Bed-Stuy Strong

Bed-Stuy Strong is a group of neighbors helping neighbors in a spirit of solidarity. We are a mutual aid network of over 4,000 people from across Bed-Stuy who are supporting each other and our communities during the COVID-19 crisis. We crowdsource donations and use them to provide no-contact grocery deliveries for vulnerable members of our Bed-Stuy communities.

All of our members are ordinary folks volunteering their time and effort. We are not a government agency or a non-profit. You can learn more about our guiding principles here.

Given the times, Bed-Stuy Strong faces an incredible amount of need in our communities. Every day we receive hundreds of calls. We spend several thousand dollars daily to try to make sure our neighbors do not go hungry. We ask for your patience and support as we try to connect our community’s help to our community’s need.

I am in need.

If you live in Bed-Stuy and are experiencing hunger, please leave us a voicemail or send a text message to 917-451-5522. We will call you back to coordinate a no-contact delivery of essential groceries or medical supplies. As of March 3rd, our phone line opens Wednesdays at 3PM and closes once we have reached our capacity to deliver for the week.

As of mid-January 2021, we have moved to a set number of weekly food delivery slots based on the number of people who can deliver and to avoid a long wait time for delivery.

We apologize that we can’t meet your request immediately. We have received thousands of messages and respond in the order that requests are received, so there is no need to leave multiple voicemails.

We understand that you might need food quicker than we can get it to you. If you are experiencing hunger right now, please see our below list of food resources in Bed-Stuy or go to NYC.gov/getFood. If you would like to hear a list of these resources over the phone, please call 917-451-5522. Thank you for your patience. Our thoughts are with you.

A detailed list of food assistance options in Bed-Stuy and citywide is available here: bedstuystrong.com/resources

Anyone willing to go to a grocery store to shop for another person and be reimbursed for the shopping out of our community fund can become a Bed-Stuy Strong delivery volunteer; multiple delivery volunteers have also received food support. More delivery volunteers mean that more people can get food each week. See below for details on how to join. Bed-Stuy Strong is built on the belief that all of us have needs and all of us can offer help. We believe in community care, joined hands, and dignity afford to all people.

NEW: I need support to get a vaccine or want to support my elders in getting a vaccine

We know that it isn't easy for everyone to navigate the technology and changing requirements of getting vaccinated, especially elders. Some Bed-Stuy neighbors are piloting a new initiative to help connect elders 65+ and older with available vaccination appointment slots. Here are the details:

  1. Check if you or the neighbor or family member in question is eligible. Neighbors who are eligible MUST be 65 and older AND live in Bed-Stuy.
  2. Eligible people must be willing to travel to Canarsie High School this Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, between 10am and noon.
  3. To request an appointment, text VACCINE to 917-810-2337 with the full name and number of the eligible neighbor or family member to receive a call back. We will call them back with more details and help connect them with any available appointments, which may run out before you call. A lot of people are trying to get vaccinated right now.
  4. Bear with us as we do our best, as regular people volunteering time and effort, to support you. We cannot currently help connect folks outside of Bed-Stuy with vaccine appointments.

One hundred percent of donations to Bed-Stuy Strong are used to purchase groceries and basic supplies for vulnerable neighbors. Households then receive what they need from our network of delivery volunteers – ordinary Bed-Stuy residents who are looking to help members of their community.

We are grateful for every contribution. Every dollar you give has a direct impact on the safety and well-being of our Bed-Stuy neighbors. Since our founding in March, Bed-Stuy Strong has purchased and delivered a week’s supply of groceries for over 22,000 neighbors, providing an estimated half a million meals. Many of the neighbors we've served are elderly, immunocompromised, or disabled.

We accept financial donations using any of these platforms:

Venmo: bedstuystrong (last 4 digits of phone number: 7668)
Cash App: $bedstuystrong
Paypal: fund@bedstuystrong.com
Zelle: fund@bedstuystrong.com

We are now able to accept tax-deductible credit card and check donations through our ioby page. To donate by check, mail a check to ioby.

I want to join Bed-Stuy Strong.

We always need more neighbors to help answer our phones and run deliveries to those in need. If you’re interested in joining us, please send us an email at bedstuystrong+slack@bedstuystrong.com. You will receive an email with instructions, and a Bed-Stuy Strong organizer will review your email and help onboard you. We appreciate your support.

Beyond our mutual aid operation, our online Slack community is also a place for neighbors to connect, share information, organize virtual events, and more. In a time of social distancing, Bed-Stuy Strong believes in the power of staying connected as a community.

Not ready for Slack? Sign up for our newsletter to get updates on volunteer opportunities, fundraising, and more. If you want to deliver groceries to your neighbors in need without being on Slack, please email operations@bedstuystrong.com and tell us a little bit about you.

I’m interested in partnering.

As unemployment and economic hardship continues to grow due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are continuing to evolve to ensure we can continue supporting our neighbors in need. As part of this evolution, we are exploring potential partnerships with Brooklyn-based organizations and businesses that have expertise in food provision and distribution and access to physical space. If you’re interested in discussing partnership opportunities, please email us at partnerships@bedstuystrong.com.

Media requests.

If you’re a member of the media and would like to get in touch, please email us at bedstuystrong@bedstuystrong.com.