City to use Kingsbridge Armory as emergency food depot

Cabrera ponders Kingsbridge Armory’s future
The Kingsbridge Armory, which is in CM Fernando Cabrera’s district will now be used as a temporary food distribution center.
Photo courtesy Robert Benimoff

What was used as a hub for supplies and food post Hurricane Sandy will once again serve the same purpose.

In the wake of COVID-19 crisis, the EDC announced Friday that the Kingsbridge Armory will be used as an emergency food distribution center. EDC manages the armory on behalf of the city and facilitated the temporary transfer of the premise for emergency purposes in connection with Covid-19.

The armory is in Councilman Fernando Cabrera’s district and he commended the EDC for this decision.

“I’m pleased to announce that at my recommendation to New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC), the Kingsbridge Armory will now be used as a food distribution center to provide much needed support and assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Cabrera said.  “The Kingsbridge Armory — widely believed to be the largest such facility in the world — is an invaluable resource in this community. I’m proud that this asset will be put to great use to help New Yorkers in this time of crisis.”

Families that sign up through this portal can register for a box with two days worth of food and have them delivered by TLC-registered taxi drivers.

The criteria for families are listed below, and TLC-licensed drivers can sign-up here to work on this campaign. They are compensated at $15/hour plus $5/hour for expenses.

The GetFoodNYC program is available to you if:

  • Are unable to go out and get food for yourself.
  • Do not have someone else in your household who can get food for you.
  •  Do not have a family member, friend, or neighbor who lives nearby who can get food for you.
  • Do not receive food from Meals on Wheels, God’s Love We Deliver or a similar service.
  • Are not able to afford food delivery from a restaurant or grocery store.

If you qualify, you should note that:

  • Each household can only make one order every two days.
  • Currently, orders are not recurring. If you need additional food, you should submit a new order.
  • Orders placed before 11 a.m. will be delivered within two days of the order date. Orders placed after 11 a.m. will be delivered within three days of the order date.
  • Each person who needs food will be given one box, which is designed to last two days.
  • GetFoodNYC will deliver to a maximum of two people in each household.
  • The amount of food delivered is based on the number of people in your household who need food from this service.
  • GetFoodNYC will collect information about any dietary restrictions but cannot guarantee those requests can be met, based on food supply.

TLC Driver Food Delivery

  • The City has created the GetFoodNYC Food Delivery Program to provide food for coronavirus (COVID-19)-vulnerable and food-insecure New Yorkers not currently served through existing food delivery programs.
  • We are asking TLC-licensed drivers to participate in this important work by assisting in delivering food to New Yorkers who must stay home.

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