Piles of unopened boxes of emergency city coronavirus meals meant for
the poor were found dumped on the side of a Queens underpass Monday.
The outrageous sign of waste — after Mayor Bill de Blasio predicted up to 2 million New Yorkers would go hungry this summer amid the pandemic — was enough to make passers-by sick.
“Why wouldn’t you go give it to people in the streets?” local
resident Juan Heno said of the 34 brown cardboard boxes of food piled on
top of each other along a concrete wall below the Queens Midtown
Expressway, around 57-45 74th St., in Middle Village.
“The city has a lot of homeless right now,” Heno noted to The Post.
The resident said he spotted the boxes — slapped with white labels
and black lettering reading, “GetFoodNYC, COVID-19 Emergency Food
Distribution, Packed on July 24th, Delivery by July 31st” — in the
broiling heat around 9:30 a.m.
He said he called the city’s 311 hot line and was told someone would
pick them up — but they were still laying out in the sun more than eight
Inside the boxes — part of the de Blasio administration’s much-touted program to feed the hungry during the country’s economic crisis — were plastic containers filled with food.
Some of the containers, marked “VEGETARIAN” and “CONTAINS NUTS,” held
a bag of multigrain pretzel Pepperidge Farm goldfish, what appeared to
be a peanut-butter and jelly sandwich and a small plastic container with
part of a granola bar.
PB & J and pretzel fish crackers is a vegetarian meal. This administration's warped semantics manifests itself even when they are being charitable. Soulless.
Spoiler alert: this should have been expected when the Sanitation Dept. was tasked to handle the logistics and distribution of this emergency program.