I’m proud to join my fellow Borough Presidents of The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island in partnering with hometown grocery powerhouse Fresh Direct to launch the “Five Borough Food Drive” as the COVID-19 pandemic– and its economic ripple effects– hits New York City.
Thousands of 10-lb grocery boxes will be delivered each weekday to assist New York families in need; most of the items in the box are shelf stable and will provide some relief to families who lack immediate access to food. The packages will arrive by FreshDirect vehicles to locations designated by each of the Borough Presidents and their offices. There will be two drop off locations: one location will receive deliveries Monday and Tuesday, the second, Wednesday-Friday. Each box is being provided free of charge by FreshDirect as well as contributions from partners and vendors, including Boar’s Head (which is donating product for over 12,000 family grocery boxes) and Nestlé Waters (donating 80,000 gallons of Poland Spring water).
The PitCCh In Foundation, founded by Amber and CC Sabathia, is also a partner and will be distributing boxes to the local Boys & Girls Clubs in the Bronx. “The closure of schools and Boys & Girls Clubs in the Bronx, which so many rely on for their daily meals, has greatly impacted our community,” said Amber and CC Sabathia. “By joining forces with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and FreshDirect, we hope to ease the worry of food insecurity for local families and bring essential nutrition to those in need.”
This citywide partnership is an example of the positive impact corporate responsibility can have during a major public health crisis. We don’t know what’s coming in the days and weeks ahead, but steps like these will help us get through it.
For more information please visit www.freshdirect.com/fooddrive .