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Long Island City-Based City Harvest Looking for Volunteers to Pack Food for Fellow New Yorkers

March 23, 2020 By Allie Griffin

The Long Island City-based nonprofit City Harvest is in need of volunteers as more New Yorkers are going hungry due to job loss related to the coronavirus.

The organization — which takes leftover unused food and redistributes it to the hungry in New York City — is looking for volunteers to help put together packs of food.

Volunteers will pack family-sized bags with thousands of pounds of fresh produce and shelf-stable items for delivery to food pantries and City Harvest’s mobile markets.

Volunteers are specifically needed for various times Tuesday through Thursday at the organization’s Food Rescue Facility, located at 55-01 2nd St. in Long Island City.

A calendar for volunteers opportunities is on the City Harvest website. In order to volunteer, individuals will need to first create an account with City Harvest.

City Harvest asks people who are ill or showing symptoms of COVID-19 to not volunteer, as well as those who have been in close contact with others showing symptoms and those who have recently traveled to other countries.

Those unable to volunteer can also donate — for every dollar donated, the Board of Directors will donate two dollars. The board consists of about 30 members, many of whom are well known in the real estate and finance sectors.

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It’s nice what the volunteers are trying to do but they are not practicing social distancing! Too close for comfort …

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