Chin Announces Emergency Food Pantry Initiative

Posted on: May 7th, 2020 at 5:06 am by

Photo: Karlin Chan

As economic uncertainty continues to fester around the country, food shortage anxieties are now on the proverbial front burner. Folks on the Lower East Side and in Chinatown, particularly low income seniors, are facing numerous challenges trying to access affordable and reliable food supply during the COVID-19 crisis.

Councilwoman Chin is hoping to assuage that. Recently, she announced a partnership with UA3 and Chung Pak LDC on an emergency food pantry initiative. Volunteers gather donations from local grocers (ie. Trader Joes), and deliver an average of 250 packages per day, twice a week to a variety of locations: Chung Pak, CPC Open Door Senior Center, the Bowery Mission, Grand Street Guild, multiple tenement buildings in Chinatown, and buildings that predominantly house hearing-impaired tenants on Forsyth Street.

“The fact that so many of the buildings we’re serving are hard-to-access shows exactly why we must invest our attention and resources to them. I send my heartfelt appreciation to all the community organizations, donors, and volunteers who have made this initiative possible. Together, we’re doing our part to fill the gaps in food access to ensure no one is left behind,” said Chin in a recent statement.

Chin’s office plans to continue its work with tenant leaders to coordinate meal deliveries, and to help enroll eligible residents on City meal programs. If interested in organizing a delivery for your building in Council District 1, email here.

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