Category: Seniors

Fresh Food for Seniors program delivers 5,500 bags of affordable produce

Healthy food should be available to everyone, but especially to elderly New Yorkers. As an elected official, I’ve made increasing access to quality, affordable, and locally-grown food a priority. My Fresh Food for Seniors program, a version of which I launched in 2012 as a City Council Member, delivers discounted bags of local fruits and veggies—sourced from local farms via GrowNYC’s Greenmarket Co. food hub—to senior centers and apartment buildings… Read more

Seniors explore the benefits of creativity at Aging Artfully conference

Growing older shouldn’t solely be about loss of abilities – it can be a time of enrichment and new growth. By 2030, it’s estimated that New York City’s 65-and-over population will be nearly double what it was in 2010. As this population grows and people live longer, staying culturally engaged is life-enhancing—and easy to do in a city as vibrant as New York. That’s why my office sponsored “Aging Read more

Fresh Food for Seniors receiving a dedicated delivery van!

Today, Borough President Brewer and Deputy Mayor Richard Buery announced the de Blasio Administration’s commitment to fund a van and part-time driver to support the Fresh Food for Seniors program, which makes bags of fresh, locally-sourced produce available to seniors in multiple Manhattan neighborhoods for just $8. A dedicated van for produce deliveries to pickup locations will make the program more sustainable and lay the groundwork for further expansion. Read Read more

Brewer announces return of Fresh Food for Seniors Program for 2017

Seniors can buy fresh, locally-grown produce for just $8 per bag at senior centers, other participating sites Today, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced the relaunch of her Fresh Food for Seniors program for 2017, which will operate through November. The program makes bags of fresh, locally-grown produce available for purchase bimonthly at participating senior centers and buildings in multiple Manhattan neighborhoods. “Access to fresh food, and especially fresh… Read more

More Than 700 Seniors Get Brain Health Answers and Tips at “Up With Aging” Event

Photos Available More than 700 seniors packed the CUNY Graduate Center’s auditorium and event space for “Up with Aging,” an informational event focused on aging and brain health hosted by Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. Borough President Brewer moderated the event’s panel discussion on brain health and aging, which featured Dr. Matthew E. Fink, neurologist-in-chief at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill-Cornell Medical Hospital, Prof. Wendy A. Suzuki of New… Read more

Brewer Tours Senior Centers and Delivers Resource Guides Ahead of March 20 Brain Health Panel and Senior Expo

Photos Available Today, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer toured three senior centers, kicking off a citywide effort to distribute thousands of copies of “Age-Smart Manhattan,” her office’s new senior resource guide. “New York City is home to more than one million older residents, a number that is projected to increase by 45 percent in the next two decades,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “It’s more important than… Read more

Roosevelt Island Seniors Receive First Delivery From Borough President Brewer’s Fresh Food for Seniors Program

NEW YORK – Today, Borough President Gale A. Brewer’s Fresh Food for Seniors program made its first delivery to Roosevelt Island, dropping off more than 60 bags of fresh, locally-sourced produce for Roosevelt Island seniors. The program, newly expanded to Roosevelt Island, makes pre-packed bags of produce available to seniors every two weeks in the West Village, Chelsea, Clinton, the Upper West Side, Upper Yorkville, East Harlem, and northern Manhattan… Read more

Urban Agriculture Symposium and Fair Encourages Urban Farming in Manhattan

Manhattan is home to an array of urban plots, hydroponic farms, greenhouses, and more than 170 community gardens. This urban agriculture yields tremendous benefits for our neighborhoods, our economy, and the environment: it teaches valuable skills and sustainably produces fresh, healthy, locally-grown food. In Spring 2015, the Manhattan Borough President’s Office released How Our Gardens Grow, a report on expanding urban gardens, farms, and other agriculture programs in schools,… Read more

Fresh Food for Seniors Program Expands to Roosevelt Island

Borough President Gale A. Brewer is pleased to announce that her office’s Fresh Food for Seniors program is expanding to Roosevelt Island! The program currently makes pre-packed bags of fresh, locally-sourced produce available to seniors every two weeks in the West Village, Chelsea, Clinton, the Upper West Side, Upper Yorkville, East Harlem, and northern Manhattan for just $8 per bag on a pay-as-you-go basis. “It’s amazing what we’ve been able… Read more