame Masjid & Islamic Institute Ozone Park, Inc. in Ozone Park
  • Garden of Hope in Flushing
  • Global Kids serving New York City
  • Golden Age Club of Nativity in Ozone Park
  • GP Koirala Foundation in Jackson Heights
  • Grace Episcopal Church in Whitestone
  • Greater Bethel Community Development Corporation in Jamaica
  • Haitian Americans United for Progress, Inc. in Hollis
  • HANAC Ravenswood Senior Center in Astoria
  • Harding Ford Vision, Inc. in Jamaica
  • Holy Nation Christian Church in College Point
  • Hour Children in Long Island City
  • Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association in Howard Beach
  • Hungry Monk Rescue Truck in Ridgewood
  • ICNA Relief USA, Inc. in Jamaica
  • India Home / New American Voters Association in Fresh Meadows
  • I.S. 61 school community in Corona
  • It Takes a Village, Ours is H.O.M.E. in Jamaica
  • Jamaica Muslim Center in Jamaica
  • Jamaica Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Jamaica
  • Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA) Rockaway Park Senior Center in Rockaway Park
  • Kehilat Sephardim of Ahavat Achim in Kew Gardens Hills
  • Keys of the Kingdom Pentecostal Holiness Church in South Ozone Park
  • Korean American Family Services Center in Flushing
  • Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. in Flushing 
  • La Jornada in Flushing
  • Lebanon Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Laurelton
  • LeFrak City Tenants Association in Corona
  • LeFrak-Corona Mutual Aid Network in Corona
  • Libertas Center for Human Rights in Elmhurst
  • LIC Community COVID-19 Relief Group in Long Island City
  • Macedonia AME Church in Jamaica
  • Majority Baptist Church in St. Albans
  • Make the Road New York in Jackson Heights
  • Mornings Star Missionary Baptist Church in Jamaica
  • New Greater Bethel Ministries in Queens Village
  • New Hamilton Beach Civic Association in Hamilton Beach
  • New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Far Rockaway
  • New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) in Jackson Heights
  • New Jerusalem Worship Center in Jamaica
  • New York City Department of Correction Desi Society in East Elmhurst
  • NYCHA Redfern Houses Residents Council in Far Rockaway
  • NYCHA South Jamaica Houses in South Jamaica
  • Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation in Arverne
  • Ocean Park Residents Council in Far Rockaway
  • Our Lady of Grace in Howard Beach
  • Our Neighbors Civic Association in Ozone Park
  • Ozone Park Church of the Nazarene in Ozone Park
  • Ozone Park Residents Block Association in Ozone Park
  • Peter Cardella Senior Citizens Center in Ridgewood
  • Project Hope Charities, Inc. in Jamaica
  • Quality Services for the Autism Community in Astoria
  • Queens Centers for Progress in Jamaica
  • Queens Community House in Flushing and Kew Gardens
  • Queens Community Lions Club serving Queens
  • Queens Defenders in Far Rockaway
  • Queens Together in Astoria
  • Queensborough Community College Food Pantry in Bayside
  • Ready Rockaway, Inc. in Far Rockaway
  • RIVER FUND in Richmond Hill
  • Rochdale Village Senior Center in Jamaica
  • Rock Safe Streets, a Sheltering Arms program, in Far Rockaway
  • Rockaway Love and Grace Christian Fellowship in Far Rockaway
  • Sadhana in Richmond Hill
  • Safe Horizon in Kew Gardens
  • Services Now for Adult Persons, Inc. (SNAP) in Queens Village
  • Share Family Supports, Inc. in South Ozone Park
  • Sheltering Arms NY in Southeast Queens and the Rockaways
  • Shepherd’s House Open Bible Church in Ozone Park
  • Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom Queens in Kew Gardens
  • South Asian American VOICE, Inc. in Jamaica
  • South Asian Council for Social Services in Flushing
  • St. Camillus Church in Rockaway Park
  • St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church in Belle Harbor
  • St. Luke Baptist Church in Laurelton
  • St. Mark’s Lion’s Share Food Pantry in Jackson Heights
  • St. Mary Gate of Heaven in Ozone Park
  • STOP NY1, Inc. in St. Albans
  • Sunnyside Community Services Center for Active Older Adults in Sunnyside
  • Sutphin Boulevard Local Development Corporation in Jamaica
  • Tabernacle of Emmanuel Full Gospel Assemblies in Woodhaven
  • The BlaQue Resource Network in Jamaica
  • The Children’s Village in Far Rockaway
  • The Church of Pentacost USA, Inc., Queens District, serving Queens
  • The Connected Chef in Astoria
  • The Heart of Rockaway Civic Association in the Rockaways
  • The Shiloh Baptist Church of Jamaica in Jamaica
  • This Is Woodhaven NYC in Woodhaven
  • Tibetan Community of New York & New Jersey in Woodside
  • Tomchei Shabbos of Queens in Kew Gardens
  • Transitional Services for New York, Inc. in Whitestone
  • Tzu Chi USA in Flushing
  • United Communities Alliance in Ozone Park
  • United Community Schools in Corona
  • United Nations Church of New York in Springfield Gardens
  • Voces Latinas in Jackson Heights
  • Voices of Hagar in Jackson Heights
  • Where Do We Go From Here, Inc. in Jamaica
  • Womankind serving New York City
  • Woodbine in Ridgewood
  • Woodside Residents Block Association in Woodside
  • World Human Rights Development USA in Jackson Heights
  • Zion Tabernacle Fire Baptized Holiness Church in Ozone Park 


The policy office focused on Health and Human Services and Seniors is charged with executing the Borough President’s priorities relating but not limited to health, mental health, aging and seniors, homeless services, children’s services, disabilities, food insecurity and animal welfare.

Our healthcare, community, and senior facilities play an important role in our borough, ensuring that all populations can thrive and age gracefully with plentiful and continued resources available to them.

With over 300,000 seniors 65 years and older[i], and hundreds of thousands of children and youth residing in Queens[ii], this department monitors the Borough President’s $31 million in capital investments across approximately 18 hospitals and health care facilities, as well as over $12 million in investments across nearly 100 senior centers and service providers.

We urge you to browse this page along with our updated Senior Citizens guide to discover how a variety of resources throughout Queens may be helpful to you and your loved ones.


Aging with Dignity: A Blueprint for Serving NYC’s Growing Senior Population,
NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, March 21, 2017,

U.S. Census Bureau Quickfacts: Queens County (Queens Borough), New York,
Population Estimates, July 1, 2019,