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Food Bank’s celebrity partners are always on hand to help fight hunger throughout the five boroughs. Here are our latest star supporters in action:


Chef Aarón Sánchez Joins Food Bank's Culinary Council

June 25, 2015 – Aarón Sánchez, award-winning chef, author, and Food Network and Cooking Channel personality, has joined the Culinary Council of Food Bank For New York City.






The Henrik Lundqvist Foundation Teams Up with Food Bank

March 4, 2015 – The Henrik Lundqvist Foundation, recently co-founded by New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist and Therese Lundqvist, is teaming up with Food Bank to help fight hunger in New York City. As part of their first ever grant cycle, the Foundation is funding Food Bank’s CookShop for Families program, helping support 17 elementary schools in the South Bronx, where the need is greatest.




What’s Cooking: Q&A with Chef Marc Forgione

December 24, 2014 – With the holidays fast approaching, we sat down with Food Bank Culinary Council member Chef Marc Forgione to talk about giving back, Christmas traditions and a special family recipe.






Chef Max Hardy Joins Food Bank

December 22, 2014 - Chef Max Hardy, an entrepreneur, author, private chef and owner of Chef Max Miami LLC, is also a philanthropist whose passion for cooking is equaled only by his passion for fighting hunger. Food Bank For New York City is proud to welcome him as the newest member of our Culinary Council.




First “Orange Friday” at Community Kitchen

December 1, 2014 – The hardest time to find a free meal is the day AFTER Thanksgiving. That’s why Food Bank’s Community Kitchen in Harlem was open on November 28 for our first Orange Friday. Chef Maxcel Hardy and his team prepared a full menu of tasty dishes, including turkey pot pie, sweet potato soufflé, collard greens, au gratin mac-n-cheese and more.




Mario Batali and David Chang Help Bring Thanksgiving Meals to NYC Communities in Need

November 24, 2014 – Mario Batali, Susi Cahn, David Chang and volunteers from David’s restaurant, Momofuku, teamed up to distribute more than 9,000 meals, including 600 turkeys and roasters, to New Yorkers who rely on Food Bank For New York City’s Community Kitchen & Food Pantry. The group also helped pack 300 Thanksgiving pantry bags that were distributed by Food Bank member charities to seniors in the Bronx, Harlem and Lower Manhattan.






Tuscan Chef Gabriele Corcos Joins Food Bank

October 17, 2014Food Bank For New York City is proud to welcome Chef Gabriele Corcos, aka “The Tuscan Gun,” as the newest member of our Culinary Council. 

Born in Florence, Italy, Chef Corcos is one of the country’s foremost authorities on Tuscan cooking, and his passion for the cuisine is not only evident in his food, but also on his hit Cooking Channel show, Extra Virgin, which he hosts with his wife, actress Debi Mazar.



Chefs Madison Cowan and Franklin Becker Demonstrate Healthy Recipes at Go Orange in Bryant Park

Madison Cowan at Bryant Park 2014September 28, 2014Go Orange came to Bryant Park with action stations around the park, nutrition tips, cooking demos, prizes, and a scavenger hunt, all to raise awareness of hunger in New York City.  Celebrity chefs Franklin Becker and Madison Cowan were on site to demonstrate recipes that are healthy, easy and budget-friendly.





Fashion Takes Action: Food Bank and Henri Bendel Go Orange to End Hunger

Bendels Go Orange 2014September 23, 2014 – Iconic fashion accessories retailer Henri Bendel hosted a “Fashion Takes Action” cocktail reception for Go Orange to End Hunger™ at its Fifth Avenue flagship location. Celebrity and Culinary Ambassadors including Kelly Bensimon, Todd English, Katie Lee, and Eden Grinshpan were on hand to show their support along with Food Bank Board members and Henri Bendel’s President, Chris Fiore.

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Chris Canty Tackles Healthy Snacks

Chris Canty scene heardJuly 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.


Sunny Anderson Shares Recipes at our Kitchen

Sunny Anderson scene heardJuly 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!



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