Food Pantry

Brooklyn Nets
Food Pantry

Presented by HSS

In order to help combat food insecurity in Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Nets and Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) have teamed up to launch The Brooklyn Nets Food Pantry presented by HSS. The food pantry will be located at P.S. 308, Clara Cardwell School, in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood – an area where food insecurity impacts approximately 26% of the population according to Food Bank For New York City – and will be stocked with non-perishable food items and provided the necessary support to distribute free groceries and meals on-site.

P.S. 308 is a Title 1 school, serving a high number of children from low-income households. In order to provide additional support for these families, the Nets and HSS will also work with the Food Bank and P.S. 308 to deploy a family-focused nutrition program to help address food insecurities experienced by students and their families.

As part of the nutrition program, each month the Nets and HSS will release recipe cards containing the ingredients and steps to prepare a Nets player’s favorite recipe, along with healthy snack pairings from HSS nutritionists and a physical activity suggestion from HSS physical trainers. Additionally, one student from P.S. 308 will have the opportunity to participate in a virtual cooking class with a Nets player using ingredients from the food pantry to prepare his favorite recipe.

Distributions will occur several times per month based on a schedule designated by school administration, and patrons will have the opportunity to select items by food group, completely free of charge, to meet the needs of each individual family.

The pantry is now open and will continue to operate through June 2021. You can contact the school here to determine eligibility or search the Food Bank NYC map for a site near you.

Custom Tote Bags for Sale Benefitting Food Bank for NYC

HSS and the Brooklyn Nets teamed up to create custom New York themed reusable tote bags to raise money to benefit Food Bank for NYC. Your purchase will help provide the needed food and services to over 1.5 million New Yorkers that Food Bank for NYC serves. The tote bags are available for purchase now for $3 with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Food Bank for NYC. While supplies last.

Purchase Here

Recipe Card

Each month, the Brooklyn Nets and HSS will release a Player Recipe Card that will contain all the ingredients and steps to prepare your Brooklyn Nets players’ favorite recipes and a suggested physical activity from an Exercise Physiologist at HSS.

Click/Tap to flip to player recipe Card

Virtual Cooking Class

On April 24, families from P.S. 308 Clara Cardwell School participated in a virtual cooking class with special guests Brooklyn Nets player Jeff Green, Heidi Skolnik from HSS, Kristian Winfield from New York Daily News and Olivier Sedra, voice of the Brooklyn Nets.

About Hospital for Special Surgery

HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the 11th consecutive year), No. 4 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2020-2021), and named a leader in pediatric orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” list (2020-2021). HSS is ranked world #1 in orthopedics by Newsweek (2020-2021). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has the lowest complication and readmission rates in the nation for orthopedics, and among the lowest infection rates. HSS was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State, as well as in Florida. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The HSS Education Institute is a trusted leader in advancing musculoskeletal knowledge and research for physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, academic trainees, and consumers in more than 130 countries. The institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.

About Food Bank For New York City

For 36 years, Food Bank For New York City has been the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs. Nearly one in five New Yorkers relies on Food Bank for food and other resources. Food Bank takes a strategic, multifaceted approach that provides meals and builds capacity in the neediest communities, while raising awareness and engagement among all New Yorkers. Through its network of more than 1,000 charities and schools citywide, Food Bank provides food for more than 57 million free meals per year for New Yorkers in need. Food Bank For New York City’s income support services, including food stamps (also known as SNAP) and free tax assistance for the working poor, put more than $110 million each year into the pockets of New Yorkers, helping them to afford food and achieve greater dignity and independence. Food Bank’s nutrition education programs and services empower more than 50,000 children, teens and adults to sustain a healthy diet and active lifestyle on a limited budget. Working toward long-term solutions to food poverty, Food Bank develops policy and conducts research to inform community and government efforts. To learn more about how you can help, please visit


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