BENEFITING: SAPNA NYC INC
The Bronx is now the epicenter of New York City's COVID-19 crisis, with the highest per capita rate of infection. Communities that already had high rates of poverty and chronic disease are being devastated by the pandemic. Sapna NYC, a community based organization located in the Bronx, is launching an emergency food pantry to address the increasing food insecurity in our neighborhoods due to COVID-19. Your $100 donation will provide a family with a week's worth of groceries. Please consider donating any amount you can and sharing with your networks. Together we can make sure that families don't go hungry in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. All funds will go directly to food pantry costs.
Almost 95% of people we are reaching out to with our wellness calls are reporting unemployment for all working members of their households. Of those eligible, some community members have neither received their stimulus checks nor their unemployment checks. In addition, most grocery stores in the area are closed and those that do remain open have limited inventory—fewer vegetables/fruit and little of the South Asian staples that our community relies on (rice, lentils, etc.). The stores that do remain open are charging twice as much for the same products. The few pantries that remain open in the area have limited hours and are overwhelmed with lines of over 200 people.
Our community members are the restaurant workers, taxi drivers, domestic workers, delivery workers, and small businesses who are facing unemployment. These are the communities that don’t have options of remote work, cannot afford to stock up on groceries, and live in such overcrowded spaces that social distance isn’t a reality. These are the communities with limited English proficiency and limited digital literacy making it difficult to access information or benefits online. Each day they are forced to make difficult decisions on what they can afford - medicine, rent, minutes for their phone, and food. These are choices no one should have to make.
Thanks to the support of Robinhood Foundation and New York Women's Foundation, we're opening our pantry in two weeks and will be able to feed 50 families a week for 8 weeks. The need, however, is much greater and with your help we would like to expand to serve at least 100 families per week for 16 weeks. We are creating the pantry with our community in mind and will be including South Asian staples, but our pantry and case management services will be open to anyone in need.