The ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the world, putting the most vulnerable communities at risk for infection and economic hardship.
According to a poll published by The New York Times, 49% of New York City residents are concerned about how they will afford food during the pandemic. As a result, the number of people turning to the Food Bank For New York City’s emergency food network has increased by 50%. To help provide meals for New Yorkers in need, WQHT-FM HOT 97 and its sister-station, WBLS-FM 107.5, teamed up with the Food Bank For New York City to provide 225,000 meals to the hungry.
Last month, the organization launched two GoFundMe campaigns with the goal of raising funds to support 200,000 meals in total, reported NY1. However, the initiatives surpassed the goal.
“To see everyone come together and support in such an authentic way was really special. People want to help each other. We’re lucky to be able to make it happen,” said HOT 97 radio personality Ebro Darden in a statement. In addition, Grace Foods, the Caribbean’s leading food manufacturer and distributor, also donated 1600 lbs of food.
“The WBLS listening family really rallied around this! We proclaimed it to be Food Bank Friday, got the word out on-air that we were close to the goal, and the donations came pouring in,” said longtime WBLS radio personality Shaila.
“We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from HOT 97 and WBLS, who rallied their listeners and supporters to ensure that our fellow New Yorkers have food on their tables,” said Dr. Camesha Grant, the Vice President, Community Connections & Reach. “Thanks to your support, Food Bank For New York City will be able to provide meals to many families in need through these very difficult times.”
Since the pandemic began, Food Bank says it distributed nearly 12.5 million meals throughout the state. The org has also partnered with the NYC Health + Hospitals network to provide food and emergency grocery bags for more than 30,000 healthcare workers