SOUTH OZONE PARK, New York — On Tuesday, June 23rd, Council Member Adrienne Adams partnered with the Met Council to distribute 200 boxes of premium groceries to and face coverings to local seniors and families in a community struggling during the pandemic. Volunteers from the Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless (ACE) assisted to ensure social distancing and provide vital coordination to reach those who need these resources the most.
This pop-up food distribution helped local seniors and families access groceries without risking a trip to a crowded supermarket. The grocery delivery program is a part of Met Council’s massive expansion, building off Met Council’s decades of work as the only kosher food pantry in New York City serving 149 food pantries.
Council Member Adams hopes to get more meals to those who might not otherwise know about the NYC’s food program and will continue to host pop up events to fight food insecurity in Queens.
“Our community has been hit so hard by the pandemic and Tuesday’s distribution of food and face coverings was an important effort given the current demand on food pantries,” said Council Member Adrienne Adams. “Met Council and ACE have been unwavering partners in the fight to end hunger in our community and I am deeply thankful for their ongoing support during this unprecedented time.”
“I cannot thank Council Member Adams enough for her tireless work as a community leader, for partnering with us to get these meals to the South Ozone Park community and for ensuring families have the help they need during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said David G. Greenfield, Met Council, CEO. “It is vitally important all New Yorkers have safe access to food necessities, even as the city begins to reopen. We wanted the families of South Ozone Park to have the groceries they need so they can stay safe and eat healthy during this COVID-19 pandemic.”
“ACE was proud to have been a part of the food distribution event put together today by the office of Council Member Adams and the Met Council,” said Leo Gil, ACE, Quality Control Officer. Council Member Adams has been a wonderful supporter of ACE’s mission in assisting the underemployed of New York in achieving economic independence for two years, and we happily jumped at the opportunity to assist in this event to show our endless appreciation of her support.”
Council Member Adrienne Adams represents City Council’s 28th District, which includes the Queens neighborhoods of Jamaica, Richmond Hill, Rochdale Village and South Ozone Park. She serves as Chair of the Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Dispositions and sits on the Civil Service and Labor; Finance; Land Use; Parks and Recreation; Public Safety and Rules, Privileges and Elections Committees.