Assemblymen Fall & Reilly Announce Grant Funding for SIUH Pop-Up Pantry Program to Address Island-Wide Food Insecurity

Staten Island, NY – Assemblymen Charles D. Fall (D-North Shore) and Mike Reilly (R-South Shore) announced today that they’ve secured a state discretionary grant to address the food insecurity crisis on Staten Island through a pop-up pantry program administered by Staten Island University Hospital – Northwell Health (SIUH). Food insecurity is one of the leading issues affecting the health of Staten Islanders, with medical experts estimating that 9%, or 42,000 people, are experiencing it.

“Every family on Staten Island deserves the basic right to a nutritious meal, irrespective of economic circumstances,” said Fall. “The alarming figures pointing to the prevalence of food insecurity underline an urgent responsibility we share. I’m proud to work alongside Assemblyman Reilly in responding to this call, leveraging resources like this grant for SIUH’s commendable pop-up pantry program. Together we are not just addressing an issue; we are reinforcing a promise to our community that their well-being, health, and dignity are paramount. I’m heartened by SIUH’s dedication and the tangible difference they make daily. Our collective efforts echo a simple, profound message: Staten Island stands together, especially in challenging times.”