Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Community Partners Surpass Initial Goal of $25,000 to Support Frontline Workers and Local Businesses, Encourage Brooklynites to Continue Giving
All donations are buying meals from local restaurants for essential workers at The Brooklyn Hospital Center.
April 28, 2020
DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN—Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP) announced today that, in less than a week, it had surpassed its initial goal of raising $25,000 to buy meals from local restaurants for frontline workers at The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC). DBP is partnering with Myrtle Ave, Atlantic Ave, and Montague Street BIDs on an ongoing initiative to support the workforce and local businesses during this difficult time.
The campaign, which set an initial fundraising goal of $25,000, has raised more than $30,000 in two weeks to provide approximately 3,000 meals and counting for essential workers. But as the crisis extends into the Spring and The Brooklyn Hospital Center remains an epicenter in the fight against Coronavirus, the need to support these workers continues. DBP and its partners are encouraging people to continue donating in order to provide meals as long as they’re needed.
The Brooklyn Hospital Center has steadfastly served the Downtown Brooklyn community since 1845 through ordinary and challenging times and has stepped up once again during this pandemic. TBHC serves many in the community who are reliant on publicly funded healthcare – the very same communities that have been hit hardest by the coronavirus.
“We started this campaign to support the frontline workers at The Brooklyn Hospital Center who are saving lives everyday, while also helping give business to our local restaurants that may be struggling,” said Regina Myer, President of Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. “Working with our partners at Myrtle Ave, Atlantic Ave, and Montague Street BIDS, we have been absolutely blown away by the generosity of our fellow Brooklynites at this critical moment. To date, we will be able to provide more than two thousand meals. We are tremendously grateful to the workers for their bravery and hard work, and thank everyone who contributed to help us meet – and go beyond - our goal.”
“The community’s generosity has so moved us here at TBHC—the cards from school children, the donations of PPE, the 7 pm clapping—all have lifted our staff’s spirits tremendously. But the meals are perhaps the most precious gift,” said Gary G. Terrinoni, President and CEO of The Brooklyn Hospital Center. “This food feeds our souls as much as our bodies. They are a constant reminder of the care with which we, as a community, are watching out for each other.”
Many restaurants are struggling to stay in business as the city remains on lockdown. With help from the local community, the funds raised will go towards meals made by these restaurants and delivered to Center staff. DBP is a 501 (c)(3) not for profit organization, so the full amount of any donation is tax-deductible. All contributions are greatly appreciated.
You can donate, and see the list of participating restaurants here.