Food Bank Helps City Council Kick Off NYC Food Drive
August 26, 2014
Food Bank For New York City CEO Margarette Purvis joined City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Members James Vacca, Stephen Levin and Julissa Ferreras, and Assembly Member Mark Gjonaj at Food Bank member the Jewish Community Council of Pelham Parkway in the Bronx to announce the launch of a weeklong City Council emergency food drive that will help stock food pantries and soup kitchens in all five boroughs with nutritious food. The Council has also allocated over $1 million to help shore up emergency food providers citywide. The food drive comes at a critical time of year for New Yorkers in need, pointed out Food Bank CEO Margarette Purvis: “Less food supplies and more demand mean that summer months can be the leanest for Food Bank’s network of food pantries and soup kitchens. The City Council’s food drive will help more families send their children back to school well-fed and nourished.” More than 30 Council Members across the city will organize food drives in their districts from August 25 to August 29, with the donations going to local food pantries in every borough. Learn more here.
Lessons From Missouri: Driving Our Mission Nationally While Experiencing Ferguson Firsthand
August 25, 2014
While attending Feeding America’s 2014 Food Sourcing and Operations Conference in St. Louis recently, Food Bank For New York City Chief Operating Officer Lisa Hines-Johnson decided to also spend some time in nearby Ferguson, Missouri. In this Q&A, she shares professional insights gained at the conference, the personal ones she took away from Ferguson, and explains how both will impact her work at Food Bank For New York City. Read the Q&A here.
Pro Bono Pays Off
August 21, 2014
Food Bank For New York City partner Andy Pray, founder of Praytell Strategy, a Brooklyn-based PR and social media agency, shares his entrepreneurial story in Fast Company this month, and credits Food Bank with the successful launch of his firm. Food Bank became Pray’s first client in 2013 when he offered his services free of charge. Since then, he has gone on to do a variety of pro bono work for us, and is now looking to give back even more with the creation of Passion Project. This initiative will grant up to $120,000 a year of Praytell services to other nonprofits across the country. We’re proud to count Andy Pray among our supporters and congratulate him on his Fast Company profile.
You can help, too, by donating, volunteering, or becoming a Food Bank partner. Check out the article here.
Extending our Influence
August 4, 2014
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
July 28, 2014
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.
Change One Thing this Summer!
July 7, 2014
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, www.eatwiseteens.org
, features healthy tips for teens to keep up with!
Moving Forward: Food Bank Releases 2013 Annual Report
June 27, 2014
“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.