Meal and Food Options During the Coronavirus Crisis
All meals previously served at Bay Ridge Center and all senior centers have been replaced by home-delivered food packages. To apply for delivery, read through the instructions and fill out the form on the GetFoodNYC webpage, or, if you need help applying please call us at Bay Ridge Center, 718-748-0650. You can also use the form on our homepage and we will get back to you and help arrange a food plan. Below are many links to food programs or grocery stores (for those who can get out to shop).
GET FOOD NYC: Covid-19 Emergency Food Distribution.The food distribution at schools has been cut back as schools are readied to open this fall. In Bay Ridge, adults can pick up free food packs from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at the Ralph A. Fabrizio School, 619 72nd Street. Halal meals available at this location. The city's GetFood webpage includes links to a map for food programs (type in your zip code at the top), apply for SNAP (food stamps), start or cancel food delivery, see home cooking tips, and more. Older persons are encouraged to stay home and much as possible and apply for delivered meals. Call the Center to arrange home delivery before heading out or contact Bay Ridge Cares, (718) 635-0219, about their shopping and delivery volunteers.
MEALS ON WHEELS: continues as normal for those who are home-bound and have been signed up for the Home Delivered Meals program from Bay Ridge Center. We deliver more than 650 hot meals to home-bound older residents in our neighborhood. Click on this link for information on signing up for "home delivered meals."
FOOD PANTRIES: If you need grocery supplies, you might also check with any of these Brooklyn Food Pantries. Try calling first to check hours and what's available.
INVISIBLE HANDS VOLUNTEER DELIVERY: You can request delivery help on the website of Invisible Hands, a group of engaged volunteers working to bring groceries and supplies to those in high-risk demographics. They focus most prominently on the elderly, disabled, and immuno-compromised, but are available to help anyone in need.
FARMER'S MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM Provide low-income seniors with access to locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Those who are eligible are provided coupons to redeem fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers’ markets and farm stands.
Application deadline EXTENDED! Fill out an online application online and or you may apply by phone by contacting Aging Connect at 212-244-6469.
Seniors who meet the following eligibility requirements can apply for coupon booklets online:
Are 60 years of age or older; and earning either
$1,968/month (for a one-person household); or
$2,658/month (for a two-person household); or
$3,349/month (for a three-person household).
SFMNP coupon booklets are distributed on a first come first served basis. The coupon booklet and program information, including market schedule and nutrition education, are mailed direct to seniors through the US Postal Service.
PREPARED MEAL DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM at the office of State Senator Andrew Gounardes. On Mondays and Thursdays residents can pick up meals for a few days for a few members of their households. Bay Ridge office address: 8018 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209. Telephone: 718-238-6044. The office also produced a resource guide for the neighborhood with grocery stores, restaurants, and pharmacies that deliver, plus many links to important resources for health care, mental wellness, financial assistance, etc.
5TH AVENUE BID COVID-19 OPEN BUSINESS See this handy list on the BID website for the Bay Ridge area. You an also click on their interactive map to local restaurants, delis, pharmacies, and other open businesses near you.
FOOD RESOURCE GUIDE FOR BAY RIDGE & DYKER HEIGHTS: This guide was compiled by Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center with Share Meals, Hunger Free America, BetaNYC and Plentiful.
Congregate Meals - Suspended as of March 16
Here at the Center, we offer a hot meal Mon-Fri at 12 pm. The nutritious meal consists of a protein (such as meat, beans, or dairy), a whole grain (such as wheat bread, whole wheat pasta or brown rice), a vegetable, a fruit, a juice, and milk. The members really come together as a family and enjoy a meal together and socialize over their meal. Sign-up for lunch must be completed by 11:30 am to ensure the kitchen has the correct number of meals for lunch.
$1.50 contribution is for seniors who are 60 years old or over
$3.25 is required by a guest of a senior under 60 or staff members.
Our Nutrition programming provides instruction or information to participants regarding nutrition and dietary requirements for good health. Members enjoy trips to the farmers market, presentations and cooking demos designed to help them make better decisions regarding food choices. Nutrition Education provides instruction or information to participants regarding nutrition and dietary requirements for good health, the relationship of diet to illness, proper purchasing, preparation and storage of food, etc. Eating a balanced diet is a good tool for preventing disease and illness, energy and alertness.