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NYC Conference on Hunger and Poverty Paves the Way Forward

Food Bank For New York City founder Kathy Goldman addresses member
agencies at 2013 NYC Conference on Hunger & Poverty
(photo credit: Tim Reiter)


When: January 15, 2013

Location: The New York Marriott Marquis

More than 500 representatives of Food Bank’s network of emergency food programs, volunteers and donors came together on January 15 at the New York Marriott Marquis for a day of networking, sharing, learning and celebration. The conference kicked off with a special presentation by Food Bank President and CEO Margarette Purvis on the impact of Hurricane Sandy on both the City and the Food Bank network. Attendees also participated in a variety of concurrent morning and afternoon workshops designed to help them expand their programs, better serve their communities, and face the challenges that lie ahead. One of the most popular workshops was Food Bank Chopped, which filled up fast with attendees who learned how to create easy, healthy and tasty meals using common pantry ingredients—a skill they could pass on to their clients.

The goal of the event: To help our network navigate the way forward with fresh, innovative ideas. Each workshop was packed with participants eager to hear from expert panelists on everything from recruiting and training volunteers, to improving program efficiency, to engaging the community with social media, and much more.

Highlights of the event included a luncheon featuring inspiring keynote speeches by Kathy Goldman, the founder of Food Bank, and Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide, and award presentations to outstanding member agencies. No Small Money Brass Band closed out the day’s celebration with a high-energy performance—the perfect ending to an exciting, galvanizing, information-packed event celebrating the achievements and future of New York City’s Hunger Fighting Community.


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