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As “Fresh Foodbox” Program Resumes Outdoors, B.P. Brewer Honors Volunteers and Invites Lower Manhattan Workers and Residents to Take Advantage

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Borough President Gale A. Brewer and GrowNYC Executive Director Marcel van Ooyen marked the return of the 1 Centre Street “Fresh Foodbox” program to the archway outside the Municipal Building by honoring the volunteers who pack the program’s fresh food bags. The program operates year-round, but is housed within the Municipal Building during the winter.

Shortly after noon, Brewer joined more than a dozen volunteers to help pack produce bags and present them with certificates of appreciation in an informal ceremony. The volunteers included eight local Chinatown seniors active with ArchCare’s TimeBank program.

“As the Foodbox program moves back outside for the spring and summer, everyone living or working in Lower Manhattan should stop by and take advantage,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “This successful program serves hundreds now thanks to the support of GrowNYC, DCAS, and most of all, the volunteers who make this program possible.”

The 1 Centre Street Foodbox program, popular with city employees working near the Municipal Building and City Hall, is fully open to the public, offering bags of locally-sourced fresh produce for just $12. Local eggs, honey, and bread are available for order as well. Orders are taken a week in advance on a pay-as-you-go basis, with no ongoing commitment or subscription required. Cash, credit, and SNAP benefits are all accepted as payment.

The 1 Centre Street program is the product of collaboration between Borough President Brewer, GrowNYC, and the Department of Citywide Administrative Services.