Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee has partnered with FreshDirect on an initiative — dubbed “Operation 5-Borough Food Drive” — to keep Queens residents and families prepared for the ongoing public health and economic emergency during the rapidly-developing COVID-19 pandemic with the help of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.
From Tuesday, March 24 through Friday, April 17, participating Queens community-based organizations (CBOs) will receive a number of grocery boxes prepared by FreshDirect to distribute amongst their constituents, including seniors, low-income families and other vulnerable populations across all 14 Queens Community Districts. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will assist transporting some of the bulk grocery boxes to limited CBOs.
The participating CBOs are:
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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, https://comptroller.nyc.gov/reports/aging-with-dignity-a-blueprint-for-serving-nycs-growing-senior-population/
U.S. Census Bureau Quickfacts: Queens County (Queens Borough), New York,
Population Estimates, July 1, 2019, https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/queenscountyqueensboroughnewyork