Beginning today, 500 grocery boxes per day prepared by FreshDirect, will be delivered to community food pantries and disseminated by partner organizations, including Catholic Charities and Community Health Action of Staten Island. This number is up from 400 boxes daily from the initial launch of the program.
“FreshDirect is extremely thankful to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City Sanitation Commissioner and current Food Czar Kathryn Garcia, and Staten Island Borough President James Oddo for his support of Operation 5-Borough Food Drive,” said Larry Scott Blackmon, Vice President of Public Affairs at FreshDirect. “We are very grateful to continue the distribution of food to communities in Staten Island with Borough President Oddo, who has been partnership has proven invaluable.”
"The first phase of the FreshDirect Food Drive was so well received and we are so grateful for phase two, which is providing even more food to Staten Island’s food insecure population,” said Borough President James Oddo. “Special thanks to FreshDirect and to CEO David McInerney for providing 500 meals daily to our community and to our partners, Catholic Charities and Community Health Action, for making sure this food gets to those who need it most."
Each grocery box, provided free of charge by FreshDirect, will contain the following:
- Rice (2 bags, 16oz)
- Pasta (2 boxes, 16oz)
- Canned beans (2 cans, 10-16oz)
- Canned meat/fish (2 cans, 3-5oz)
- Canned vegetables (2 cans, 8-15oz)
- Raisins/dried fruit (4 boxes, 2oz per box)
- Cereal/oatmeal (1 box, 10-20oz)
- Milk/milk substitute (1 container, 32oz)
- Corn (2 ears)
- 2 potatoes (two)
- 1 onion
- 1 carrot
- Orange/apple (2 in total)
FreshDirect is the Northeast's leading online fresh food grocer, delivering next day, same day and on-demand directly to customers throughout seven states, including the New York City and Philadelphia metropolitan areas, and the District of Columbia. FreshDirect is committed to sourcing the freshest and best-tasting meat, fish, produce, and specialty items through direct relationships with suppliers, growers, and farmers. Launched in 2002, FreshDirect is a privately held company headquartered in Bronx, NY. For more information, visit www.freshdirect.com or www.foodkick.com.