Bundled up against the cold, Council Member Louis and other elected officials came together at Plaza Auto Mall in East Midwood to distribute Thanksgiving turkeys to local residents, nonprofit organizations, and church groups. The Thanksgiving Turkey Harvest Festival, which Plaza Auto Mall organizes every year, was held in partnership with Council Member Farah Louis, the Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs, and the Masbia Soup Kitchen Network.
As Co-Chair of the Brooklyn Delegation, Council Member Louis fought to include $5 Million in food assistance funding in the city’s budget for Fiscal Year 2023. Despite the historic investment, she fears the crisis is far from over. “The pandemic has begun to recede, but the crisis of food insecurity that it caused isn’t going anywhere,” said Council Member Farah Louis. “I’m incredibly grateful to Plaza Auto Mall and Masbia Soup Kitchen Network for their hard work towards providing for our community, as well as all the elected officials who partnered with us to make this distribution possible. But we won’t be able to solve this crisis through charity alone. We have to continue to invest in food support and other relief efforts targeted at the hardest hit communities. As we emerge from this pandemic, we have to do so as one, leaving no communities behind.”