Beginning Monday, Aug. 3, Trinity Church Wall Street will be offering a Compassion Meals program, providing grab-and-go food bags at five sites in the Bronx and Queens to help address the crisis in food insecurity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
With sharp rises in the unemployment rate, the cost of groceries, and the number of people seeking assistance from food pantries and soup kitchens, food insecurity is at an all-time high in New York City. Compassion Meals seeks to help families as they cope with COVID-19 and the pressures it has caused and serve those in some of the areas hardest hit by the pandemic.
Each day, 1,000 meals will be distributed, consisting of single-serving non-perishable, shelf-stable items. Bags will be provided while supplies last. Distribution will rotate among five locations each weekday. The locations are in communities that have high rates of COVID-19, have seen more than 50% of their emergency food pantries close since the pandemic began, and are experiencing severe food need.
The food will be provided by Great Performances, a Bronx-based catering and hospitality company that has focused its efforts during the COVID-19 crisis on helping to feed New Yorkers.
Dates, times, and locations for the program follow:
Mondays, beginning Aug. 3, 11am-2pm
2547 E. Tremont Ave.
Bronx, NY 10461
Tuesdays, beginning Aug. 4, 11am-2pm
1920 New Haven Ave.
Far Rockaway, NY 11691
Wednesdays, beginning Aug. 5, 10am-2pm
1023 Allerton Ave.
Bronx, NY 10469
Thursdays, beginning Aug. 6, 11:30am-2:30pm
Co-op City - rotating locations
Bronx, NY 10475
- Bartow Mall Pedestrian Plaza, 2047 Bartow Avenue (Aug. 6, Aug. 27)
- 177 Dreiser Loop (Aug. 13)
- 120 Erskine Place (Aug. 20)
Fridays, beginning Aug. 7, 11am-2pm
El Coqui Community Garden
414 E.163rd St. (Melrose side)
Bronx, NY 10451
In addition to the Compassion Meals program, daily Brown Bag lunches are available for pickup at Trinity Church Wall Street at Broadway and Wall Street, 7 days a week, 9am-5pm.