Organization Focuses on Nutritional Hardships with Grocery Giveaway at Drew Hamilton Houses

Harlem, New York — September 25th, 2020 — In an event drawing large crowds at Harlem’s Drew Hamilton Houses, Friends of Public School Harlem distributed more than 100 boxes of food to at-need families. Food boxes contained a variety of nutritious groceries, including:


  • Bread
  • Bagels
  • Canned vegetables
  • Beans
  • Baking mixes
  • Tomato sauce
  • Pasta


In tandem with FPSH’s ongoing mission to support education in Harlem’s public schools, the organization has begun providing families with needed groceries during this time of uncertainty. The grocery giveaways have helped alleviate pandemic-related pressures in communities where many students rely on school meal programs to supplement their nutrition.


Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Councilman Bill Perkins, State Senator Brian Benjamin, and District Leader Keith Lilly were in attendance to help coordinate the event. Additional support was provided by community leaders and staff from The Migdol Organization, which provides volunteer support for FPSH events so that 100% of donated funds can go towards the mission of the non-profit.


“In these difficult times, organizations like Friends of Public School Harlem provide a needed source of support for Harlem’s families,” said Councilman Perkins during the event. “This donation of food helps our community stay healthy when it’s needed most.”


The event at Drew Hamilton Houses is part of a broader initiative by FPSH to address education and other 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 and criminal justice.


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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