New Direction Services

New Direction Services Inc. recognizes the impact of the novel Coronavirus pandemic (COVID- 19) in our neighborhoods and communities. As such, NDS is sharing this comprehensive list of relief measures for anyone who needs it.

COVID-19 is a true test of the resilience of our communities and neighborhoods and we must therefore work together and make necessary sacrifices to survive this global threat. As developments evolve, further updates on our programs and services will be presented. Our focus of food delivery to our vulnerable senior and disabled population continues.

Please support us in any way you can.

Our History

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.

What We Do

New Direction Services offers the following Services

COVID-19

Care packs contain gloves, masks, hand sanitizers and cleaning supplies for those vulnerable families struggling not to
contract the virus.

Milk Program

During the summer months we educate our households on the various types of milk and alternative-drinks available to them. Our nutritionist (or a community dietician from Shoprite supermarket) distributes samples of almond, oat, soy, walnut, cashew as well as low fat, fat free and skim milks.

Community Health & Wellness

We address the challenges of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and lung disease through culturally competent community forums, wellness events, working with community partners like Shoprite for donations to our food programs, health and fitness activities, blood and glucose screenings at the pantry, resource development and dissemination of PPE/supplies to families, veterans, elderly, disabled and homeless. During the pandemic some of the activities are put on pause but our herb program continues, clients are exercising at home and blood pressure screening is on pause.

Real Food

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. Our Farm to Table Summer program while helping clean up Staten Island community farm continues even during the pandemic. Our Halloween Healthy snacks, summer herbs program and Composting to save the environment was a welcome event last year. Our fresh food comes from local farmers on Staten Island, NYS farmers including Ronnybrook, FingerLake’s farms, Haskells Seafood of Long Island, Skate Farm, Satur Farm and more. We also connect with greenmarkets, vendors and wholesalers. Donations of fresh produce is always appreciated from families with vegetable gardens. Our distribution during the 2020 pandemic months included farm fresh produce as well as meats and fish.

Fish Friday

During the pandemic, we worked with small businesses by purchasing seafood from them to distribute to our households. Fresh fish from Haskell’s Seafood of Long Island was a welcomed sustainable, healthy protein during the pandemic. Please support our Fish Friday program.

Pet Eat Too

Many of our households are experiencing food insecurity. When they are hungry, chances are-their pets will be hungry too. These pets provide comfort, love and security for their owners. Please support us in purchasing food supplies for their lovable pets.

COVID-19 Care Packs and COVID-19-Senior Food Delivery:

The state of emergency due to the Coronavirus pandemic has left many elderly in a state of hunger and panic. Seniors and disabled are scared of catching the virus and do not go outside even for food shopping. We provide a package of groceries and drop at their door step or at their housing complex. Some bags also contain inspirational notes, puzzles, and books to comfort seniors during this uncertain times.

COVID-19-Senior Food Delivery:

The state of emergency due to the Coronavirus pandemic has left many elderly in a state of hunger and panic. Seniors and disabled are scared of catching the virus and do not go outside even for food shopping. We provide a package of groceries and drop at their door step or at their housing complex. Some bags also contain inspirational notes, puzzles, and books to comfort seniors during this uncertain times.

Covid19 CarePacks:

Care packs contain gloves, masks, hand sanitizers and cleaning supplies for those vulnerable families struggling not to
contract the virus.

Other Projects

  • Community Health & Wellness
  • Real Food
  • Milk Program
  • Fish Friday
  • Pets eat too

 

COVID-19 Projeccts

The state of emergency due to the Coronavirus pandemic has left many elderly in a state of hunger and panic. Seniors and disabled are scared of catching the virus and do not go outside even for food shopping. People are suffering due to the long- term effects experienced during the pandemic: unemployment, food insecurity, business closures, health disparities and economic hardships.

Community Health

We address the challenges of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and lung disease through culturally competent community forums,
wellness events, working with community partners like Shoprite for donations to our food programs, health and fitness activities, blood and glucose screenings at the pantry, resource development and dissemination of PPE/supplies to families, veterans, elderly,
disabled and homeless. During the pandemic some of the activities are put on pause but our herb program continues, clients are exercising at home and blood pressure screening is on pause.

Real Food

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. Our Farm to Table Summer program while helping clean up Staten Island community farm continues even during the pandemic. Our Halloween Healthy snacks, summer herbs program and Composting to save the environment was a welcome event last year. Our fresh food comes from local farmers on Staten Island, NYS farmers including Ronnybrook, FingerLake’s farms, Haskells Seafood of Long Island, Skate Farm, Satur Farm and more. We also connect with greenmarkets, vendors and wholesalers. Donations of fresh produce is always appreciated from families with vegetable gardens. Our distribution during the 2020 pandemic months included farm fresh produce as well as meats and fish.

Our clientele includes immigrants, seniors, families, disabled and homeless New Yorkers trying to survive in the
pandemic. We provide food packages taken directly to the homes of the disabled and elderly. We provide food packages
directly to senior housing complexes. We continue to do food pantry pop-ups all over Staten Island in places affected by the virus including low income housing projects, community centers and church parking lots and street corners. We distribute food at the food pantry with lines around the corner. We continue to provide clients coming to the pantry with masks, gloves, sanitizers. Our pantry area is re-set to accommodate and to comply with requirements for social distancing, sanitization and safety. We are providing contactless food packages to  households; we temperature all clients
and have volunteers ensuring that social distancing is complied with on the line.

Real Food Progam

Working with Farmers

Our Farm to Table Summer program while helping clean up Staten Island community farm continues even during the pandemic.

Farm Fresh Food

Our fresh food comes from local farmers on Staten Island, NYS farmers including Ronnybrook, FingerLake’s farms, Haskells Seafood of Long Island, Skate Farm, Satur Farm and more. We also connect with greenmarkets, vendors and wholesalers. Donations of fresh produce is always appreciated from families with vegetable gardens.

Milk Program

During the summer months we educate our households on the various types of milk and alternative-drinks available to
them. Our nutritionist (or a community dietician from Shoprite supermarket) distributes samples of almond, oat, soy,
walnut, cashew as well as low fat, fat free and skim milks.

Get in touch with us

For more information please contact us

info@nds-usa.org