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Queens restaurants keeping people fed during the coronavirus crisis
BY JENNA BAGCAL
Purchasing food for yourself and your
family may prove diffi cult amidst trying
to staying safe from the coronavirus, but
some Queens restaurants and organizations
are attempting to help residents navigate
Here is a list of places in Queens that
are currently off ering free or discounted
meals and also organizations that are
off ering grocery shopping services for
Farine Baking Company
Located at 74-24 37th Ave. in Jackson
Heights, Farine Baking Company
announced that it would set up a table of
small bags fi lled with free food items for
“people in need, fi nancially challenged,
or just hungry and can’t aff ord to purchase.”
Th e restaurant said that anyone
who wanted to contribute to the table
could do so.
In light of New York City public school
closures, Farine is also off ering free meals
to children 12 and under with the purchase
of a regular entree not on the specials
menu. Kids have the choice of a
burger, hot dog, macaroni and cheese and
chicken fi ngers with a small mixed salad.
Th e off er is available from 11 a.m. to 9:30
p.m. from Monday to Friday.
Th is Whitestone Italian restaurant at
160-24 Willets Point Blvd. is off ering a
50 percent discount on all food items on
the menu, while supplies last. Starting on
March 17 at 5 p.m., patrons can order
food for pick up or delivery (excluding
Grubhub). Orders must be paid in cash
only. Restaurant owners will also give a
free dessert to all doctors,
nurses and fi rst responders.
Invisible Hands was created
by Simone, Liam,
Mimi and Healy, “healthy
20-somethings in NYC”
who lead a group of volunteers
to bring groceries and
supplies to those in “highrisk
demographics.” Th e
name derives from wanting
to minimize as much direct
contact in the delivery process
as possible. Volunteers
will get on the phone with
those who request deliveries
in order to get to know
them and their needs.
Deliveries are open
to residents in Queens,
Jersey City and Riverdale. Th e organization
also encourages people to volunteer
to deliver groceries providing that volunteers
“are feeling healthy, are displaying
no symptoms, have not traveled out
of the country or come in contact with
a sick person in the past 14 days, AND
HAVE BEEN PRACTICING SOCIAL
For more information, visit www.
InvisibleHandsDeliver@gmail.com or call
646-784-5583 or 917-359-1593.
Th is chicken restaurant at 248-43
Jericho Tpke. in Jamaica is doing its part
to help the students aff ected by the public
school shutdown. Beginning on March
17, the restaurant is serving free daily
lunch to underprivileged children from
noon to 2 p.m.
“We’re not asking you to purchase anything,
we’re not looking for money, we’re
not looking to make any profi t. At a time
like this, we want to give back to our community
and give a helping hand to those
who are less fortunate,” said Chicky’s in
Th is “no holds barred American comfort
food” eatery in Astoria invites anyone
to reach out if they “need help sourcing
food and supplies. On its Instagram
account, the restaurant at 36-18 30th
Ave. said that it would be opening up its
“supply lines and resources to the community”
and encourages people to email
Donnie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please let us know if you know of other
restaurants and organizations that are
helping keep Queens fed during this time.
We will update this list regularly.
Photo courtesy of Farine Baking Company
Free food table at Farine Baking Company in Jackson Heights
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