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Brooklyn store expands use of EBT

BAY RIDGE, Brooklyn (PIX11) – Three Guys of Brooklyn in Bay Ridge is making strides to end food insecurity in the community. For the first time, customers on government assistance can finally use their benefits to access fresh food delivered to their doorstep.

For some, in-person shopping is convenient. But for many struggling families, making the journey isn’t easy.

According to City Harvest, since the COVID-19 outbreak, nearly 1.5 million New Yorkers are food insecure, including one in four children. In Brooklyn alone, more than 400,000 Brooklyn residents are affected by food insecurity.

As of December 2021, there were nearly 2.8 million Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program recipients in New York City, an increase of about 8% from the same month in 2019, according to the Office of Temporary Services. and state disability.

The local grocery store has been a part of the fabric of Bay Ridge for 23 years, which is why owner Philip Penta said he’s come up with a plan to help families in need. He partnered with Instacart to make it happen.

For the first time, the store will accept EBT – Electronic Benefit Transfer – for same day delivery. It’s been two weeks and he’s already noticing an increase in sales.

The program is win-win; it also proves that providing better access to healthy, affordable food makes the community stronger and healthier, Penta said.