September 27, 2021 By Allie Griffin
A concert in Forest Hills featuring hip-hop artists Nas and DJ Cassidy last week raised enough money to help a local charity feed nearly 2.5 million New Yorkers for a day .
All proceeds from the ‘Concert to Feed NYC’ on September 23 at Forest Hills Stadium were donated to City Harvest, the city’s largest food rescue organization.
The concert was headlined by Grammy-winning artist and former Queens resident Nas after the release of his chart-topping album, King’s Disease II.
New York native and record producer DJ Cassidy kicked off the concert with an hour-long set celebrating New York.
The fundraising concert came at a time when many New York City families are struggling to put food on the table.
The number of New Yorkers starving for food has increased across the city during the pandemic.
More than 1.5 million New Yorkers are now food insecure, a 38% increase from pre-pandemic figures. Additionally, 1 in 3 children in New York City are now food insecure, according to City Harvest.
The concert was meant to support City Harvest’s efforts to ensure that no New Yorker has to worry about where their next meal is coming from. Proceeds from the sale will help the organization provide nutritious food during a time of historic food insecurity.
“We are grateful to our longtime friend Nas and DJ Cassidy for partnering with City Harvest to raise enough funds to help us feed the nearly 2.5 million New Yorkers who are struggling to save money. meals on their tables due to the pandemic, â€Jilly Stephens, CEO of City Harvest, said in a statement. â€œAt a time when food insecurity rates continue to reach record levels across our city, we are proud to partner with them to bring fresh, nutritious food to thousands of families in the five boroughs.
Nas, who grew up in the Queensbridge Houses, was also given an official Borough key.
Queens Borough President Donovan Richards honored the recording artist and 10 City Harvest frontline workers after the concert.
Richards also officially made â€œNas Dayâ€ on September 23, 2021 in the borough.
.@Nas was amazing last night @CityHarvest Concert to Feed NYC at @ForestHillsStdm, just as these essential workers have been throughout the pandemic. To everyone at City Harvest and to everyone who worked to keep #Queens over the past 18 months we are very grateful. pic.twitter.com/oSeViLu6iY
– Borough of Queens President Donovan Richards (@QnsBPrichards) September 24, 2021