A Neighborhood Bonus for Met Foods Grocery Workers
(To Benefit Workers at the Met Foodmarket, 131 Driggs Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY 11222)
A Fundraiser by Neighbors and Friends and the Sunview Luncheonette
*** Update! Thanks soooo much to everyone for contributing - amazing to reach and surpass our original goal for this campaign in our first week(!) We're working to get a first batch of bonuses out by the end of the month. More updates soon! ***
As we come to terms with a health crisis that has meant closure and loss of business for many stores in New York City, we must meet the challenges ahead with mutual aid and solidarity. With stores closing or reducing their open hours all over the city, in Greenpoint we are all the more dependent on the local Met Foods market for food and supplies, and our thoughts are with the workers who show up everyday to keep the store open and stocked. Since this all started, some of the cashiers at the Met have been working seven days a week, with only Easter Sunday off. Many take long commutes to get to work, risking their health and the health of their families on public transit. Others still have been asked not to come to work. As with so many service-sector workers who have been thrust into frontline support positions in the midst of a global health crisis, when they took the job of cashier or stockist, none of the Met’s workers planned on paying an immediate price for the well-being of our city. We’re planning this fund as a bonus and benefit to the workers.
With the assistance of The Sunview Luncheonette, a community-based art and social space located on McGolrick Park, we have started a fund aiming to support the workers at the Met with a bonus to both show our appreciation for their sacrifice, as well as potential offer some help with the financial upheaval in their lives.
While we acknowledge the work of so many in the neighborhood who have kept essential services flowing, including friends at bodegas, laundromats, and restaurant workers and delivery persons, we’re are focusing specifically on the Met’s staff so that we can provide quick, if modest, support for those in our community, but encourage others to consider the needs of their own networks. If this effort goes well we may be able to continue this fundraising effort for the neighborhood’s other workers who provide such essential service during this crisis.
We aim to begin disbursing the funds we raise on 5/10 (or sooner!). This is a time of great uncertainty, and this initiative is a small gesture.
Donations made to Sunview Luncheonette are tax deductible – as a private not-for-profit social club, Sunview is fiscally sponsored through Brooklyn Arts Council, a 501c3.
For every $1,900 donated, we will be able to give each of the 19 employees of the Met a $100 bonus. If more is raised through this crowdfund campaign, all proceeds will be distributed evenly to Met employees.
Each week this page will be updated with a report on precisely how funds raised have been allocated.
Who Are We?
Dylan Gauthier: Artist, curator and (co-)organizer of the Sunview Luncheonette, a member-based social club and community space located on McGolrick Park.
Birgit Rathsmann: Filmmaker, Animator, Artist. Teaches at Pratt Institute and New York University.
Rick Karr: Public-radio journalist and artist.