(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:
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