In 2012, I partnered with GrowNYC, the Department for the Aging, and more than a dozen senior centers to deliver fresh, locally-grown fruit and vegetables for just $8 a bag. Last year, the Fresh Food for Seniors program expanded to include neighborhoods stretching from the West Village to Northern Manhattan and Roosevelt Island.
Seniors pay $8 for a bag containing five to six varieties of fresh fruit and vegetables – a retail value of $15 to $18. Orders are pay-as-you-go, one week ahead of each delivery date. Fresh Food for Seniors allows seniors to sign up for just one order at a time so that they can decide how much food they need, when they need it.
Produce is ordered through GrowNYC at wholesale prices from farmers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.
All New Yorkers need as much access as possible to fresh, healthy, locally-sourced food. Access to fresh and local food for vulnerable and low-income populations is the most pressing food and nutrition issue facing New Yorkers today.
Sign up and delivery dates are provided here:
Upper West Side
In partnership with Council Member Helen Rosenthal and GrowNYC
Delivery dates: June 27, July 18, Aug. 1, Aug. 15, Aug. 29, Sept. 12, Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 24, Nov. 7, Nov. 21
Open to all Seniors:
Open to Senior Center Members and/or building residents only:
Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea and West Village
In partnership with Council Speaker Corey Johnson and GrowNYC
Delivery dates:July 11, July 25, Aug. 8, Aug. 22, Sept. 5, Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 31
Open to all Seniors:
Open to Senior Center Members only:
In partnership with GrowNYC and The Doe Fund
Delivery dates: Sept. 13, Sept. 27, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8
Sign-ups open as of Sept. 4
Borough President's Northern Manhattan Office
431 West 125th Street
Central Harlem Senior Citizens' Centers -- Kennedy Center
34 West 134th Street
92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue
In partnership with GrowNYC and the Roosevelt Island Senior Center, a program of Carter Burden Network and the Roosevelt Island Disabled Association
Delivery dates: July 11, July 25, Aug. 8, Aug. 22, Sept. 5, Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 31
Roosevelt Island Senior Center
546 Main Street