During the pandemic, community fridges have proved essential for food-insecure New Yorkers. There is one fridge in Brooklyn that has gone above and beyond. Located at Myrtle Avenue and Adelphi Street, a refrigerator is stocked with free food for anyone who needs it. The refrigerator was put in place last month by Clinton Hill Fort Greene Mutual Aid, a nonprofit group formed during the coronavirus crisis to help provide groceries to homebound residents. Volunteers are in charge of picking up the food donated by local businesses. Then they sort and package the fresh food and place “use by” dates on them. There are also shelves for non-perishable foods, a can opener for those who can’t wait to eat and bags to take items home. They say the most popular items are milk and eggs and they’re doing outreach to get more donors.
Construction Union Laborers Local 79, the Greater New York Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust are partnering with Queensbridge Cutz, a Black and union member-owned barbershop. Together they are handing out 150 vouchers for free haircuts for children 17 and under. The initiative is particularly aimed at kids living at the Queensbridge Houses. Families will have 30 days to use their vouchers to schedule a safe haircut at Queensbridge Cutz.
Members of the Test + Trace corps set up in the Soundview section of the Bronx, Flushing, Queens; the North Shore of Staten Island and Sunset Park, Brooklyn to provide information about where to get a free COVID-19 test. The goal of this effort is to keep the positive rate of those tested, also known as the infection rate, at no more than one percent, to insure the virus is held at bay. Test and trace leaders said they’re also working with labs to push for faster result; New Yorkers say they’re waiting days or weeks to find out. The test and trace corp plans to hold Testing days of action like this in other neighborhoods across the five boroughs in upcoming weeks to keep urging people to get tested.
Wearing a mask in public is now required to help stop the spread of COVID-19. WNYC’s Gwynne Hogan reports that store workers are tasked with making sure people comply, but that’s not always easy because ‘People Don’t Listen’
The city is ramping up coronavirus testing today in an effort to keep a handle on the virus. Wednesday is being called a COVID-19 testing “day of action.” The goal is to test 150,000 people by the end of the week. There are more than 180 testing sites across New York City. Testing is encouraged for everyone, not just those with symptoms. Results take approximately three to five days to return.
Here is a link for testing sites across NYC: https://www.nychealthandhospitals.org/covid-19-testing-sites/
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The MTA has installed a dozen vending machines with personal protective equipment at 10 subway stations across the city. The pilot program allows customers to buy reusable face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes.
The New York City Department of Education is committed to making three free meals available daily for any New Yorker. Any New Yorker who wants one can get three free meals a day at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city. No one will be turned away at any time All adults and children can pick up three meals at one time.
It’s not something you see everyday, a fridge outside that offers free food to New Yorkers. Non-profits and grassroots organizations, including Community Solidarity, put the fridge in place to help the community before the outbreak of COVID-19. Those living in an apartment at 133 Van Buren Street, where the fridge is located, keep an eye on it to make sure it stays stocked. They say it’s a community effort where restaurants, grocery stores, and individuals all contribute. Anyone is welcome to give or take at any time in the day.
The majority of New York City residents live in apartments — in close quarters with neighbors above, below and on either side. And that has added to the challenges of slowing the spread of COVID-19 in the five boroughs. My colleagues Rebeca Ibarra Calabrese and Danny Lewis worked together to better understand how residents and building owners can protect themselves and one another from COVID-19. The two sat down with All Things Considered Host Jami Floyd to discuss.
Until now, no other news network in America has dedicated 24 hours a day, every day, to telling the stories that matter the most to the black community.
It’s estimated that more than 100 million homes nationwide will have access to the Black News Channel, which is operating out of Tallahassee, Florida. But executives hope their digital reach will extend around the globe.