Senator Gianaris Organizes School Supply and Food Drives during COVID Pandemic

ASTORIA – Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris continued his work providing relief to those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis this week by coordinating a school supply drive with Mt. Sinai Queens and Woodside on the Move and partnering with the Astoria Welfare Society to distribute fresh food to community members, according to a news release dated October 2.

“COVID-19 is an unprecedented crisis, but Queens has risen to the challenge and our neighbors have answered the call of those in need,” said Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris. “I am pleased to work with great community organizations like Woodside on the Move, Mount Sinai, and the Astoria Welfare Society.”

“Working with a school age population is challenging in these unique times, but through partnership with Senator Michael Gianaris and Mount Sinai, we are ensuring that all young people in our community have the school supplies they need to succeed,” said Michael Vaz, Executive Director of Woodside on the Move.

“Serving the needs of our community is integral to the Mount Sinai Queens mission. Collaborating with Woodside on the Move and Senator Gianaris is another way we can successfully aid our neighbors,” said Caryn Schwab, Executive Director of Mount Sinai Queens

“Working to safeguard the western Queens community against the presence of covid-19 continues to require the work of volunteers around the clock. We are grateful for Senator Gianaris’ support in this effort as we continue to provide relief and supplies to those who need them,” said Jabed Uddin, Secretary of the Astoria Welfare Network.


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