New York State Senator Iwen Chu recently allocated $50,000 in funding to the Sunset Park Family Support Center at NYU Langone in Brooklyn.
The money was provided through the New York Food for New York Families grant program, a state-wide initiative that provides essential funding to food pantries, medical centers, and other nonprofits to purchase fresh food products grown by local farmers.
The grant will allow the Sunset Park Family Health Center — which provides healthcare services to residents across Sunset Park and Southern Brooklyn — to distribute the farmer-produced goods to local communities that are facing food insecurity.
“The Family Health Centers at NYU Langone would like to thank Senator Chu for her ongoing support in bringing food to the underserved community of Sunset Park.” said Larry McReynolds, executive director of Family Health Centers at NYU Langone.
“As a health provider, we know the impact healthy, fresh meals [have] on one’s physical and mental wellbeing. This grant will help bridge the food insecurity gap within our neighborhood, ultimately making the residents healthier.”
In addition to the grant, during the week of Thanksgiving, Senator Chu also extended her support to the center by donating 30 turkeys, as well as participating in the healthcare facility’s Thanksgiving food distribution program.
“Sunset Park Family Health Center has been an extraordinary partner to our community, and this funding will go a long way in closing the food insecurity gap for families across my district,” said Senator Chu. “Every family should have access to fresh, healthy food, especially during the holiday season. I am grateful for this funding and look forward to continuing the fight for food justice.”