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50 Cent Fights Hunger with Food Bank
When: December 23, 2014

CNN caught up with Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson as he visited Food Bank's Community Kitchen & Food Pantry in Harlem. Karolina Kurkova, Savannah Guthrie, Marc Forgione, Lauren Bush Lauren, Andy Grammer, Rocco Dispirito, Gabriele Corcos, Ellie Krieger, and Andy Grammer also volunteered. Watch the video!


New York Jets Help New Yorkers in Need
When: December 19, 2014

New York Jets players Geno Smith, Leger Douzable, Jaiquawn Jarrett, Zach Sudfeld and Ryan Quigley presented Food Bank with a $100,000 donation that will help us provide 500,000 meals to our most vulnerable neighbors this holiday season.


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NYC Teachers Trained at CookShop Conference
When: December 15, 2014

 Food Bank’s annual CookShop Conference brought together teachers from all five boroughs for hands-on training in our CookShop program, which empowers children, teens and adults to eat healthfully on a limited budget.


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Thankful to Give
When: November-December 2014

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Give to others this holiday season!  At this special time of year, we hope you will Donate, Advocate, or Volunteer with Food Bank For New York City.  Join celebrities, chefs, corporations, professional athletes and volunteers in showing how they are thankful.



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Lavazza Brings Holiday Cheer to Harlem
When: December 17, 2014

Lavazza volunteers hosted a holiday celebration at our Senior Center, treating Harlem seniors to a day of fun activities and gift bags filled with Lavazza coffee and mugs.






Bank of America Gives Back
November 24, 2014

Over the course of three days, more than 800 Bank of America employees said “NO” to hunger when they created 4,000 Thanksgiving-themed pantry boxes through our Food Bank 2 Go program.



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Food Bank Holds 3rd Annual Legislative Breakfast
When: November 24, 2014

2014 Legislative Breakfast MP ViveritoFood Bank For New York City held its 3rd Annual Legislative Breakfast at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College. More than 100 elected officials, Food Bank member charities, and anti-poverty stakeholders were in attendance to hear the findings of Food Bank’s new research, The Hunger Cliff: One Year Later, which shows that emergency food needs in New York City remain staggeringly high since cuts to SNAP (food stamps) took effect one year ago this month.

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PIMCO Helps Provide Meals
When: November 22, 2014

PIMCO employees and their families joined forces with Food Bank For New York City for their annual Share The Harvest event.






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Sysco Helps Food Bank Deliver More Food
When: November 14, 2014
Food Bank For New York City is thrilled by the donation of a 22-foot refrigerated truck from Sysco Corporation. With this new addition to Food Bank’s fleet of vehicles, Sysco is helping us to deliver more food from our warehouse in the Bronx to our member charities throughout the city.

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Students Against Hunger
  September-December 2014


Students Against HungerFood Bank For New York City is excited to kick off our annual Students Against Hunger Campaign! We are calling upon all New York City students to become active participants in the fight against hunger and be kids feeding kids.

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Mission Engagement Tour
When:  November 14, 2014

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Food Bank traveled with donors and partners on our Mission Engagement Tour to provide an insider’s look at our mission in action. The Mission Engagement Tour, which raises awareness about our innovative approach to closing the meal gap in New York City, kicked off at our Food Distribution Center in Hunt’s Point, where attendees got a firsthand look at our operation and how Food Bank receives, stores and distributes food to the five boroughs.

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When: October 17-19, 2014

NYCWFF 2014 blurbFood Bank For New York City was honored to participate again this year at the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival!  NYCWFF pays homage to one of the greatest dining cities in the world while working to raise awareness and fight hunger in our city. Legendary culinary icons from around the globe and America’s most beloved television chefs connected with – and cooked for – 55,000 local foodies.  All net proceeds from the Festival benefit the partnering hunger-relief programs, Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign.

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Go Orange in Bryant Park
When: September 28, 2014

Go Orange Bryant Park 2014

 Go Orange came to Bryant Park with action stations around the park, nutrition tips, cooking demos, prizes, and a scavenger hunt, all to raise awareness of hunger in New York City.


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Change One Thing Back-to-School Tour
When: September 23, 2014

Change One Thing Back to School Tour 2014

Food Bank For New York City held a nutrition education summit for teens in Harlem with surprise celebrity guests Keke Palmer, TV host and first African-American star of the Broadway show “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” and Brook Lopez, NBA All-Star center for the Brooklyn Nets. The event supported our Change One Thing initiative, a social campaign that aims to guide teens toward healthier choices.

