COVID-19 has brought with it many challenges for all of us – but the hardest hit are those living in New York City’s most vulnerable neighborhoods. Food insecurity – affecting one out of every four New Yorkers – is the #1 challenge that low-income families in the City are currently facing. Due to the health crisis, children 12 and under, in particular, are experiencing food insecurity to an extent unprecedented in modern times.
As members of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club Brooklyn Board of Managers, we are committed to ensuring Madison’s young members have food on the table, continue to learn and grow, and stay connected to mentors during this challenging time. Madison’s role in the lives of its members – as a source of community, a resource for guidance and security, and a vehicle for connecting with opportunity – has never been more critical.
That’s why the Brooklyn Board has committed to raising $50,000 to help Madison fund critical needs outside its typical summer budget: specifically, a weekly food pantry program for its three Brooklyn Clubhouses. The program operates every Thursday evening and provides thousands of families with food assistance. Nutritious grocery packets include fresh produce, canned goods, and pantry items.
All funds raised will benefit Madison’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, which will also help cover critical needs such as reusable face masks for kids and additional laptops. If you are in the position to give, we hope you will consider making a contribution today to support our efforts.
The Brooklyn Board of Managers