Nets & Liberty Food Pantry
at PS 12 & MS 484

Presented by HSS

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The Brooklyn Nets, New York Liberty and Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) have teamed up to combat food insecurity in the local Brooklyn community. The Nets & Liberty Food Pantry presented by HSS is located at P.S. 12 / M.S. 484 in Brooklyn’s Ocean Hill Brownsville neighborhood, to support a community which has been highly impacted by the issue.

The Meal Gap represents food insecurity as the number of missing meals that result from insufficient household resources to purchase food. In short, the Meal Gap is the number of meals needed per year for food security. According to NYC Food Policy the Meal Gap and number of meals needed per year for food security in Ocean Hill Brownsville is over 6 million, resulting in 32% of residents facing food insecurity.

The Brooklyn Nets, New York Liberty and HSS are proud to help close the Meal Gap and combat food insecurity in Ocean Hill Brownsville by stocking the pantry so it can distribute free groceries and meals for those in need. Hosted at P.S. 12 / M.S. 484 in Ocean Hill Brownsville, the food pantry is designed to reach food insecure students at the school and their household members including adults, seniors and other siblings.

The pantry at P.S. 12 / M.S. 484 is now open and can use your help. To support the pantry and provide the gift of meals and groceries, please click here. Every dollar donated will be matched up to $20,000. We thank you for your help in fighting food insecurity in our communities.

The pantry will continue to operate through June 2022. If you are a student or have a child that is a student at the school and are interested in the food pantry, you can contact the school by emailing CMack8@schools.nyc.gov

In response to the pandemic and the food insecurity that many faced during those challenging times, the Brooklyn Nets and HSS partnered with Food Bank for New York City to open a pantry in 2021 at P.S. 308, Clara Cardwell School. Over the course of 10 months, the pantry was able to serve nearly 7,000 people, with 44% being children.

Nets x Liberty x HSS Food Pantry Ribbon Cutting at P.S. 12 / M.S. 484

On March 1, 2022, the HSS x Nets x Liberty Food Pantry officially opened at P.S. 12, M.S. 484 with a ribbon cutting.

Special Game Ball Delivery to the New York City Food Bank

On Feb. 17, 2022 , Hospital for Special Surgery, the Brooklyn Nets, and the New York Liberty honored P.S. 12, M.S. 484, and Food Bank for New York City with a signed game ball prior to the Nets vs. Wizards game at Barclays Center.

About Hospital for Special Surgery

HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the 11th consecutive year), No. 4 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2020-2021), and named a leader in pediatric orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” list (2020-2021). HSS is ranked world #1 in orthopedics by Newsweek (2020-2021). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has the lowest complication and readmission rates in the nation for orthopedics, and among the lowest infection rates. HSS was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State, as well as in Florida. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The HSS Education Institute is a trusted leader in advancing musculoskeletal knowledge and research for physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, academic trainees, and consumers in more than 130 countries. The institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally. www.hss.edu.


About Food Bank For New York City

For 36 years, Food Bank For New York City has been the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs. Nearly one in five New Yorkers relies on Food Bank for food and other resources. Food Bank takes a strategic, multifaceted approach that provides meals and builds capacity in the neediest communities, while raising awareness and engagement among all New Yorkers. Through its network of more than 1,000 charities and schools citywide, Food Bank provides food for more than 57 million free meals per year for New Yorkers in need. Food Bank For New York City’s income support services, including food stamps (also known as SNAP) and free tax assistance for the working poor, put more than $110 million each year into the pockets of New Yorkers, helping them to afford food and achieve greater dignity and independence. Food Bank’s nutrition education programs and services empower more than 50,000 children, teens and adults to sustain a healthy diet and active lifestyle on a limited budget. Working toward long-term solutions to food poverty, Food Bank develops policy and conducts research to inform community and government efforts. To learn more about how you can help, please visit foodbanknyc.org.

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