Food Bank For New York City Awarded $125,000 Check from UPS
Food Bank For New York City to Receive $15,000 Check from UPS to Expand Volunteer Services. Congressman José E. Serrano, State Senator José M. Serrano, Representatives of UPS Including 200 Uniformed Drivers Present "Symbolic" 4-Foot by 2-Foot Check.
NEW YORK, NY, February 10, 2006 — Food Bank For New York City has been awarded a grant in the amount of $125,000 from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYS:UPS). A 'symbolic' four-foot by two-foot check was presented to the Food Bank during ceremonies today at the UPS warehouse, located at 180 Canal Place, Bronx, New York. UPS Division Manager, Willie Rodriguez offered opening remarks, followed by comment from Congressman José E. Serrano and State Senator José M. Serrano. Two-hundred uniformed UPS drivers added their support to the event. Food Bank Board Member, Ralph L. Rogers, Jr. accepted the check on behalf of the Food Bank.
The Food Bank will use the grant funds to support and expand their Volunteer Program, enabling them to match skilled professionals with food programs with particular needs. Volunteers comprise eighty-three percent of the staff at the helm of most soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and other community programs that host one million people each year. These funds will substantially improve the Food Bank's ability to reach and serve those individuals.
"We are very excited to be the recipient of this grant from The UPS Foundation," said Food Bank President and CEO, Dr. Lucy Cabrera. "During the past four years, the Food Bank has worked extensively with UPS through employee volunteerism as part of our NYC Bank-to-Bank Partnership food drive. UPS drivers have generously donated hundreds of man hours in an effort to help us fight hunger throughout the city. We look forward to a long and productive relationship."
"Giving back to the communities is an important part of UPS's culture that's embraced by our employees through volunteerism, making donations and sharing their intellectual capital," said Evern Cooper Epps, President of The UPS Foundation and Vice President of UPS corporate relations. "Together with nonprofit partners such as the Food Bank For New York City, we work to make a positive impact on the lives of people in need."
At least two million New York City residents are at risk of going hungry. The majority of them are women with children, the elderly, the disabled and the working poor. Food Bank For New York City, the city's primary supplier of food for the hungry, helps provide the food for more than 250,000 free meals served each day by more than 1,200 nonprofit community food programs in the five boroughs. Last year, the Food Bank distributed more than 67 million pounds of food and was recognized as the 2004 Food Bank of the Year by America's Second Harvest, The Nation's Food Bank Network. For more information, visit our website at www.foodbanknyc.org.
Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, GA, the UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified literacy, hunger relief, and volunteerism as its focus areas.
In 2004, The UPS Foundation distributed nearly $40 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations or programs such as the Food Bank For New York City and provide support for building stronger communities.