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The Department of Education is beginning its grab-and-go meal program starting this week for the rest of the summer.

The free meal program, which began in response to food insecurity during the pandemic, will be available to students and families at public schools around Queens from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Neir’s Tavern is launching a new charity program that is aimed at helping feed the hungry while helping the historic business survive the pandemic at the same time.

The Goodfellas Challenge encourages community members to take a photo of themselves recreating the Robert De Niro scene from Martin Scorcese’s ’90s gangster masterpiece in their own home. Once they post it to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, under the #NeirsGoodfellas hashtag, and become a meal sponsor online, they will be eligible for a number of rewards.

The Howard Beach Kiwanis Club recently gave out $2,500 in food donations to the community.

The civic organization gave the sum in the form of grocery store gift cards to five religious institutions in the neighborhood including Our Lady of Grace, Saint Barnabas Church, Assembly of God, the Howard Beach Judea Chabad and St. Helen. Each of the houses of worship will distribute the cards to those who need them most.