In the first days of COVID-19 Long Island City and Astoria community leaders and organizations created the LIC Relief Covid-19 Response Group, with Hour Children among their Partner organizations and the Hour Children Community Outreach and Food Pantry as one of their two food pantries to be recipients for collected donations to be distributed to families within our community.
Simultaneously, many volunteers approached Hour Children, eager to join the need to help to change our client-choice program to a ‘grab and go’ meal program, mindful of the need and prepared to practice health concerns in order to protect our clients.
The ongoing response from our greater community was tremendous, and critical, as the numbers served from our food pantry doubled, then tripled.
Long-standing relationships with community leaders and greater borough organizations help us to continue to meet the ever changing needs of our clients, as daily donations arrived with not only basic food pantry supplies but also prepared meals and eventually, donations of the face coverings required to be used during the COVID-19 crisis.
Non-perishables goods arrive daily. Dedicated volunteerism continues, a tribute not only to our #QueensStrong response to dealing with COVID-19 but also the tremendous community spirit of our borough.
Surrounding neighborhood Covid relief community groups spring up and expanded mutual collaborations are formed to share meeting our ever-changing community needs.
Most importantly, Long Island City and Astoria will be known as neighborhoods where our families needs will be served not only during the COVID-19 crisis but long afterwards.