How to help others in need

How to help others in need

Thank you to Arun Venugopal for this important story and drawing attention to New Yorkers who are going hungry during this time of COVID-19. His story focuses on Sharmila Moonga, a 53-year old Queens-based woman who was on disability and began to run out of food at the start of the pandemic and unable to eat for two weeks.

As she notes: “There were times when I thought I’d knock on the door or slip a note under somebody’s door and say, ‘I’ve run out of milk…I felt vulnerable. I felt embarrassed. And I felt ‘I can survive this.’”. Luckily, Sharmila Moonga was able to receive help from COVID Care Neighbor Network, which offers free deliveries for those going hungry.

It’s a story that is all too familiar around the city and the rest of the country, highlighted even more during this pandemic and as food bank lines are at an all-time high. Pleae make sure to check on your neighbors, friends, acquaintances and family members who may be especially vulnerable right now. There are also several organizations around the city that accept donations and volunteers to help pack and deliver food, supplies and medicine to individials and families in need.

A few of these groups and organizations:
Covid Care Neighbor Network Servicing Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, and Corona
Clinton Hill / Fort Greene Mutual Aid: A group of neighbors banding together to deliver food and supplies in the area. If you join their group on Slack, you’ll be linked to your own neighborhood, even if you’re not in Fort Greene or Clinton Hill.
Invisible Hands: Free deliveries to at-risk community members facing a risk of COVID-19
NYC Food Delivery Assistance: Households that qualify may order three days of food at a time for up to a month.
Undocumented Women’s Fund: The organization offers direct financial support for single headed households

Posted: May 20th, 2020

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