For more information, please contact:

Brent Weitzberg Esq
Director, Health, Human Services & Seniors

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:

  • AIDS Center of Queens County in Jamaica
  • All Nations Baptist Church in Woodhaven
  • Bethel Arverne AME Church in Far Rockaway
  • 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
  • Chinese American Planning Council, Inc. (CPC) Queens Community Center in Flushing
  • Church of the Ascension in Elmhurst
  • CommonPoint Queens – San Field Center in Little Neck
  • Dominico-American Society of Queens in Corona
  • DSI International, Inc. in Jamaica
  • Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities, Inc. in Corona
  • Elmhurst Community Partnership in Elmhurst
  • Flora Ministries, Inc. in Jackson Heights
  • Harding Ford Vision, Inc. in Jamaica
  • Hour Children in Long Island City
  • Hungry Monk Rescue Truck in Ridgewood
  • Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA) Rockaway Park Senior Center in Rockaway Park
  • Lebanon Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Laurelton
  • LIC Relief in Long Island City
  • Our Lady of Grace in Howard Beach
  • 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 Together in Astoria
  • River Fund New York in Richmond Hill
  • Services Now for Adult Persons, Inc. (SNAP) in Queens Village
  • Shepherd’s House Open Bible Church in Ozone Park
  • St. Mary Gate of Heaven in Ozone Park
  • 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 Children’s Village in Far Rockaway
  • The Heart of Rockaway Civic Association in the Rockaways
  • Tzu Chi USA in Flushing
  • Voices of Hagar in Jackson Heights

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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,

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