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National Hunger Awareness Day, June 6, 2006


FOOD BANK FOR NEW YORK CITY SPEARHEADS CITYWIDE INITIATIVE

NEW YORK, NY, May 30, 2006 — More than one million people in New York City are turning to emergency food assistance. Most are hard working families with children and seniors who are forced to make difficult choices between everyday necessities, like rent, utilities or medicine, and food. On Tuesday, June 6, 2006 — National Hunger Awareness Day — all New Yorkers can be part of the solution. Join the Food Bank For New York City in a national movement and help raise awareness about the problem of hunger in our city and across the country. Do something today!

Donate:
Make a donation online by visiting www.foodbanknyc.org. Every dollar donated helps feed New York City's families and individuals at risk of hunger.

Raise Awareness:
Put an announcement about National Hunger Awareness Day and your support for hunger-relief on your Website, Intranet, newsletter and any other electronic mediums. Send an email to friends and family asking them to get involved in their communities.

Sponsor an Event:
Hold a food drive in your community or at your place of business. Food drives are fun and easy. More importantly, they provide critically needed nonperishable food for the food pantries of New York City.
Contact the Food Bank or City Harvest in advance of National Hunger Awareness Day to coordinate collection and drop-off details.

Volunteer:
Volunteer at your local soup kitchen or food pantry. Organize an employee volunteer day. Volunteers are critical in enabling the Food Bank and our network of food assistance programs to provide free meals daily to New Yorkers in need.

"The heart of National Hunger Awareness Day is people coming together as individuals, groups, organizations or corporations to help end hunger," said Dr. Lucy Cabrera, President and CEO of Food Bank For New York City. "Everyone can do something — whether it is donating dollars, raising awareness, sponsoring an event, participating in an event, or volunteering. Together, we can help end hunger in New York City."

Approximately 1.2 million New York City residents turn to emergency food programs (EFP's), such as food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters and approximately one-third of those served are children, according to Hunger in America 2006: The New York City and State Report, which was recently released by the Food Bank. Low wages and fixed incomes coupled with housing and medical costs make it extremely difficult for individuals and families to afford food. As a result, almost three quarters (73 percent) of households accessing EFP's in the city, live in poverty. There simply is not enough to meet their basic needs.

Hunger in New York City and across the nation is a solvable problem. On June 6 — National Hunger Awareness Day — Do something! Donate...Advocate...Volunteer! For additional information, log on to www.foodbanknyc.org.

Food Bank For New York City is a member of America's Second Harvest, the Nation's Food Bank Network.

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 2004/05 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.

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