Harlem, New York — October 2nd, 2020 — In a recent event at Lehman Village Houses, Friends of Public School Harlem distributed more than 300 boxes of food to at-need families. Food boxes contained a variety of nutritious groceries, including:
The food giveaway was created in accordance with FPSH’s mission to support public schools and their students in Harlem. As remote learning requirements have recently caused food hardships for students who rely on school meals for nutrition, the organization has incorporated grocery giveaways into its ongoing list of community-focused activities. This has helped families bridge the gap in student nutrition during this difficult time.
The event was attended by U.S. Congressman Adriano D. Espaillat, District Leader Keith Lilly, and Korey Wise of the “Exonerated Five”. Local community leaders and activists were also in attendance. The event received administrative support from The Migdol Organization, which donates staff hours to allow FPSH to contribute 100% of received funds to the mission of the organization.
Staff was also present to assist community members to register to vote. The service was provided in acknowledgment of the bureaucratic hurdles that can stand in the way of adequate representation for low-income communities. Congressman Espaillat spoke on the importance of voting and related activities during remarks before the crowd.
“We all need to vote. We’re working hard for you in Washington but we also need your help,” implored the Congressman. "Make sure you vote so your voice can be heard. Make sure you fill out your census forms as well so we can get funding for education, housing, and the community. The city loses $3,000 for every person that gets left off the census. Let’s make sure we don’t leave anyone out.”
The event is part of a broader initiative by FPSH to address education-related needs in Harlem’s communities. This work includes school supply donations, scholarship disbursements, and the awarding of laptops to high school valedictorians and salutatorians. The organization also engages in efforts to support reform related to issues of civil rights, criminal justice, and community development.
About the organization
Friends of Public School Harlem is a non-profit organization focused on supporting education in Harlem. Created by President and founder Jerry Migdol, the organization is a reflection of his personal understanding of the critical importance of education. To this end, the organization engages in a range of activities to help students and families achieve high levels of success in school and beyond.
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