NYPD, Drive Change, Organize Food Truck For Brooklyn Residents Without Gas

NYPD officers came to the rescue Tuesday night for a Brooklyn community that have not had gas to cook their food for more than a month.

The Brooklyn’s Finest partnered with Drive Change to provide the free meals for the hundreds of residents in Brownsville.


What you’re seeing here is what happens when people care, and it starts with Police Officer Jason Macaluso.

“I walk these streets every day. These are the people that I know and I work for,” Officer Macaluso said.


So the NYPD brought in Roy Waterman, co-founder of Drive Change to provide free meals.

Many of these residents won’t have gas back on until the New Year and it was that thought of not having that gas through the holidays that gave birth to this idea.

Drive Change is so much more than a food truck.

It’s a training program for young people returning home from jail and prison, teaching them new skills.

“We’re playing our part in the movement. We can’t do everything but what he can do is realize there’s a power in a shared meal,” Roy Waterman said.

Residents say what’s in these boxes is much more than just a meal.

“When people are unhappy it is our business,” said Susan Herman, Deputy Commissioner Collaborative Policing NYPD.

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