In response to the devastation from Hurricane Sandy, we created a community-based food relief initiative, The Shore Soup Project. In the six months after the storm, a network of 400 volunteers helped us deliver over 50,000 healthy hot meals to Rockaway residents.
We continue to serve our neighbors with free meals delivered directly to their homes.
If you are a resident of the Rockaways with mobility constraints, financial concerns, or general food insecurity and would like to receive deliveries, please use the sign-up form below to enroll. If you require assistance to enroll, please call 347-619-2219 to speak with the Shore Soup Team.
Deliveries occur on Mondays from 12PM-7PM and include soup, salad, fruit, and other side dishes depending on availability. Please make sure you will be home to receive deliveries within the window of time before completing the form. Currently, we can arrange to have multiple meals delivered to you.
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In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Shore Soup revitalized a community garden in Rockaway Beach. Over 20 raised beds were constructed, fruit trees and flowers were planted, and a compost system was set up in the lot that was decimated by the hurricane. With the help of NYC Service and various other volunteer groups, we were able to re-create a space for community members to gather and grow fresh produce.
We have been granted a lot by Greenthumb to create Shore Farm in the community and look forward to breaking ground on the farm as soon as we are given the go ahead.
Our ongoing mission is to help increase access to healthy food and address food insecurity in the Rockaways. We have several community programs that help create a sustainable local food system and empower people to make healthy choices about food.
We have the community garden projects on Beach 92 Street, a CSA with local produce from Straight Out of the Ground Farm, free community dinners in collaboration with the Queens Museum of Art and MoMA PS1 and we have participated in the Frieze Art Fair.
We also have a nutrition workshop series in partnership with the Queens Library. With the help of a health instructor and in a safe environment with peers, students assess their own level of health, learn about healthy diets and are equipped with tools, such as a weekly meal plan, to make daily healthy choices.