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#NewsFlash | Local Volunteers Feeding Hungry During Crisis
Times are bad, but some Long Island City residents are doing good.
About 80 volunteers recently formed LIC Relief: COVID-19 Response, a grassroots group that fights hunger.
For the main dish, LIC Relief has enlisted seven restaurants — Little Chef Little Kitchen, Piatto, Bella Via, Vernon Grille, Manetta’s, Centro Italian Kitchen, Bareburger, and Manducatis Rustica — to cook between 30 and 75 meals per day. Most of the food is delivered to residents of NYCHA properties such as Queensbridge, Ravenswood, Astoria Houses, and Woodside Houses, but some meals are available for pick up between the hours of noon and 2 pm.
On the side, LIC Relief has set up a temporary dry goods delivery center at the Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46th Ave., which will be open every weekday from 3 pm to 7 pm for drop off of dry goods such as pasta, beans, rice, and canned soup. (Click here to see which donations are appropriate.)
As for dessert, LIC Relief pays the restaurants $5 per meal.
The money comes from private donations by local residents and an initial dollar-for-dollar match from Your LIC, a group of local developers which includes TF Cornerstone, Plaxall, Simon Baron Development, and L&L Mag. Click here to donate so the group can continue meal delivery and purchase supplies to restock local food pantries.
LIC Relief needs volunteer drivers to pick up meals from the participating restaurants and bring them to the food pantries and senior centers. Delivery shifts are currently at 11:45 am and 2:45 pm each day, but they’re subject to change. To volunteer, visit this SignUp site or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Images: LIC Relief