NEW ROCHELLE (WCBS 880) – New Rochelle, once the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in New York, has begun a new partnership to help its struggling restaurants while feeding the hungry.
The program, NourishALL, is a play on New Rochelle’s name. Mayor Noam Bramson said it has a multipurpose goal.
“By providing them with gift cards and gift certificates for local restaurants, and at the same time provide some guaranteed income to those restaurants, so that we can sustain these valued businesses through a period of unique hardship,” Bramson said.
The mayor said the restaurants participating range from casual locations to fine dining. The one thing they have in common is that they’re all taking carryout and delivery orders.
The gift cards are paid by RXR Realty, L+M Development Partners and 10 community-based organizations.
“We raised a little over $400,000 so far, but absolutely we accept contributions from the general public,” Bramson said. “The more we raise, the more people we can assist and the longer we can keep the program going.”
Donations are being accepted on New Rochelle’s website under the hashtag #NewRoStrong.