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Photo: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, United for Brownsville and Riverdale Avenue Community School has partnered with Brighter Bites to distribute free produce to residents in the Brownsville community, reported Patch.

Each week, the organization has provided PPE, diapers, and fresh produce from City Harvest to those in need. As the program continues to grow, they’ve also distributed additional items based on community demand.

Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams joined the local non-profits to assist in distributing materials. “COVID-19 has informed the reality that there are no truly safe places left on the earth,” he said. “We are grateful for organizations like Brighter Bites, City Harvest, Food Bank for NYC, and all the local hands who have risen to the current crisis to serve their communities.

“We are thankful for those who have said: ‘Yes, I will serve my country in this crisis.’ We at Brooklyn Borough Hall stand with those who are helpers of the helpless, and we applaud Brighter Bites for their hard work, service, and generosity.”

Brighter Bites and united for Brownsville are community-run programs that are committed to working with the families in need. Brownsville is one of the many areas in Brooklyn devastated by COVID-19, but thanks to these non-profit programs, they’ve ensured that no resident is left behind.

“During the coronavirus pandemic, we have worked with our service providers to identify and communicate pathways to help residents get their basic needs met, created a video contest to highlight how families in Central Brooklyn are keeping themselves safe, and partnered with Riverdale Avenue Community School and Brighter Bites to distribute produce and hard-to-find essential items like face masks, soap, and diapers when available,” said United for Brownsville Co-Director David Harrington.

Yannise Jean

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