Focus on Feeding Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan, and Queens Residents

People with intellectual and other developmental disabilities will give back to the community on Martin Luther King Day. These volunteers, who receive support from AHRC New York City, will collect and distribute food for hungry New Yorkers.  Staff members, families and other community volunteers will join their efforts.

More than 1.2 million New York City residents, or 14.4 percent, are food insecure, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  New York City residents make up 50% of all food-insecure people living in New York State. New York City’s food insecurity rate is 12 percent higher than the national rate.

This marks AHRC NYC’s second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service food drive, set for Jan. 20, 2020. In its first year, 1,500 pounds of food was donated, which provided meals for nearly 400 people, with support from 118 volunteers on a bitter 7-degree day.

For the people AHRC NYC supports, this project provides a valuable opportunity to become involved in their neighborhoods and promote positive images of themselves. By taking leading roles, they have a chance to be seen as contributors to their communities and fully valued citizens.

Volunteers are welcome to register online. Activities at all four sites will be from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

MLK Day of Service Locations

Crown Heights, Brooklyn

  • Public School 241
  • 976 President St., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11225

Bushwick, Brooklyn

  • AHRC NYC’s Wendy M. Siegel Center
  • 522 Bushwick Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11206

East Village, Manhattan

  • AHRC NYC’s Norfolk Day Habilitation
  • 101 Norfolk St., New York, N.Y. 10002

Elmhurst, Queens

  • AHRC NYC’s Joseph T. Weingold Center
  • 76-09 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, N.Y. 11373

Community volunteers of all ages are invited to help those in need, learn more about food insecurity in New York City, and discover different ways to help make a difference in their neighborhoods. Volunteers will:

  • Package non-perishable food
  • Pick up donated food from partnering restaurants
  • Deliver food to people in need

Children will:

  • Make cards for homebound elders’ food deliveries
  • Create arts & crafts
  • Participate in health and wellness demonstrations

AHRC NYC has organized a city-wide food drive in partnership with local community partners & organizations, including NBC, Brooklyn Brewery, Berkeley College and the New York Public Library. Donations of winter clothing, socks, and personal hygiene items are also being accepted.

AHRC NYC received a grant from The Arc in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that leads the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Thanks to AHRC NYC’s partnership with Rescuing Leftover Cuisine (RLC’s), City Meals on Wheels and the Food Bank for New York City, each volunteer site will pack and deliver food to people on those organizations’ routes.