NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A Queens group that has been delivering meal to hospitals in the five boroughs is now working to feed military personnel.
Queens Together is a coalition of restaurants in the borough who made it their mission to delivery meals to hard-hit hospitals, such as Elmhurst Hospital and Mount Sinai.
Jamie-Faye Bean co-founded the organization and says they now want to help feed the military personnel who have arrived from out of state.
“I had a friend reach out, whose husband has been deployed, and knew that there were a lot of it, you know, appreciative groups delivering to hospitals and wanted to know if this was something that he would be capable of taking on,” Bean explains.
She says they will be delivering to troops stationed in New York City and they started with the personnel staying in the Times Square area.
“We deliver 100 breakfasts and 1—dinners to the troops that are staying in that location,” she says.
They want to help all they can since it’s difficult for troops staying in hotels to get food as many hotels have shut down their restaurants.
“These troops are working very long hours. They leave the hotel that about 6 in the morning, they don't come back until 7 or 8 at night, so their options for dining are very limited and we want them to go out the door in the morning with a hot breakfast and to come back home to a really great hot meal at night,” she said.
Among the restaurants delivering are Bourbon Street in Bayside, Ornella Trattoria in Astoria, the Bel-Aire Diner in Astoria and Cooldown Juice in Sunnyside.
The organization is running off grassroot funding and is always accepting donations.
“We have a lot of individuals that have given to us and we are also able to accept corporate donations through the Queen Economic Development Corporation,” Bean explains.
To donate or find out how you can help, visit QueensTogether.org.