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Food Bank For New York City Provides 15,000 Turkeys for New Yorkers in Need

New York, NY (November 26, 2002) — Food Bank For New York City, Food For Survival, is providing 270,000 pounds of turkey — 15,000 turkeys at 18–20 pounds each — to food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters serving New York City's neediest this Thanksgiving. This represents a 25 percent increase in turkey served over last year — enough for 675,000 servings.

"The Food Bank's turkey giveaway is special because it not only supplies turkeys to soup kitchens and shelters but also to food pantries that provide everything a family needs to celebrate Thanksgiving in the comfort of their own homes," said Dr. Lucy Cabrera, president and chief executive officer of Food Bank For New York City. "Thanksgiving is a celebration of abundant food and good health that we share with family and friends. The Food Bank's program enables low-income families — which make-up the majority of food pantry recipients - to participate in that tradition."

A recent study conducted by the Food Bank reveals that over 80 percent of food pantries are experiencing a rise in demand for food. Families make up the majority of food recipients at food pantries across the city. Over 50 percent of the turkeys being provided by the Food Bank are being distributed to the city's needy families through food pantries.

Today there are 1.5 million New Yorkers turning to emergency food programs to avoid going hungry. Food Bank For New York City, the largest food bank in the country, provides the food for over 200,000 meals served each day by more than 1,000 nonprofit community food programs throughout the five boroughs.

Anna Shenk
(212) 566- 7855

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