March 5, 2022
Meal delivery services will continue for families displaced by the Bronx fire staying at Shelter hotels
NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams and the Mayor’s Fund to Move New York City forward announced today the continuation of meal delivery services to support those affected by the apartment fire at January 9 in the Bronx. Delivery of culturally appropriate meals will continue through a partnership between the Mayor’s Fund and the NYS Latino Restaurant, Bar & Lounge Association (NYSLRBLA). World Central Kitchen (WCK) generously provided food service immediately following the fire. After WCK focused on serving Ukrainian refugees in Europe, Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson arranged a temporary food delivery through The Hoodspitality Group until the partnership with the Mayor’s Fund and NYSLRBLA be established. NYSLRBLA-coordinated meal deliveries begin today.
“The fire in the Bronx was an indescribable tragedy, and I promised New York City would be there to help our neighbors through this,” said Mayor Adams. “I am grateful for the partnership that the Mayor’s Fund to Move New York City Forward and the NYS Latino Restaurant, Bar & Lounge Association have established to provide three meals a day to families displaced by this devastating fire. Knowing that you don’t have to worry about where your next meal comes from can make your whole day, and these New Yorkers can be sure their city has their backs. New York stands ready to provide affected families with all the support they need. I also want to thank Bronx Borough President Gibson for her partnership in helping coordinate meals in the meantime. The people of the Bronx are lucky to have a fighter like her on their side.
“We thank World Central Kitchen for supporting those affected by the tragic Bronx fire and are so grateful to the NYS Latino Restaurant, Bar & Lounge Association for stepping in so quickly to ensure continuity of services,” said Deputy Mayor for Strategic Initiatives Sheena Wright, Board Chair, Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. “Our office is committed to working in partnership with communities to ensure our neighbors have their needs met as they continue to recover. I also want to acknowledge and thank Borough President Gibson for her tireless advocacy on behalf of her constituents. »
“It has been two months since the tragic five-alarm fire at Twin Parks North West Apartments, and our team, alongside our elected official partners and non-profits, have worked diligently to ensure families continue. to receive support,” said Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson. “After immediately learning of the food service gap for affected families, my office has partnered with Hoodspitality Group to provide temporary food assistance to families in need, and we are delighted to hear that, thanks to this partnership between the Mayor’s Fund to Move New York City Forward and the New York State Latino Restaurant Association, restaurant services will continue for families. I also want, once again, to thank our first responders, essential workers, community partners and elected for their commitment and partnerships. We will continue to work with the Mayor’s office to ensure that all affected families receive resources and transparency throughout this process.
“New Yorkers will not allow those affected by the January 9 Bronx apartment building fire to go hungry,” said Daniele Baierlein and JL Paniagua Valle, Co-Executive Directors, Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. “The Mayor’s Fund is proud to partner with the NYS Latino Restaurant, Bar & Lounge Association to ensure culturally appropriate meals are delivered daily to individuals and families who continue to rebuild and recover from tragedy. We are also grateful to World Central Kitchen for serving meals immediately after the fire and for many weeks after.
“We are privileged to partner with Mayor Adams in his ongoing relief efforts to support grieving families from the Bronx Fire,” said Arelia Taveras, President, NYS Latino Restaurant, Bar & Lounge Association. “Our Latino restaurateurs will continue to support New York City and our local communities in times of adversity. Thank you for the opportunity to serve this great city!”
Those affected by the January 9 fire face a variety of associated costs. The Mayor’s Fund is working proactively with New York City to ensure relief services, such as meals, are provided to families as they recover and rebuild. Local organisations, including the Gambian Youth Organization, are providing additional support to those in need.