By Andreea Ioana Pantor
On Tuesday, June 27th, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced the return of the Fresh Food for Seniors Program. This initiative began in 2012 when Brewer partnered with GrowNYC (an organization which utilizes environmental programs to improve quality of life), the NYC Department for the Aging, and over a dozen senior centers, to deliver fresh, affordable produce to seniors throughout the City.
Through the Fresh Food Program, seniors can purchase a grocery bag full of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables (worth $12.00) for just $8.00 at participating senior centers and other sites throughout the City. Now, through November, seniors can sign up to receive the fresh produce twice a month in the West Village, Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, the Upper West Side, and Roosevelt Island. Participants must register and pay a week in advance of the pick-up dates for each location.
Within the West Village, all seniors can access Council Member Corey Johnson’s District Office, which is located at 224 West 30th Street, Suite 1206. At that location, seniors may sign up for the Fresh Food program on Mondays and Tuesdays. Additionally, senior center members may access the: Encore Senior Center, Greenwich House, Hudson Guild, SAGE Center: Midtown, VISIONS, and the Penn South Program for Seniors.
For more information on the Fresh Food for Seniors Program, please contact Shula Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 669-2392.