As Thanksgiving neared, two health care companies teamed up with a Brooklyn-based nonprofit and elected officials to give away 1,000 turkeys to local residents.
In addition to receiving turkeys and other traditional holiday foods, community members also had the opportunity to get their flu shots.
“This initiative will make a tangible difference for many New Yorkers who haven’t had access to a flu vaccine or know how they were going to put food on the table this Thanksgiving,” said Dr. Marg Patel, CEO and co-founder of Medly. “Proper nutrition and preventable health are complimentary and necessary, as we continue to fight the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
According to Dr. Melony Samuels, executive director and founder of The Campaign Against Hunger, prior to the pandemic, 14.7 percent of Brooklyn residents were food insecure.
“Kids and families are going hungry in Brooklyn neighborhoods and across the city,” Samuels said. “If you don’t even know where you’re going to get your next meal, then the barriers to health care are only amplified.”