Food Truck Rollout Rethinks Solutions to Food Insecurity

Meals on the Move food trucks are making their mark on North Brooklyn.

Rethink Food, a nonprofit committed to creating a more sustainable and equitable food system, launched the program in July in an effort to bring nutritious meals to New York City families impacted by food insecurity. With the help of their restaurant partner Gyro King, they’ve been able to hand out 4,000 healthy, kid-friendly meals per week throughout Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.

St. Nicks Alliance recently provided meals using Meals on the Move to four of their school sites (P.S. 81, P.S. 150, Brooklyn Arbor, and Sumner Community Center) with high rates of household food insecurity. Although Meals on the Move prioritizes families in this circumstance, co-located neighbors in the surrounding area are also able to be served.

“Community-based organizations like the St. Nicks Alliance are the backbone of our work,” said CEO and Founder of Rethink Food, Matt Jozwiak. “We are proud to partner with them in making sure New Yorkers impacted by food insecurity have access to nutritious meals, and to create a more sustainable and equitable food system together.

With the COVID-19 pandemic on the rise, the year 2020 brought many negative economic impacts upon families, food insecurity being a main concern. According to numbers reported by the Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, in Williamsburg/Greenpoint alone, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits were distributed to 3,500+ more recipients in 2020 than in 2019.

In a press release about the Meals on the Move program, Rethink Food stated: “As part of Rethink Food’s goal to provide upwards of 100,000 meals per week throughout the five boroughs this summer, Meals on the Move reflects the organization’s ongoing mission to support New York City’s underserved communities long-term.”

You can donate to help the organization reach its goal HERE. One hundred percent of your donation goes directly toward feeding our communities.

Author: Kassondra Gonzalez

Communications Associate and Contributor of the Greenline.

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