Flushing groups organize emergency food distribution
by Benjamin Fang
Mar 25, 2020 | 365 views | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A group of Flushing community organizations and volunteers is coming together to launch emergency food distribution as the city continues to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last Wednesday, the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, La Jornada, Kissena Synergy, Gutsier Living and other groups mobilized volunteers to call and deliver food to local residents, including homebound individuals.

“In this period of COVID-19 crisis in New York City, the elderly and the disabled are our neighbors who face the most food insecurity in our community,” said Taehoon Kim, president of the chamber.

Pedro Rodriguez, executive director of the La Jornada food pantry, said their volunteers are still serving the community “at this critical moment,” even if the city is locked down.

“However, in order to sustain this critical service, we need volunteers and money,” he said. “Please help us help our community.”

Jack Chang, president of the Flushing Interfaith Council, said they are also encouraging faith leaders to reach out to their congregations to assess whether homebound residents need emergency food assistance.

“Together, our community will get through this stressful and chaotic time,” Chang said. “Please stay safe.”

La Jornada food pantry, located at 133-36 Roosevelt Avenue, will act as the emergency food distribution center during the coronavirus outbreak. Food distribution is scheduled for Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 9 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

Advanced registration is required at pedrolajornada@gmail.com or 917-880-5693.
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