Thank You to Our Volunteers!

From Left to right: Francisco Tezen, Vice President for Fundraising; Seana Weaver, Director, Community Kitchen & Food Pantry of West Harlem; Michael Bitton, Volunteer of the Year; Camesha Grant, Vice President, Community Connections and Reach; and Brady Koch, Chief Program Officer.

Joined by more than 200 volunteers, Food Bank For New York City celebrated a year of hard work, dedication, and commitment to service at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Party. We would not be able to meet our mission of ending hunger without the amazing individuals who give their time and talent! Food Bank volunteers enjoyed a night of karaoke, food, and fun.

We also recognized outstanding volunteers and partners for their dedication to Food Bank For New York City and fighting hunger.

The Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Michael Bitton. He provided more than 629 hours of service to our Community Kitchen and Food Pantry in Harlem! As if that were not enough, he raised the funds to replace vital kitchen equipment.

The Corporate Partner Award was presented to Deutsche Bank, whose employees served 1,089 hours, the most by a corporate group.

The Civic Partner Award was presented to Build On. They served 740 hours, the most served by a civic group.

The Libby Award was presented to four volunteers who gave more than 180 hours in service over the past year.

  • Annie Chen
  • Kevin Everett
  • Jane Margolis
  • Juan Reyes (in memoriam)

The Extra Mile Award was awarded to Lillian Tenezaca. She served over 105 hours as a VITA volunteer this tax season.

Food Bank requires the help of 800 volunteers each week at our Community Kitchen and Pantry, Food Distribution Warehouse, public school pantries, member agencies, tax program sites, and at special volunteer initiatives. Become a Food Bank volunteer today!