Christmas food distribution begins on Flatbush

Salima Edwards, Patrice Vassell, Officer Podd of the 63rd Precinct, President of Stalwarts Youth, Dimple Willabus, Svitlana Shavialenka, and Curtis Edwards volunteer during the food distribution on Flatbush.
Photo by Tangerine Clarke

The Stalwarts Youth organization in Brooklyn, answered the call from NYPD Community Affairs Officer Ronette Benjamin of the 63th Precinct, who requested a food distribution, and got one on Friday, Dec. 1, to help meet the needs of hungry residents as the holiday season approaches.

President of the organization and community leader, Dimple Willabus, who has been working tirelessly since the coronavirus pandemic began 10 months ago, showed up with a truck carrying 1200 boxes filled with fruits, vegetables and protein, distributed over three hours to residents who stood on line from 7 am.

She said, due to food insecurity that has been tremendous during the pandemic, the need has been great, as such, she stepped the organization’s distribution, doing so for the first time outside of 1786 Flatbush Ave. in 45th Council District, where the NYPD 63th Precinct is located.

She expressed gratitude to partners, including Jessica Weitz, volunteers and the community at large, for their support in handout the food boxes as food insecurity continues to plague all of Brooklyn, and America.

“NYPD Community Affairs Officer, Benjamin of the 63th Precinct reached out to Stalwarts Youth for the day of service, and we were happy to answer the call,” said Willabus, who will be running for the New York City Council seat in the 46th left vacant by Council Member Alan N. Maisel.

Officer Thomas Podd of the 63th Precinct Community Affairs Department, who was busy handing out food boxes, was delighted that the distribution had come to the district, and noted that it was important to connect with the community especially when residents were experiencing hardship.

Stalwarts Youth will continue its Christmas food distribution on Dec. 18 at the corner of Avenue L & 95th Street in Canarsie, Brooklyn, from 9 am.

To learn of the organization’s upcoming Toy and Coat drives, visit,

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