NEW YORK CITY – A healthy dose of mold peppered a meal served as part of the city’s COVID-19 emergency food distribution program, a woman said in a Twitter message Tuesday.
A photo shared by the woman, who uses the Twitter username @ Rachellesingl12, shows five wrapped sandwiches or burgers, four of which appear to have visible mold. She apparently received the food through GetFoodNYC.
” It’s so sad. This is the food that is sent to the families, ”the woman wrote. “It’s molded on arrival. So how many other things are spoiled that are so visible (sic). ”
The woman could not be reached for comment. It is not known when the photo was taken.
Joshua Goodman, deputy commissioner for public affairs for the New York City Department of Sanitation, told Patch via email that “what is pictured is beyond the unacceptable,” but he couldn’t not identify when or to whom the food was distributed.
“We have distributed 120 million meals since the start of the pandemic, and although these are emergency foods, they must meet strict nutritional and freshness standards,” Goodman said. “Due to the huge scale of the program, we have about 50 suppliers at a time – caterers, restaurants, farm consortia, etc. We have fired suppliers for not meeting our standards in the past, and we take complaints very seriously.
NYC311 responded to the tweet asking it to file a report, but Goodman said nothing was filed Wednesday afternoon.
The Deputy Commissioner urged any New Yorker who receives a problematic GetFoodNYC delivery to report it to nyc.gov/getfood or by calling 311.