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Blog: Harlem Walks to the Farmers Market
August 15, 2014
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
August 14, 2014
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 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 is donating 100 meals to Food Bank For New York City.
Blog: Just Say Yes to Healthy Eating
July 23, 2014
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...
Sunny Anderson Shares Recipes at our Kitchen
July 17, 2014
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!
Chris Canty Tackles Healthy Snacks
July 21, 2014
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.