Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso, Brooklyn For All, Inc. Host First Thanksgiving Food Distribution

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Food distribution will support 100 local Brooklyn nonprofits’ holiday programming

Partners of the distribution included Aetna, Hispanic Federation, Hunts Point Produce Market, National Grid, National Supermarket Association, New York City Hospitality Alliance, Ponce Bank, and Wegmans

BROOKLYN, NY (November 18, 2022) – Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso, in coordination with his city-affiliated charitable corporation Brooklyn for All, Inc., today hosted the administration’s first Thanksgiving food distribution, supporting nearly 100 local Brooklyn nonprofits’ holiday programming. Through sponsorships and support from nine organizations, the receiving nonprofits each received two frozen turkeys, a box of canned goods and starches, and multiple parcels of assorted fruits and vegetables. Sponsors and supporters of Borough President Reynoso’s Thanksgiving giveaway included Aetna Better Health of NY, Hispanic Federation, Hunts Point Produce Market, Kings Plaza / Macerich, National Grid, National Supermarket Association, New York City Hospitality Alliance, Ponce Bank, and Wegmans.

“Families throughout Brooklyn feel food insecurities and the impacts of our high cost to living every day of the year, but especially around the holidays when everyone wants to celebrate with loved ones and express their culture through food. We have to address these issues on a larger scale, making food and nutrition more accessible and sustainable for everyone,” said Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso. “So many organizations throughout our borough work tirelessly to create access to food for some of our most vulnerable residents, and they need the support to continue doing that work. I’m grateful to our nonprofit, Brooklyn for All, and all of our generous partners that were able to come together to give these organizations that added support this season, making this Thanksgiving a little bit easier for our neighbors.”

“Putting the people of Brooklyn first is our number one priority at Brooklyn for All during this holiday season as we battle food insecurity. We are proud to drive our Borough President’s vision to create a Brooklyn that is for all Brooklynites. We are grateful for all of our sponsors and supporters who believe in our work and service,” said Brooklyn for All, Inc. Board Chair Dr. Debbie Almontaser.

The local Brooklyn nonprofits selected to be a part of Borough President Reynoso and Brooklyn for All’s Thanksgiving food distribution were all 501(c)(3) organizations. In their food bundles, the organizations received turkeys, starches, assorted non-perishables, fruits, and vegetables to help supplement their Thanksgiving programing next week. The 100 organizations span the borough.

“Aetna Better Health of NY is proud to partner with Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso and his team and contribute to the food distribution to the senior community during this Thanksgiving celebration,” said Senior Community Development and Account Manager of Aetna Better Health of NY Maria Delgado.

“With inflation and other challenges facing New Yorkers, it’s more imperative than ever to ensure that families can find some respite and have food on the table during the holidays. Hispanic Federation is proud to partner with Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso and volunteers to support community members, remind New Yorkers they are never alone, and strengthen our overall city,” said President of the Hispanic Federation Frankie Miranda.

“The Hunts Point Produce Market is excited to partner with Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso during our Week of Giving. The Market is in the business of feeding people, and we are grateful to join forces with Borough President Reynoso to support food insecure families during the holiday season,” said Hunts Point Produce Market CEO Phillip Grant.

“Macerich’s Kings Plaza is grateful for the support of our Borough President during this year’s turkey donation. Through our partnership, we were able to distribute 150 Thanksgiving turkeys to the people in our Brooklyn communities who are most in need. We look forward to the Borough President’s support next year as we continue this holiday tradition,” said Area Senior Manager, Marketing of Kings Plaza Dawn Simon.

“The Brooklyn Borough Hall Thanksgiving distribution is providing much needed support to help families facing food insecurity, as increased prices are putting a financial strain on many households. Our employee volunteers are committed to giving back during this special time of the year so families can enjoy a holiday meal. National Grid is committed to collaborating with stakeholders to create a more equitable future for every community and customer we serve,” said National Grid Director of Community & Customer Engagement Renee McClure.

“We are thrilled to partner with Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso at this year’s Thanksgiving Distribution. It’s an honor to give back to the communities where we live and serve,” said Director of Government Relations at the National Supermarket Association Nelson Eusebio. “There is so much need out there, but we hope to put a smile on a family’s face knowing that they have food to celebrate the holiday season.”

“In a time where many New Yorkers are experiencing food insecurity, Ponce Bank is very pleased to partner with the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office and support its food distribution program during this Thanksgiving holiday season,” says President of Ponce Bank Carlos Naudon. “Ponce Bank has a strong history of being responsive when communities are in need and this program is a natural fit for us as we support the Brooklyn Borough President and his staff in making a real difference in the lives of individuals and families during these difficult times.”

“Wegmans is excited to partner with Borough President Antonio Reynoso on the “Brooklyn for All” Thanksgiving food distribution. We are proud to support community-based food providers in fighting food insecurity. As a family company, this initiative is special to us. It reminds us that we are all family and to take care of each other,” said Wegmans Brooklyn Store Manager Christopher Mickens.   

“Thanksgiving is a time to reflect, be grateful, and support the communities we serve. That’s why our city’s restaurants, bars, and nightclubs are proud to join with other community leaders to support Borough President Antonio Reynoso’s efforts to ensure that our neighbors across Brooklyn enjoy a wonderful meal this Thanksgiving,” said Executive Director of NYC Hospitality Alliance Andrew Rigie.

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