Actress Tracy Morgan Joins Turkey Giveaway at Bed-Stuy

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A group of volunteers, including famous actress Tracy Morgan, gathered in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Saturday to distribute free Thanksgiving meals to struggling Brooklynites amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Morgan joined the New York City nonprofit food bank and city councilor Robert Cornegy outside the Sumner Houses at Myrtle Avenue and Marcus Garvey Boulevard, where they handed out around 1,000 turkeys and bags of side dishes before Thursday vacation.

“I’m happy to be able to give something back to the community,” said Morgan, who grew up in the nearby Tompkins Houses NYCHA resort. “I am happy that I can help these residents and make life in the community easier knowing they have food.

Cornegy, the region’s representative to the city’s legislature who is running for president of the borough, helped hordes of Brooklynites line up all morning to receive their vacation packages – and congratulated the nominated actor to the Emmy for returning to her hometown and helping her former neighbors.

“It means everything to have people from the communities they were raised in, to come back and re-engage with families, friends and children, [that’s] the biggest inspiration we need, ”said Cornegy. “During this very difficult time, the pandemic has exacerbated all the inequalities that we have, so having people ready and able to come back and engage, by word and by deed, and to bring in other people. It’s incredible. “

Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Cornegy also praised the volunteers, who stood up to the cold out of the goodness of their hearts to help fellow Brooklyn.

“We have enough volunteers and it’s amazing,” he said. “We have people ready to give back, even if they are not stars, even if they are not politicians – the community is there to make sure that the elderly bring their baskets in their cars, in s ‘ensuring that everything is well organized. The president of the tenants association and their whole group – it’s just a great experience.

The food drive came amid a financially devastating time for the borough, where the unemployment rate soared to 14%, nearly four times higher than the unemployment rate of 3.9% a year. last.

To make matters worse, officials say demand for food was already high as nearly 1.2 million New Yorkers were already food insecure and Brooklyn had one of the highest rates of food insecurity. of New York City.

Those who lined up to receive their free meals praised the effort, saying the giveaway has helped bring a sense of festivity back to the holiday season.

“I wasn’t sure what to do for Thanksgiving, it changes my plans a bit. I will have family there. I need some sort of normalcy, ”added resident Milton Hiller.

“I am grateful that someone provides us with turkeys. I’ll try to get someone to fry it for me. I’ve never had fried turkey and heard it tasted really good, ”said Paula Young, a resident of Sumner Houses.

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