NYC food czar joins Sen. Roxanne Persaud (D-19) to distribute food hampers

Senator Roxanne Persaud (D-19) and DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, NYC "food czar," join volunteers during a food distribution at Brooklyn Lifestyle Athletic Club, (BKLA) in Canarsie.
Photo by Tangerine Clarke

Senator Roxanne J. Persaud, (D-19), on Aug. 27, continued her weekly food distribution drive, and was joined by NYC’s COVID-19 food Czar Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, who helped to share thousands of pounds of food, during the day of giving at the Brooklyn Lifestyle Athletic Club, (BKLA) in Canarsie.

The partnership with Campaign Against Hunger, that began over the COVID-19 months, Sen. Persaud said, has helped thousands of residents in the 19th Senate District, who have been experiencing food insecurity.

People lined up early, to receive the free food hampers, hand sanitizer, and facemask, as communities across Brooklyn, are forced to join food distribution lines, due to the on going coronavirus pandemic that has put a halt on business as usual, and the way people live, and stay on a healthy diet.

With the help of GCA, VillageCareMax, the (BKLA), and Carpenter Contractor Alliance of Metropolitan New York, volunteers, and staff headed by Jennifer Viechweg Horsford, the distribution was seamless.

Senator Roxanne Persaud and staff member Jennifer Viechweg Horsford, help distribute food at Brooklyn Lifestyle Athletic Club, (BKLA) in Canarsie. Photo by Tangerine Clarke

Sen. Persaud, thanked the Food Bank, and partners that has helped more that 15000 residents in the 19th-Senate district, that encompasses, Canarsie, East New York, Brownsville, Mill Basin, Sheepshead Bay, Bergen Beach, Marine Park, Flatlands, Mill Island, Georgetown, Ocean Hill and Starrett City, have benefited from the program.

The politician also thanked, Brooklyn Canarsie Lions and President Bishop Nathan Williams, and the DSNY District Superintendent Basile and his team, and acknowledged, DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia whose role of “Food Czar” during this pandemic has been exemplary, she noted.

“My Team SD-19 members were my CoS Ms. Maylene Thurton, and staff members Ms. Jennifer Viechweg-Horsford and Mr. Jevaughn Williams, thank you,” she said.

Commissioner Garcia expressed gratitude to volunteers who spread-out to clear the long line. She added that she was thrilled to join Senator Persaud, noting, it was great to help in the handing out of food package, in the blistering 90-degree heat.

Managing Partner, BKLA, Cory Galloway, praised the measure, and partnership with Sen. Persaud, noting that the management is awaiting the approval of the Mayor’s Office to reopen the fitness club, equipped with swimming pools, and other amenities.

To learn of upcoming food distribution, go to Facebook SD19Senator Persaud, Twitter @SenatorPersaud, Instgram: sd19SenatorPersaud, or email: [email protected]/gov. 718-649-7653.

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