In times of disaster, the Food Bank is committed to acting as a first responder conduit for donated food and other essential grocery items. Funding Agreements department managed a $570,450 project to install a backup generator for their 90,000 square-foot warehouse located within the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center.
Food Bank for New York City works to end hunger and increase access to affordable, nutritious food for low-income New Yorkers through a range of programs and services that focus on food procurement and distribution, nutrition, education, financial empowerment, research and advocacy. As the major supplier of food to 1.3 million New Yorkers, the Food Bank procures and distributes food to approximately 1,000 emergency and community food programs throughout the five boroughs.
The new backup generator will ensure continuity of critical services and operations before, during, and after a disaster, including natural, manmade, and technological disasters and events. The generator ensures that upon an electrical outage, exterior breakers will automatically switch the power source from the building to the generator.During an emergency, distribution will include its network of established food assistance programs and extend to state, city, military and Red Cross sites.
The build out and trenching was through the City Council and was completed in early 2015.