No turkeys were hurt during the proceedings as Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams hosted the fifth annual bird-free “Plantsgiving” distribution at Brooklyn Borough Hall, on the eve of the final Thanksgiving of his tenure as borough president. At the event, which was sponsored by Wegmans, UA3, Kate Farms, The Campaign Against Hunger, Men Elevating Leadership, and National Grid, volunteers helped to distribute more than 5,000 pounds of produce to Brooklynites in need for the upcoming holiday. Lines and lines of pallets of veggies were lined up for churches to collect from dawn till early evening.
The event highlighted Adams’ ongoing commitment to ending food insecurity while promoting a healthy lifestyle for all Brooklynites, which stems from his health journey of overcoming Type 2 diabetes with a whole-food, plant-based diet. Through Brooklyn Borough Hall’s programs, capital allocations, land use recommendations and policy proposals, Adams has sought to create a healthier borough and reduce rates of chronic disease, which disproportionately impacts low-income residents and communities of color.
“Our annual Plantsgiving distribution is all about giving back: to our neighbors, our communities, and our borough. Even amid the challenges of the past year, the fact that we get to gather with friends and loved ones to share a holiday meal should inspire gratitude. Borough Hall has been so fortunate to work with some amazing partners on these annual distributions, and I want to personally extend my thanks to all of them for making this event possible, and for serving the entire borough in various ways. I wish a happy, restful, and safe Thanksgiving to all,” said Adams.