By: CIARA MCCARTHY
September 28, 2017
A Manhattan program that delivers fresh, low-cost produce to seniors is expanding, Manhattan borough president Gale Brewer announced on Wednesday.
The initiative works to make healthy foods more accessible to seniors, some of whom are largely home-bound or have trouble accessing fresh produce. The program’s popularity means that it’ll now be getting its own dedicated van and a part-time driver, so that the initiative can reach more seniors.
Brewer started the Fresh Food for Seniors Program as a council member on the Upper West Side in 2013. Since then, she’s coordinated with other council members, including Corey Johnson and Helen Rosenthal, to reach seniors in Hell’s Kitchen, the West Village, Roosevelt Island, Harlem, Inwood and Washington Heights. The simple initiative gives participating seniors a bag of seasonal produce for just $8.
“This program has taken off, it’s popular, and it’s growing – but we needed a little help to make sure it’s sustainable and can expand even further,” Brewer said in a statement on Wednesday. “I thank the de Blasio Administration for making this investment in Manhattan seniors.”
“The Fresh Food for Seniors initiative is one of the most popular programs for my office and any opportunity to expand it is exciting.” Said Council Member Corey Johnson, Chair of the Council’s Health Committee. “By providing fresh fruits and vegetables at an affordable price, we ensure that the generation that helped build this city into what it is today are happy and healthy enough to enjoy it for many years to come.”