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Fashion Takes Action: Food Bank and Henri Bendel Go Orange to End Hunger
When: September 23, 2014

Bendels Go Orange 2014Iconic fashion accessories retailer Henri Bendel hosted a “Fashion Takes Action” cocktail reception for Go Orange to End Hunger™ at its Fifth Avenue flagship location. Celebrity and Culinary Ambassadors including Kelly Bensimon, Todd English, Katie Lee, and Eden Grinshpan were on hand to show their support along with Food Bank Board members and Henri Bendel’s President, Chris Fiore.

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Go Orange 2014
When: September 1-30, 2014

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Go Orange to End Hunger™ is a citywide effort to unite New Yorkers to become aware and engaged in the fight against hunger in our city, where 2.6 million New Yorkers struggle to put food on the table every day.



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Mission Engagement Tour, July 2014

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Food Bank For New York City hosted a Mission Engagement Tour on Tuesday, July 29th to raise awareness about our innovation approaches to closing the meal gap in New York City. Attendees went on a tour throughout the South Bronx with key Food Bank staff to visit our Bronx Distribution Center, a nearby member agency and a summer nutrition education program.


Toast & Jam, June 2014

toast & jam teaserFood Bank hosted Toast & Jam on Monday, June 2nd at the James Beard House for more than one hundred guests. The evening featured a menu prepared by Chef Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter Restaurant and remarks from President and CEO Margarette Purvis thanking supporters for joining Food Bank in the fight against hunger.


Mission Engagement Tour, May 2014
Mission Engagement Tour, May 2014

On May 16th, Food Bank hosted a Mission Engagement Tour to highlight our strategic approach to fighting hunger in high-needs communities. Guests included philanthropic, government, foundation, corporate leaders and new President’s Council members who visited Food Bank sites and member agencies throughout the South Bronx.

2014 Can Do Awards Dinner
2014 Can Do Awards Dinner

The 2014 Can Do Awards Dinner raised $2.1 million for the fight against hunger! Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Bank of America, and all of our corporate sponsors and partners.

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Time Out For Hunger 2014

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On Sunday, March 30th, 2014, Time Out New York and Food Bank For New York City teamed up for the 11th annual Time Out For Hunger campaign!  Participating restaurants in the five boroughs donated 10% of their daily proceeds to Food Bank For New York City.


Top Chefs & Celebrities Join Food Bank For New York City to Prepare ‘Thanksgiving To Go’ Meals for the City’s Most Vulnerable Residents

kevin bacon thankgsiving 2013Food Bank For New York City’s Celebrity Ambassadors, Culinary Council members and other celebrity supporters were on hand to slice, dice, chop, prep, cook and pack Thanksgiving meals for distribution to the city’s most vulnerable, including children and seniors, as part of Food Bank’s ongoing commitment to put more resources into place for those with limited access to food.


Check-Out Hunger 2013

check-out_logoFight hunger while on line — the grocery line, that is. During this annual, citywide hunger-relief campaign, grocery shoppers can make a donation to Food Bank at the check-out of participating supermarkets throughout New York City.



Food Stamp Challenge

Food Stamp Challenge
For 1.9 million people in New York City, food stamps are a lifeline. And, if you are on food stamps, on average you have to get by on $1.50 per meal. Most of us spend more than that on our morning coffee.
Yet, as Congress rewrites the Farm Bill, food stamps are on the chopping block. Help raise awareness by living on a food stamp budget for one week — and sharing your experience online!

Hunger Crisis Forum: Women Taking Action for Women

Hunger Crisis Forum: Women Taking Action for Women
This breakfast forum brought together top women non-profit leaders to discuss how upcoming and potential SNAP cuts will affect their work and mission specifically and our communities in general.

Go Orange
When: September 2013
Go Orange
Did you know orange is the color of hunger awareness? Join Food Bank For New York City and Go Orange this September in honor of Hunger Action Month.

2013 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival

2013 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival
Eat. Drink. End Hunger. Join Food Bank and your favorite celebrity chefs on a four day culinary adventure to help end hunger! Tickets go on sale Monday 6/24.

NYC's Conference on Hunger and Poverty

Location: The New York Marriott Marquis
Times Square
W. 46th Street & Broadway
NYC's Conference on Hunger and Poverty
On January 22, more than 400 members of Food Bank’s network of emergency food programs braved the snow and cold to attend NYC’s Conference on Hunger and Poverty at the New York Marriott Marquis for a day of learning and networking. The main message of the day was the need for anti-hunger agencies to focus on reducing the huge meal gap facing New York City in the wake of increased need and reduced federal assistance. Even with the robust support of nonprofits across the city, New Yorkers are missing more than 100 million meals each year.


Eat. Drink. End Hunger. Join Food Bank and your favorite celebrity chefs on a four-day culinary adventure to help end hunger!

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