East New Yorkers Not Taking Advantage of The NYC Food Delivery Assistance Program for Those In Need

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Written by Nikki Lucas, Community Organizer

I recently found out that the BRC (Brownsville Recreation Center), is a hub for food to be delivered directly to New Yorkers. I also found out that most of the deliveries out of the BRC are being sent to Bay Ridge, Sheepshead Bay and other locations throughout Brooklyn, while many people from Brownsville and East New York are not receiving deliveries because they are not aware of this NYC Food Delivery Assistance Program. The BRC is simply the hub, and not responsible for taking orders or deciding who receives deliveries.

This editorial is to make people of East New York and Brownsville aware of the program and how to make sure you are on the list for door to door deliveries.

The NYC Food Delivery Assistance Program is for those New Yorkers who cannot get out to pickup food and do not have anyone who can pick up food for them. Thousands of New Yorkers are having food delivered to their apartments and homes through this program. If you do not have anyone to pickup food for you be sure to state that on the application or if you call 311.  Do not tell them that you “might have someone who can pickup the food”. If you do not have a family or friend designated to pickup food for you then say that.

If you say you might have someone who can pickup the food for you then the city will not deliver the food.  You do not want to depend on a family member or friend who is not 100% committed to picking up the food for you.  Be sure to tell 311 that you DO NOT have anyone who can pickup the food for you.  Do not go hungry. The city is equipped and have the resources to deliver food to your door if you have health issues or a real hardship going out to pickup food.

Here is the link to the NYC Food Delivery Assistance Program. If you have a problem filling out the form you can call 311 and remember you are calling about the NYC Food Delivery Assistance Program. This is separate from other food programs.

Orders must be made 2 days prior to the date you want delivery and you need to contact them every 2 days if you need continuous orders. Deliveries are made by Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC)

I am thankful to EastNewYork.com and BrownsvilleNews.org for giving us a platform to get information directly to residents of Brownsville and East New York, who are typically left out of the loop for food, housing and employment.

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7 thoughts on “East New Yorkers Not Taking Advantage of The NYC Food Delivery Assistance Program for Those In Need

  1. Miss English Reply

    Thank u Nikki Lucas so much for this info. You were absolutely correct, I live in ENY & had no idea BRC had food available, no idea! Thank you again so much. I signed up immediately & will have a delivery on Saturday!

  2. Mick San Reply

    Thank you for the article “East New Yorkers Not Taking Advantage Of The NYC Food Delivery Assistance Program For Those In Need”. My sister in Maryland actually sent me the link. We all grew up in East New York, so she keeps her ties to ENY. I wasn’t aware of this and am greatful for the informatioin. My mom and aunt (both elderly) have been having a difficult time through this pandemic. It’s not easy for them to go out to shop. The local supermarket has raised their prices and it has made it more difficult for seniors. This will really help them.

  3. DIANE GLASGOW Reply

    I CALLED FROM CROWN HEIGHTS 3 TIMES AND NO ONE HAS CALLED ME BACK AND DON’T K NO WHY I CALLED NO ONE ANSWERED I NEED MEATS, VEGETABLES, POTATOES, RICE,JUICE, WATER,AND SOME FRUIT I’LL TAKE WHAT I GET .

  4. J. Powell Reply

    This program is not what it’s supposed to be. My mother is 82 yrs old & very high risk for becoming ill because of heart disease, COPD & other issues. I live in NC and I filled out the application 3 times to have food delivered to her and she never received anything close to being able to make a meal. The last time she received a box it was filled with Cheez-Its (5 packs), black beans (1 can), jalapeño dip (1 container) and milk substitute (1 carton); So I had to use the Seamless app to purchase a meal for my mom. The first time she received 5 apples, 5 potatoes and coleslaw. If the program says it provides meals then there should be enough items to make an actual meal. This is unacceptable to say the least.

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