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Earlier today, Friday, August 07, 2020, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. hosted an event to distribute food and personal protective equipment at River Park Towers at 55 Richman Plaza in the Bronx.

Borough President Diaz hosted the event with New York City Council Member Vanessa Gibson and New York State Assembly Member Latoya Joyner in partnership with Empire Bluecross Blueshield. They distributed thousands of pieces of personal protective equipment such as face masks and hand sanitizer.

Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia and the Food Policy Team joined the event to give out boxes of fresh groceries to River Park Towers residents.

“COVID-19 has affected so many families in The Bronx but thanks to our collective adherence to public health strategies like wearing masks, we have been able to “flatten the curve” and sustain lower infection rates,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. “Today we made it easier for hundreds of Bronxites to protect themselves by providing them with masks and other vital resources. Thank you to everyone who partnered with us today to organize this event and to protect our communities from COVID-19.”

“For far too long, the residents at Riverpark Towers have been battling the novel Coronavirus with limited resources. Its location leaves them removed from many resources within the South Bronx. Thanks to the partnership between Bronx Borough President Ruben…

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