As Thanksgiving approaches, local restaurant owners and small businesses are teaming up to make sure there’s enough food for everyone.
On Tuesday, Nov. 26, restaurants El Habanero, The Clock Bar, Ceetay, the Bruckner Bar and Grill and Calentito will partner with SoBRO and City Harvest to offer a free hot sit-down Thanksgiving Feast and take-away food baskets. Turkey and trimmings will be served between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at El Habanero, at 43 Bruckner Blvd. Anyone wishing to join in should call 718-585-5855 to make a reservation.
On Wednesday, November 27th, the recently reopened Bruckner Bar and Grill, at 1 Bruckner Blvd, in conjunction with Calentito, El Habanero, and The Clock Bar will distribute fresh produce and other food donated by City Harvest and area supermarkets to residents between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Calientito, just steps away from the Bruckner Bar at 141 Lincoln Avenue, will serve hot chocolate and tea to community members looking to stay warm during those hours.
“It is our duty as stewards of the neighborhood to take care of those in need,” said The Clock Bar’s owner Michael Brady.
Recent cuts to federal aid programs such as SNAP helped prompt the local groups and restaurants to band up and help out, say those behind the two-day effort.
“The South Bronx has seen the sharpest increases in hunger and food insecurity this past year, and demand for emergency food continues to rise,” said Alane Celeste-Villalvir, manager of City Harvest’s Healthy Neighborhoods initiative in the Bronx. “Events like this one are critical to helping fight hunger in New York City, and a true testament to the generosity and sense of community in the South Bronx.”
For more information about the events, contact SOBRo’s Senior Director of Business Services at [email protected] or call her at 718-732-7531.