In 2012, as a member of the City Council, I partnered with GrowNYC, the Department of Aging, and more than a dozen senior centers on the west side to provide fresh, local produce to seniors at an affordable price.
Today, I was delighted to join forces with Corey and my successor, Helen Rosenthal, at the Goddard Riverside Senior Center to pack more than 100 bags of local produce for distribution to Manhattan seniors.This year as Borough President, I’ve helped expand the program to include Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea and the West Village with the help of Councilmember Corey Johnson.
The Fresh Food for Seniors program offers a twice-monthly assortment of fresh, seasonal vegetables and fruit through the summer and fall.
The produce is sourced by GrowNYC from farmers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania – and provides seniors a bag of produce for $8 that typically retails for $18-$20.
All New Yorkers need access to healthy food that is locally sourced whenever possible. I am committed to increasing access to fresh and local food for vulnerable and low-income populations and Fresh Food for Seniors is a great start.
See this week’s selection of fruit and vegetables, try new recipes, and learn how to sign up: http://on.nyc.gov/1rKGzZh