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Extending our Influence
Food Bank For New York City’s President and CEO, Margarette Purvis, joins the ranks of our country’s Top 50 Most Influential Executives in the nonprofit sector, according to The NonProfit Times. Margarette will join the other honorees at the official award ceremony in Washington DC in September. Each industry innovator is being honored for pushing society for equal access and opportunity in their respective fields. From building the capacity of the emergency food infrastructure to partnering with non-traditional partners, Purvis (one of only two local charity executives on the list) was selected for her innovative and strategic leadership in pushing Food Bank For New York City to a higher level of recognition as a leader in the fight to serve Americans in need. Read more...

Food Bank's Dominique Jones Talks Summer Meals with Fox TV
Chief Programs Officer Dominique Jones took a moment to spread the word about Food Bank For New York City's summer meals initiatives on Fox 5 NY's Good Day Street Talk. Families who rely on school meals for breakfast and lunch find their budgets stretched when summer comes around. We're helping to meet that need by connecting kids with free breakfast and lunch around the city.

Chris Canty Tackles Healthy Snacks

Chris Canty teamed up with Food Bank For New York City to encourage healthy eating and exercise habits in Bronx teens. The Baltimore Ravens defensive end – and Bronx native – was in Mullaly Park with Food Bank's Change One Thing truck, which is traveling throughout the city this summer to bring neighborhoods healthy snacks and advice for leading a healthier lifestyle.

Canty made popcorn trail mix with cinnamon, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, unsalted almonds, dried cranberries, and dried apricots. "We really want to change the culture surrounding the eating habits for our young people," he said.

Food Bank's Change One Thing truck encourages teenagers to make smarter choices about their eating habits, such as drinking water instead of soda. Small adjustments like this can have a big impact on wellness, according to Food Bank's Chief Programs Officer Dominique Jones. "You can change one thing, and it will change the trajectory of your health," she said.

Change One Thing this Summer!
This summer, Food Bank will be kicking off the EATWISE Change One Thing social marketing campaign – July 7th through September 5th – promoting practical, healthy choices NYC teens can make every day without breaking their budget or disrupting their social lives. We're getting the word out through radio, digital and media ads, as well as a transformed ice cream truck featuring an interactive video game as well as healthy snacks, water and prizes. EATWISE Teens will be taking over NYC spreading the message – Don’t Change Your Life, #ChangeOneThing! The new and revised website,, features healthy tips for teens to keep up with!

Moving Forward: Food Bank Releases 2013 Annual Report
“Moving Forward,” our 2013 annual report, is here! The report focuses on the pivotal lessons of Fiscal Year 2013 that have informed our work for the future—enabling us to more effectively help New Yorkers in need through new approaches and deeper innovation. Read the report.

Blog: Harlem Walks to the Farmers Market
It's growing season again, which means that carts full of fruits and vegetables are on every other corner and farmers markets are filled with city folks looking to buy local. As Associate Director of Community Nutrition, I work on nutrition programming for Food Bank's network, but also provide nutrition education to the Harlem residents at our Community Kitchen and Food Pantry. One of my favorite activities is going on farmers market walks with our clients. We gather at the Community Kitchen at 116th Street and walk to 125th Street. During that time we chat about life and I get the chance to stay connected with the community in which I live and serve. Read more...

Kellie Pickler Helps Food Bank Fight Hunger

Country Music star Kellie Pickler joined Food Bank For New York City Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Silvia Davi at the Meow Mix mobile sound booth in Columbus Circle yesterday to raise awareness about hunger in NYC. Meow Mix engaged Food Bank For New York City with a creative campaign benefitting our organization. New Yorkers and cat lovers participated in an interactive contest with Kellie to record their own version of the Meow Mix jingle. For every song recorded, Meow Mix will donate 100 meals to Food Bank For New York City.

If you want a turn at the mic, there’s still time. The campaign continues through August 16. The Meow Mix mobile sound booth will be making four more stops around the city:

August 13, Columbus Circle, 12pm-6pm

August 14, Washington Square Park/NYU, 11am-5pm

August 15, Penn Station/Macy’s, 11am-5pm

August 16, Union Square, 11am-5pm


Blog: Just Say Yes to Healthy Eating
Earlier this month, Food Bank brought its Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables (JSY) 11-month cooking demonstration series to BOOM!Health's Harm Reduction Center. I am always a tad nervous about how new offerings will be received by our clients. JSY nutritionist Stephanie Alvarado set up in the café across from our kitchen. Within minutes, Stephanie had a room full of clients asking her questions and actively engaged in the subject at hand. On that hot summer day, the demo was about healthy beverages and the crowd absolutely loved it! Read more...

Rolling the Activity Dice For Good Health at the Community Kitchen and Food Pantry
Every week, the seniors at the Community Kitchen and Food Pantry in West Harlem have a nutrition education session with our registered dietitian, Shanon Morris. Combining healthy eating habits with regular physical activity is a great way for our seniors to keep their health in check, as many of them struggle with high blood pressure or diabetes.  These new activity dice are a fun way to encourage physical activity and engage folks in making healthy changes!

Sunny Anderson Shares Recipes at our Kitchen
Food Network star Sunny Anderson shared her delicious and nutritious recipes with a group of 40 seniors at Food Bank’s Neighborhood Center, a program offered at our Community Kitchen and Food Pantry in West Harlem. Sunny’s easy grilled chicken with apple-orange sauce, roasted sweet potato mash, and kale and coconut milk were all on the menu for the seniors to enjoy. During the fun-filled demonstration, Sunny shared memories about food and family with the group. Sunny is a proud new member of Food Bank’s Culinary Council and is doing her part to fight hunger in New York City!