Bronx, N.Y.-based FreshDirect is donating meals, securing trucks and providing employee volunteers to a food pantry experiencing shortages related to the new coronavirus COVID-19.
Beginning March 12, and over the course of the next several weeks, FreshDirect is donating thousands of meals to NY Common Pantry, in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. Volunteers are assisting with picking, packing and delivering fresh food to the East Harlem and Bronx Common Pantry centers, according to the release.
The relief is part of an urgent effort to alleviate a shortage of volunteers who’ve had to cancel due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
NY Common Pantry serves about 16,000 meals daily through its Choice Pantry programs in Manhattan and the Bronx.
Pantry executive director Stephen Grimaldi, FreshDirect CEO David McInerney, pantry staff and FreshDirect staff volunteers were on site the first day of the relief effort.
Earlier this year, FreshDirect and NY Common Pantry joined forces on a new philanthropic partnership.
FreshDirect customers contributed to NY Common Pantry through point-of-sale donations, which directly went to the organization.
The drive raised enough donations to provide more than 31,750 meals to New Yorkers in need, according to the release.
“FreshDirect is standing with NYCP by assisting with the packing and provision of meals for our neighbors in need,” according to a statement on freshdirect.com. “We encourage you to join us by donating or signing up to volunteer at nycommonpantry.org.”