The Hope for Harlem block party returned for a second straight year this Saturday.
The charity event and humanitarian effort was held outside the First Corinthian Baptist Church on 116th Street.
Thousands of groceries were donated along with care packages, hot meals and other essential items to Harlem families.
Kids were given backpacks for the new school year.
Among those on hand were Mayor Bill de Blasio and incoming Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin.
"We know that we have a number of parents in our community who are struggling. COVID has hurt them. Some of them have lost rental income, so we want to make sure that they are getting supplies so that their kids can go back to school,” said Benjamin. “Just seeing the community come out and seeing so many people be able to walk away with stuff that they need. Just seeing the community get stuff, but also enjoy and have a good time — I mean what more can you ask for?"
The event also provided mental health resources, job recruitment, voter registration and COVID-19 vaccines.
It was held in collaboration with Spectrum and other local organizations.