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Send Groceries To A Senior In Need!

  05/08/2020 at 02:47 am

Imagine if you ran out of milk, eggs, bread, or butter and could not put on your mask and gloves and venture out to the grocery store or afford to have groceries delivered. What if you hadn’t had a piece of fresh fruit in 8 weeks? That’s the reality for many food-insecure, low-income elderly people in our community during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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While some seniors are receiving shelf-stable pantry staples like rice, beans, and canned goods from charitable organizations, many are hungry for fresh food. Amy Bennett, owner of The Greene Grape, has come up with an ambitious donation initiative to help exactly these people. We need your support to keep these deserving elderly people, who are most at risk of dying from COVID-19 and can't venture out to shop while the outbreak is raging, supplied with fresh food.

Shifting Greene Grape's donation focus exclusively to feeding food-insecure, low-income seniors allows us to do what we do best, provide high-quality, wholesome groceries to the wonderful people of our community. With your help, and in collaboration with One Community, we have already been supplying fresh groceries to 60 low-income seniors in Atlantic Commons. With the launch of this new initiative, we will be feeding 70 additional LGBTQ seniors who live in Stonewall House.

Last week our generous customers donated over $2,000 to feed first responders and food-insecure elderly people in public housing. That adds up to 118 sandwiches and nearly 50 bags of groceries. 

Our ambitious new goal is to provide 1,000 bags of fresh groceries to the elderly people of Atlantic Commons and Stonewall House until they can leave their homes. We are pleased to offer you the opportunity to donate in store, in addition to on our website. We will be creating a Wall of Fame to recognize donors and show our progress. 

Please consider donating now so we can send fresh groceries to the people in our community who otherwise would go without. When you place your next delivery order or when you shop at The Greene Grape, consider adding one of our donation products ($10 donation, $25 for a bag of groceries, or $500 for 20 bags of groceries) to your order. Each bag contains the same delicious, high-quality food you buy for yourself and your family, including:

1 stick of butter 
1 loaf of bread
1 quart of milk
2 apples
2 bananas
1/2 dozen eggs
1/2 pound of sliced cheese
1/2 pound of cold cuts

After next week’s sandwich donations are delivered to first responders, we’re passing the torch to Brooklyn For Life. Stevie & The Maimonides paramedics and the healthcare heroes at Brooklyn Hospital and Cumberland Hospital will be in good hands, receiving delicious meals prepared by local restaurants, including Fort Greene's own BittersweetBlack Forest BrooklynBlack IrisBrooklyn MoonDino, Dosa Royale, Graziella’s, and Peaches Hot House, through this innovative nonprofit founded by actor-activist Jeffrey Wright. The crucial mission of Brooklyn For Life is not only to feed first responders but also to help keep our local restaurants in business.

Thank you for your continued support. Perhaps you'll donate a bag of groceries in honor of your mother for Mother’s Day.  We would love to post your name (and hers) on The Greene Grape Wall of Fame!

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