Local Eats for Brooklyn's Frontline Fighters in Brookdale Hospital, Brooklyn Hospital, Cumberland Health Center, Gotham Health Clinic East NY, Interfaith Medical Center, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital (almost Bk - they snuck in!), Woodhull Medical Center and Brooklyn FDNY EMS Battalions 31, 32, 35, 38, 39, 40, 43, 44, 57, 58 & 59.
This outbreak is touching all of us, whether or not we come in contact with the coronavirus. Of course, on the frontlines of efforts to protect us from this pandemic are the healthcare workers and the first responders. They're feeling pressures right now of which most of us are unaware.
As well, small businesses, particularly locally owned restaurants, are facing financial pressures as Brooklyn self-isolates to slow the spread of COVID-19. They’ve had to lay off workers, their revenues have dropped, or they've shuttered their doors completely. But many are still rolling by converting their operations to full-time takeout & delivery service.
We will work to help address both of these challenges, fueled by your tax-deductible donation.
It started as Operation Pizza, Vito Randazzo, owner of 15-year-old Graziella's Italian Restaurant at 232 Vanderbilt Ave, inviting customers to order pizzas for delivery to staff at Brooklyn Hospital, then Michael Thompson, owner of 25-yr-old Brooklyn Moon Cafe at 745 Fulton St, joined in offering delivery of his Caribbean/Soul food, all under the guidance of Lenny Singletary, Brooklyn Hospital VP for External Affairs.
We’ve now expanded that initial outreach through Brooklyn for Life!, an initiative managed by Brooklyn NY for Life!, Inc. (a registered 501(c)3 organization, EIN 85-0600127).
Since that first delivery of 200 meals per day to Brooklyn Hospital, we’ve ramped up to over 2500 meals per day provided by a rotating partnership of 42 Brooklyn for Life! restaurants (*see the growing list below).
With the support of the office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Brooklyn for Life! now delivers impact borough-wide.
Our goal is to fund each Brooklyn for Life! restaurant, enabling them to provide - at no cost to the recipients - at least 100-200 meals per day for delivery to the Brooklyn frontlines of this pandemic. And with Greene Bites, a bodega directly across the street from Brooklyn Hospital at 116 Dekalb Ave, we're providing a $500 per day allowance, so that anyone walking in with a Brooklyn Hospital ID gets food & drink on the house. In doing this, we’ll keep Brooklyn's grills & ovens hot to feed our community healthcare warriors and keep some of our vital local small businesses and members of their staff afloat in tough times.
Restaurants are culture in Brooklyn. They’re where we eat, of course. They’re how we stay connected. They’re where we live.
100% of all monies raised (beyond GoFundMe's processing fee & legal fees) will be used to provide meals from Brooklyn for Life! partner restaurants to the men and women on the frontlines.
Get these healthcare workers and first responders some good local eats. Get some revenue flowing to local faves. Lift up community. It’s who we are.
**ALL monies raised on this page will be deposited in a dedicated bank account of Brooklyn NY for Life!, Inc. (an incorporated 501(c)3 organization, EIN 85-0600127) for the purpose of providing meals from Brooklyn for Life! partner restaurants to Brooklyn-based hospital staff and first responders. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law, however, final approval from the IRS is pending.**
**PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with Conflicts of Interest Board Guidance, your support will not affect any future business dealings or the disposition of other matters between you as an individual or your organization, and the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office.**
If you'd like to register your restaurant with us, please use https://airtable.com/shryOzlwrLoX36SH1 We will do our best to include you as we push ahead.
*Brooklyn for Life! partner restaurants:
Black Forest Brooklyn
Brooklyn Sweet Spot
Cobble Hill Cafe
Hi Hello Crepes
Joe & Sals Pizza
Johns Donut Coffee Shop
Leo's Casa Calamari
Meat Up Grill
Nick's Lobster House
No. 7 Restaurant
Olde Brooklyn Bagel Shoppe
Peppinos Italian Restaurant
Shane's Brooklyn Restaurant
Soul Food Kitchen
Sweet Chef Baker
Two Steps Down
Yemen Cafe & Restaurant
Item donation partners:
Annie's Ginger Elixir
Girl Scout Troop 2339
Greene Grape Provisions
- NICHOLAS G VILLAPIANO
- Avri Beard
- Stuart Miller
- Tara Shivkumar
- John A Bonini
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