Nets, Liberty open Brooklyn food pantry: 'No one should ever go to school or work hungry'

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BROOKYLN, NY - March 1st: During the food pantry ribbon cutting event at PS 12 on March 1st, 2022 in Brooklyn, New York. Photo credit Allison Joseph

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The Brooklyn Nets and the New York Liberty basketball teams partnered with the Hospital for Special Surgery to open a food pantry in Ocean Hill-Brownsville on Monday.

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The pantry will be operated by Food Bank NYC and is located at P.S. 12 and M.S. 484, which are both Title 1 schools that serve a high number of children from low-income households.

Photo credit Allison Joseph

About 32% of Ocean Hill residents face food insecurity, according to NYC Food Policy.

“We remain committed to serving our community by addressing issues impacting Brooklynites, including the crisis of food insecurity,” said John Abbamondi, CEO of BSE Global, parent company of the Nets and Barclays Center. “No one should ever go to school or work hungry, and we are proud to work alongside the Liberty and HSS to do our part in providing hunger relief.”

The new food pantry officially opened on Tuesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony at P.S. 12. attended by former Nets star Albert King.

The pantry will be open a few times every month and the Nets plan to host monthly fit clinics at the schools to teach students about nutrition and exercise.

Those seeking to donate to the new food pantry can do so on the Nets community website. The Nets, Liberty and HSS have pledged to match up to $20,000 in donations.