COVID-19 update: Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center host mobile food pantry
On the front lines of the war on COVID-19, there are many civilian heroes going out of their way, as volunteers and contributors. Also, many who are elected to serve are going the extra mile. In this column the Eagle hopes to give our readers an ongoing update on those fighting in the front lines.
Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets partnered with Food Bank for New York City to host a mobile food pantry on the arena’s plaza on Thursday afternoon. With the support of partners from Key Food, Tyson Foods, Snipes and Brooklyn Public Library, the groups distributed fresh produce, shelf-stable pantry items, 20,000 pounds of meat donated by Tyson and other essential goods to hundreds of families.
U.S. Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), the chair of the House Small Business Committee, has introduced the Small Business Lending Disclosure and Broker Regulation Act, which would protect small business borrowers from predatory lenders and loans carrying unfair terms and conditions. “With the COVID-19 pandemic, our entrepreneurs are facing some of the most difficult economic conditions ever and it is vital we ensure unscrupulous lenders don’t exploit this situation by enticing small businesses into unfair and unsustainable loans,” Velázquez said.
The MTA on Wednesday announced it has launched a pilot program to mount dispensers of free surgical masks inside buses to further protect customers while on board. The MTA has already completed the installation of dispensers on 100 buses on six bus routes in three boroughs. “This is another important way we are coming up with solutions to ensure customers can conveniently obtain a mask if they have lost or forgotten their own when they board our buses,” said Craig Cipriano, president of the MTA Bus Company and senior vice president of buses for MTA New York City Transit.
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