Real estate company helps local restaurants, those in need of meals

Posted at 10:36 PM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 22:36:19-04

NEW YORK CITY — One of New York City's largest commercial landlords has created a food foundation to help restaurants and provide meals.

Thousands of meals are distributed every day around New York City to people in need and to front-line workers.

SL Green is one of the city's largest real estate companies. It has created a non-profit called the Food 1st Foundation to provide meals and support restaurant kitchens.

“The vision for Food 1st is to partner with our tenants to provide meals to those who need them, safely bring food workers a paycheck and restore vitality and energy to the city we love,” said Marc Holliday, SL Green chairman and CEO.

With a $1 million contribution, it launched on April 23 in partnership with 12 locations and Citymeals on Wheels. More than 52,000 meals have already been made and distributed to first responders, medical personnel, and food insecure families.

A local chef shared his experience contributing to the program.

“COVID-19 is a challenge unlike anything we’ve ever faced," said Chef Daniel Boulud.

His French cuisine is world-famous, and his team is working from two of his kitchens in New York.

"The restaurant industry has been hit particularly hard," he said, "but we still have the facilities, ability and desire to safely provide quality, nourishing meals to essential workers and those most in need."

SL Green said outreach is underway to additional tenants, non-profit partners and neighbors to expand the program