The migrants are here on Staten Island. The motto, “Food Not Politics” is an emergency humanitarian effort enabling us to help our migrant families eat healthy which places less burden on our society in the long run. Our mission when it comes to addressing
food insecurity is to enable our households to feel dignity and comfort when they come to the food pantry for food support.
The response to COVID-19 beginning in March, 2020 has been a true test of the resilience of our communities and neighborhoods. During the past two years, we have worked together with many vendors, producers, farmers, wholesalers and community leaders to support those who needed our help and guidance. The families with
children, the elderly, veterans, disabled, LGBTQ and homeless appreciate our open doors and our commitment to providing the most nutritious and healthy food options as well as PPE even as the virus is presenting itself in many forms.
What We Do
New Direction Services offers the following Services
Covid-19 response has been a true test of the resilience of our communities and neighborhoods. During the past two years, we have worked together with many vendors, producers, farmers, wholesalers and community leaders to support those who needed our help and guidance. The families with children, the elderly, veterans, disabled, LGBTQ and homeless appreciate our open doors and our commitment to providing the most nutritious and healthy food options. In addition we have been distributing masks, gloves, sanitizers, wipes and more to help fight the virus.
Community Health & Wellness
We address the challenges of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and lung disease and other disparities through healthy food options, blood pressure screenings, covid testing referrals, virtual workshops, community referrals, health insurance sign ups, vaccine referrals, covid test kits distribution and more.
During the summer months we educate our households on the various types of milk and alternative-drinks available to them.
Our program focuses on weekly food distribution at the food pantry, at community parking lots, church parking lots, housing projects and pop ups in Staten Island.
During the pandemic, we worked with many small farmers by purchasing food from them. We began to purchase seafood from one fisherman’s company to distribute to our households. Haskell’s Seafood of Long Island has worked with us to develop this program which has now become a mainstay. Not only is seafood healthy, it’s delicious and sustainable coming from the waters of Long Island, New York.
Pet Eat Too Pennies for Pets
Many of our households have always experienced food insecurity. Even before the pandemic, feeding the pets have always been a program of ours. Many pet owners especially the elderly and disabled suffered terribly during the pandemic. At our pantry, when pet owners are hungry, chances are-their pets will be hungry too. Our pennies for pets program is a small way to help us purchase pet food for our pet owners who rely on the companionship and service of their pets.
New Direction Services
New Direction Services provides resources and services in all 5 New York City boroughs. We are a 501(c)3 non profit organization with tax exempt status granted by the Federal government in April, 2000. We began a cooking class for seniors at a senior housing complex (Bridgeview) in May, 2000. The seniors complained about their food insecurity issues after their monthly social security was used up on rent and medications. As a result, the food pantry for seniors began and later expanded to the disabled, veterans and families with children when the September 11 events occurred.
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