The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council

Managing together during the COVID-19 emergency
Posted: March 23, 2020 - 4:02pm

We each have an important role in fighting the spread of COVID-19, and keeping ourselves, our family and our community members safe and healthy.

Stay home, stop the spread, save lives

Until the spread of novel coronavirus is contained, it is crticially important that Prospect Heights residents stay at home and inside unless travel outside is otherwise required for food, medicine or other essential items. Wear protective gloves when outside your home, keep a safe social distance of six feet from others, and avoid contact with surfaces. Use hand sanitizer and wash hands often. Be sure to cough or sneeze into your elbow. Don't shake hands.

If you live on a street with a block association, consider organizing (online or otherwise) to coordinate help for those not able to leave their homes.

Stay informed

Avoid relying on rumor or hearsay about the crisis. Stay aware of the City's developing response to the crisis by following the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's coronavirus information page, where you will find up-to-date guidance on public activities, businesses that may stay open and those required to close, and what to do if you are concerned you have been exposed to COVID-19. For information on the national crisis and government's response, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's coronavirus page.

Getting food


It may be necessary to adjust your shopping habits to reduce your travel outside your home. However, avoid hoarding food and household products.

Although some grocery stores offer home delivery, most now ask that customers who are able to do so shop in person. If you are elderly, sick, or vulnerable to COVID-19 infection, you may order groceries for delivery from the stores listed below. Expect long waits for delivery, and plan accordingly.

Foodtown, 632 Vanderbilt Avenue: Persons not able to shop in person and who live in the Prospect Heights neighborhood may call (718) 783-1887 to order groceries for delivery. Foodtown is also accepting orders via Instacart, but quoted delivery windows may be very long.

Union Market, 342 Flatbush Avenue: Customers may place orders online for confirmation by a representative by phone. As of March 23, Union Market cites a backlog of several days of delivery orders.

Meals for students

The New York City Department of Education is committed to making three free meals available daily for all NYC students. Beginning March 23, three meals a day, including breakfast, will be available to all NYC students Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 1:30 pm at locations across the city. More information is available here.

Food pantries and free meals

Two local organizations providing food to those in need are:

Hope City Empowerment Center, 650-656 Washington Avenue, (718) 837-5698, operates a food pantry Fridays from 9:00 to 11:00am.

CHiPS Soup Kitchen & Women's Shelter, 200 4th Avenue, (718) 237-2962, is currently providing meals to pick up daily from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Check their Facebook page for updates.  

For more food resources, check FoodHelpNYC and the Food Bank for New York City.


If you wish to help others citywide, consider contacting New York Cares or Food Bank for New York City (which will also accept donations for COVID-19 relief).