The New York Liberty, Brooklyn Nets and Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) have teamed up to combat food insecurity in the local Brooklyn community. The Nets & Liberty Food Pantry presented by HSS is located at P.S. 12 / M.S. 484 in Brooklyn’s Ocean Hill Brownsville neighborhood, to support a community which has been highly impacted by the issue.

The Meal Gap represents food insecurity as the number of missing meals that result from insufficient household resources to purchase food. In short, the Meal Gap is the number of meals needed per year for food security. According to NYC Food Policy the Meal Gap and number of meals needed per year for food security in Ocean Hill Brownsville is over 6 million, resulting in 32% of residents facing food insecurity.

The New York Liberty, Brooklyn Nets and HSS are proud to help close the Meal Gap and combat food insecurity in Ocean Hill Brownsville by stocking the pantry so it can distribute free groceries and meals for those in need. Hosted at P.S. 12 / M.S. 484 in Ocean Hill Brownsville, the food pantry is designed to reach food insecure students at the school and their household members including adults, seniors and other siblings.

The pantry at P.S. 12 / M.S. 484 is now open and can use your help. To support the pantry and provide the gift of meals and groceries, please click here. Every dollar donated will be matched up to $20,000. We thank you for your help in fighting food insecurity in our communities.

The pantry will continue to operate through June 2022. If you are a student or have a child that is a student at the school and are interested in the food pantry, you can contact the school by emailing CMack8@schools.nyc.gov

In response to the pandemic and the food insecurity that many faced during those challenging times, the Brooklyn Nets and HSS partnered with Food Bank for New York City to open a pantry in 2021 at P.S. 308, Clara Cardwell School. Over the course of 10 months, the pantry was able to serve nearly 7,000 people, with 44% being children.

NETS X LIBERTY X HSS FOOD PANTRY RIBBON CUTTING AT P.S. 12 / M.S. 484 SPECIAL GAME BALL DELIVERY TO THE NEW YORK CITY FOOD BANK
On March 1, 2022, the HSS x Nets x Liberty Food Pantry officially opened at P.S. 12, M.S. 484 with a ribbon cutting. On Feb. 17, 2022 , Hospital for Special Surgery, the Brooklyn Nets, and the New York Liberty honored P.S. 12, M.S. 484, and Food Bank for New York City with a signed game ball prior to the Nets vs. Wizards game at Barclays Center.