Food Bank For New York City has been working to end food poverty in our five boroughs for over 30 years. Meet some of the people who help make it happen everyday for New Yorkers in need.

From the President and CEO

Food Bank For New York City’s mission isn’t about any city. This is about OUR city. With our finger on the pulse of what’s needed—and what’s changing—on our legislative and social landscapes, the Food Banker family works diligently to ensure that low-income New Yorkers have enough to eat and the services necessary to get back on their feet. By taking a bold strategic approach that puts more focus on the communities of highest need throughout the five boroughs, Food Bank is increasing resources in those areas and helping to build the capacity of charities serving residents there.

We don’t accomplish this work alone. As New Yorkers, we are in this together, and it is our shared commitment to ending hunger in our city that will change the story for millions of our neighbors who are struggling to survive.

Board of Directors

  • Rev. Henry A. Belin, III

  • Gloria Pitagorsky

  • Arthur Stainman

  • John F. Fritts, Esq.

  • Lary Stromfeld

  • Mario Batali

  • Kevin Frisz

  • Katie Lee

  • Seraina Macia

  • Nicholas Poitevin

  • Lee Schrager

  • Michael Smith

  • Stanley Tucci

  • Rev. Michael Walrond, Jr.

Agency Advisory Committee

  • Diane Glick Morris, Department of Health
  • LaMaunda Maharaj, EFAP
  • Renee Ruhl, Food Bank
  • Dana Cordy, Food Bank
  • Zanita Tisdale, Food Bank
  • Jennifer White-Reid, Urban Resource Institute Urban Women's Retreat
  • Rev. Vincent Fusco, Acts Community Development Corp. (Coney Island Lighthouse Mission)
  • David Moses, Mt. Hebron Church of Christ
  • Abigail Burke, Hour Children Community Outreach
  • Jack Martz, Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Lisa Boyd, Northeast Brooklyn Social Services
  • Allison Deal, MET Council
  • Robin Sirota Basin, Southside United HDFC Inc./Los Sures Social Services
  • Kimberly Singh, Bnai Raphael Chesed Organization Inc.
  • Lt. Travis Barton, Salvation Army Stapleton
  • Leslie McCalla, Project FIND Clinton Senior Center
  • Sara Manus, Evangelical Church Christ Is the Light
  • Angel Caballero, Davidson Community Center
  • Maria Estrada, Every Day Is a Miracle
  • Smilie Filomeno, Center for Family Life (Sunset Park Emergency Food Program)
  • Doreen Rutty, Bronx Bethany Community Corporation
  • Anthony Miranda, Elohim Community Development and Outreach Inc.
  • Sharon Sweeney-Lindsay, VETS
  • Sara Cohen, Jewish Community Center of Staten Island
  • Sister Marcellina Ngozi Obielu, St. Edward Food Pantry
  • Pe'er Deutsch, Oneg Shabbos


  • Rev. Henry Belin, Co-Chair
  • Margarette Purvis, President and CEO
  • Camesha Grant, Ph.D., Vice President of Community Connections and Reach

Junior Board

  • Annie Mohan, Chair
    Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, LLP
  • Ashley Alston, Sadie Lark
  • Alize Beal, Big Brothers, Big Sisters NYC
  • Olivia Benjamin, Goldman Sachs
  • Emily Chong, NationSwell
  • Tamara Dawson, Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger
  • Gary Johnson, NYC Mayor's Office
  • Joseph “JJ” Johnson, The Cecil & Mintons
  • Edwin Jones, KPMG
  • Andrew McCardle, Google
  • Victoria McCullough, Tumblr
  • Monica McPherson, Chanel
  • Melissa Mitchner, Paw Prints of Harlem
  • Devon Mosley, AgencyIMD, Inc
  • Farrell Ulrich, Creative Artists Agency
  • Jennifer Wines, Fidelity Investments
  • Ethan Yake, All Hands Volunteer