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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 for just $8 per bag on a pay-as-you-go basis.

“It’s amazing what we’ve been able to do with this program in just three short years,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, who started the Fresh Food for Seniors program on the Upper West Side in 2012, when she served as that neighborhood’s councilmember. “For just $8 a bag, this program pays for itself while delivering healthy, fresh produce to seniors right in their own neighborhoods at a tremendous value.”

The Roosevelt Island Senior Association has partnered with the Borough President’s office to collect and distribute food bag orders at the Roosevelt Island Senior Center, located at 546 Main Street. The Roosevelt Island program has two more pairs of order and pickup dates in Fall 2015:

Place orders Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 26-27, 1pm-3pm
Pick-up Wednesday, Nov. 4, 3pm-6pm

Place orders Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 9-10, 1pm-3pm
Pick-up Wednesday, Nov. 18, 3pm-6pm

The produce for the Roosevelt Island program is purchased through Greenmarket Co., the wholesale division of GrowNYC, and is packed by volunteers at the Fulton Senior Center in Chelsea, before being transported to the Roosevelt Island Senior Center.

Learn more about our Fresh Food for Seniors program, and watch a recent story on NY1.

Categories: Food, Seniors