Tropical storms Irene and Lee caused widespread damage throughout upstate communities, especially in the Upper Catskills. With damaged roads and bridges, lack of access to supermarkets, inadequate transportation and high gas prices, many residents are going to face critical food and supply shortages in the upcoming months.
With the help of City Harvest, Regional Food Bank, and Move for Hunger, GrowNYC is answering this call for help by collecting needed items at Greenmarkets throughout the City. Donations will be distributed to communities most in need by the New York State Regional Food Bank.
Over 10% of the farmers who provide fresh and local produce at Greenmarkets in the City have lost all of their crops for the year due to severe flooding during and after Hurricane Irene. We urge all New Yorkers to come to together and help feed the communities that have helped feed all of us for so long.
Collections will take place from 8am-2pm at markets on the dates listed below.
Union Square: Un Sq North (in pavilion), Saturdays 10/1, 10/8 97th St: 97th St btw Columbus & Amsterdam, Fridays 9/30, 10/7
Abingdon Square: 12th St & 8th Ave, Saturdays 10/1, 10/8
Brooklyn Greenmarkets – all 9/24, 10/1, 10/
Grand Army Plaza: Prospect Pk W & Flatbush, Saturdays Ft.
Greene: Washington Pk and Dekalb, Saturdays Bay Ridge: 3rd Ave & 95th St, Saturdays
Sunnyside: Skillman & 42nd St, Saturdays 10/1, 10/8
Socrates Sculpture Pk: Vernon & Broadway, Saturdays 10/1, 10/8
Jackson Heights: 34th Ave & 77th St, Sundays 10/2, 10/9
Staten Island Greenmarkets – 10/1, 10/8
Staten Island Mall: parking lot on Richmond Ave, Saturdays
Bronx Greenmarkets – 10/4, 10/11
BX Borough Hall: Grand Concourse & 161st St, Tuesdays
Food and Supplies Needed:
Canned Meals (Chili, Ravioli, etc.)
Shelf-stable or Instant Milk
Greenmarket is a program of GrowNYC, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Greenmarket’s mission is to promote regional agriculture and ensure a continuing supply of fresh local produce for New Yorkers. To learn more visit www.grownyc.org.