Fresh Food for Seniors

This program (a version of which I first opened in my City Council district in 2012), established in partnership with senior centers and many local Council Members (this year including Chelsea & Clinton’s Corey Johnson and the Upper West Side’s Helen Rosenthal), allows seniors to purchase fresh, regionally grown fruit and vegetables for just $8 a bag. The process is simple: seniors pay for a bag a week in advance at a participating senior center, and pickup their produce the following week.

Seniors pay $8 for a bag containing five to six varieties of fresh fruit and vegetables – a retail value of $15 to $18. Orders are pay-as-you-go, one week ahead of each delivery date. Fresh Food for Seniors allows seniors to sign up for just one order at a time so that they can decide how much food they need, when they need it.

Produce is ordered through GrowNYC at wholesale prices from farmers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

All New Yorkers need as much access as possible to fresh, healthy, locally-sourced food. Access to fresh and local food for vulnerable and low-income populations is the most pressing food and nutrition issue facing New Yorkers today.

Sign up and delivery dates are provided here:

Upper West Side

In partnership with Council Member Helen Rosenthal and GrowNYC
Delivery dates: June 27, July 18, Aug. 1, Aug. 15, Aug. 29, Sept. 12, Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 24, Nov. 7, Nov. 21

Open to all Seniors:

Open to Senior Center Members and/or building residents only:

Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea and West Village
In partnership with Council Speaker Corey Johnson and GrowNYC
Delivery dates:July 11, July 25, Aug. 8, Aug. 22, Sept. 5, Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 31

Open to all Seniors:

Open to Senior Center Members only:

Northern Manhattan
In partnership with GrowNYC and The Doe Fund
Delivery dates TBA, starting in July 2018

Roosevelt Island
In partnership with GrowNYC and the Roosevelt Island Senior Center, a program of Carter Burden Network and the Roosevelt Island Disabled Association
Delivery dates: July 11, July 25, Aug. 8, Aug. 22, Sept. 5, Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 31

Roosevelt Island Senior Center
546 Main Street
(212) 980-1888