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Queens Defenders Opens Emergency Food Distribution Center in Far Rockaway

Queens Defenders Community Outreach staff have not slowed down their efforts to respond to the dire need for emergency food assistance for vulnerable residents and families in Queens.

In addition to the weekly deliveries of food and essential items to over 65 families in Far Rockaway and Jamaica, our staff has partnered with the Food Bank for NYC, Fresh Direct, and other generous organizations to distribute over 4,000 boxes of food to Queens residents since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. Our team has assisted with organizing and distributing bags of food in a number of NYCHA housing developments, as well as at various community events across the borough — from Far Rockaway to Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Every Friday, we receive deliveries from community partners with hundreds of boxes of food including potatoes, onions, zucchini, cauliflower, carrots, celery, apples, and bananas and other staples. With these deliveries, Queens Defenders has been able to give away free bags of fresh produce to anyone who stops by our Outreach Center.

We are extremely grateful to our generous partners at the Food Bank for NYC, Fresh Direct, Rockaway Mutual Aid, Beach 40th Street Tenant Association, the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula, Mr. Mak’s GinBao LLC, and to our generous donors who continue to support our emergency relief work in Queens.