May 4, 2020
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jared Mintz
(718) 225-6750 x282
Commonpoint Queens Delivers 58,692 meals to 24,148 households in 45 neighborhoods
Queens, NY — Since March 16th, Commonpoint Queens has delivered 58,692 meals to 24,148 households. The human services organization – formerly known as the Samuel Field Y and the Central Queens Y – delivered 36,423 meals through their two food pantries (located at their two main locations in Forest Hills and Little Neck) and 22,269 ready-to-eat prepared meals.
The Commonpoint Queens meal program includes twice-weekly deliveries of frozen meals, milk, bread, and juice. Pantry packages include fresh eggs, canned and fresh vegetables and fruit, pasta sauce, frozen chicken, canned fish, rice, and canned soup.
Delivering thousands of meals has required thirty-four drivers working six days a week.
New York State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic and New York State Assemblymembers Ed Braunstein and David Weprin have pitched in to help deliver meals and groceries to homebound seniors. Braunstein also delivered two cases of hand sanitizer, and New York State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky donated a case of masks to Commonpoint Queens.
PHOTO: New York State Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (right) and Craig Lastres, Commonpoint Queens AVP of Operations (left)
PHOTO: New York State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (right), Commonpoint Queens CEO Danielle Ellman (center), and New York State Assemblyman David Weprin (left)
The organization also continues to make a significant impact in helping Queens community-members navigate the workforce, offering Adult Employment Services including:
- Career Readiness and Counseling
- Job Search, Placement, and Retention Services
- Healthcare Certifications
- Freelance Training
- ESOL Classes, ABE/Pre-HSE/HSE, Digital Literacy Classes
- Work Supports Screening and Enrollment
- Digital Food Pantry
- Tax Preparation Services
New Services Offered with the opening of the Upward New York Hub will include:
- Culinary Arts Training including Food Handler’s Certification
- Catering Social Enterprise
- Interest-Free Loan Assistance
- Financial and Legal Counseling
- SUNY Attain Lab
Opportunity Youth Workforce programs for young adults ages 16-24 include:
- Career Readiness Training
- Comprehensive Case Management
- Mental Health Counseling
- Pre-HSE and HSE Classes
- Occupational Training in Allied Health
- Paid Internships
- Job Placement
Commonpoint Queens will highlight their employment services for Tuesday, May 5th’s special #GivingTuesdayNow. They will showcase their innovative programs and success stories on social media on their Instagram page @commonpointqueens.
More About Commonpoint Queens
Commonpoint Queens is a social services organization that meets the diverse and evolving needs in the borough of Queens —a place where people of all ages and backgrounds come together to find support, access opportunities, and build connections to the community throughout their lives.