Meals For Brooklyn is launching the Greenpoint Pantry this weekend
The 55 Sutton St. location of the Food for Brooklyn pantry. (Via GoogleMaps)
Food for Brooklyn, a new grocery storage and delivery service, was launched a few weeks ago by married Greenpoint couple Blake and Laura Beth Comer, and the number of families on their delivery route is already growing. “Yesterday I delivered a week’s worth of groceries to six families and we have already picked up another family for the next week,” said Comer.
He began delivering groceries to families in North Brooklyn after coordinating with a friend who volunteered at the grocery bank for the Roots Cafe at the Park Slope coffeeshop.
Food for Brooklyn will hold its first pantry distribution at 55 Sutton Street this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Supporting a household with four children, the Comers say they know firsthand the stress of losing a source of income as Mr Comer is also a laid-off hotel worker. “The last thing people should worry about is putting food on the table,” said Mr. Comer.
The Comers chose Saturday as pantry day to make it easier for families to access groceries on weekends when choices can be limited. “During the week everyone can have lunch in the schools. We want to take care of people on the weekends if they don’t get that, ”said Comer. NYC schools serve as free breakfast and lunch centers Monday through Friday.
Aside from accepting donations for non-perishable groceries and canned goods, a Food for Brooklyn crowdfunding campaign has raised over $ 4,300 to date, and donors can purchase a wish list to purchase goods that will be distributed in the pantry.
“As we face a growing list of uncertainties in our daily lives, we believe that everyone should be sure of their next meal,” the campaign said.