Council Member Francisco Moya together with partners and community leaders provided more than 3,500 families turkeys and other food items including fresh produce in a series of distribution events ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Councilman Moya’s five-event-series of Thanksgiving food distributions were hosted together with the East Elmhurst Corona Civic Association, Grow NYC, First Baptist Church of Corona, Iconic Sports Lab, and the LeFrak City Tenants Association.
The distributions were in partnership with Laborers Local 79, Laborers Local Union 1010 LECET, Vicinity District Council of Carpenters, Cement & Concrete Workers District Council, District Council No.9, IUPAT, and AFL-CIO. With additional support from Trade Fair Supermarkets, Ideal Food Basket Supermarkets, Food Bazaar Supermarkets, Goya Food, Grubhub, Zarembra and Brown PLLC, Pazer, Epstein, Jaffe & Fein, P.C., Queens Center Mall, and Hispanic Federation Inc.
“I am incredibly grateful to all our partners, community leaders as well as my brothers and sisters from the Laborers Local 79, Laborers Local Union 1010 LECET, and New York City District Council of Carpenters & Carpenter Contractor Alliance of Metropolitan, for their continued generosity to the more than families in District 21 Queens. This is New York City solidarity at its best as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Council Member Francisco Moya.
“We are grateful to partner up with Councilman Francisco Moya, who continues to fight not only for his community but for our sisters and brothers in labor. Our Local 79 members are very thankful to have an opportunity to contribute and give back to the communities they call home and ensure as many families as possible have food on the table during the Thanksgiving holidays,” said Mike Prohaska, Business Manager, Mason Tenders District Council/ Laborers Local 79
“Laborers’ Local 1010 LECET is honored to give back to the NYC communities where our members live and work. As we see in our field, strong communities do not just happen; they are built and nurtured over time. We are proud to tend to the sidewalks, schools, roadways, and playgrounds that need fixing but even prouder to have the opportunity to help families have a hearty meal this holiday season,” said Victor Rizzo, Director, Laborers’ Local 1010 LECET.
“This Thanksgiving, we’re thankful for the great partnerships we have within our communities to give back to families in need, especially our ongoing partnership with our friend of labor in Queens, Council Member Francisco Moya. The NYC Carpenters Union not only builds communities, but we lift communities up where we live and work and that is why we are happy to donate Thanksgiving turkeys to families in Corona this holiday,” said Joseph Geiger, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of New York City and Vicinity District Council of Carpenters.
“At District Council 9, we deeply value the importance of giving back to the communities in which our union members live and works,” said Joseph Azzopardi, Business Manager/Secretary Treasury of District Council 9. “We were proud to participate in today’s turkey giveaway alongside Councilmember Moya and community partners to ensure our neighbors can have a joyful Thanksgiving this year.”
As part of the funds Councilman Moya designated to fight food insecurity and support healthier communities, families also received food bags and fresh produce as part of the GrowNYC-Health Bucks initiative during the food distributions in Corona.
Additionally, the Fifth Annual Iconic Thanksgiving Drive was possible thanks to Goya Foods Inc., Associated Supermarket Group, Key Food Supermarkets in Jackson Heights and Valley Stream, City Fresh Market in Corona, PCNY, State of NY Chaplain Federation, Alex Guzman Family & Friends, 4U House of Fitted Caps, Porky, Nebraska land Bronx, Royal Waste Hollis, Paragon Honda of Woodside, NYPD Office of Community Affairs, and NYPD 110 Precinct.
Council Member Francisco Moya together with laborers and carpenters, community partners and other organizations distributed turkeys and other food items to more than 3,500 families across District 21, including Corona, East Elmhurst, and LeFrak City.