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Connecting With Our Network
Food Bank For New York City President and CEO Margarette Purvis gathered together a diverse group of member charities from every borough for an intimate conversation today. Spending time engaging with our citywide network enables Food Bank to better serve our neighbors in need.

Volunteers are Vital: MSNBC
MSNBC shines a spotlight on the critical role volunteers play in helping pantries across the country provide food for families in need with an in-depth feature on Food Bank For New York City and our Bronx-based member charity Part of the Solution. To volunteer at Food Bank, click here.

Food Bank and Our Members Keep Voters Informed
Decisions made in Albany affect the lives of New Yorkers experiencing hunger and poverty every day. To make sure New Yorkers know where candidates stand on the issues before upcoming elections, Food Bank For New York City is partnering with our local member organizations and DNAinfo New York to host a series of New York State Legislator Candidate Forums in all five boroughs through September 4. Find one in your community.

Food Bank Helps City Council Kick Off NYC Food Drive

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.

Pro Bono Pays Off

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.

Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea Go Orange
Food Bank For New York City teamed up with weekend food and flea markets Smorgasburg Willamsburg and Brooklyn Flea to spread the word about Go Orange to End Hunger™. Food Bank’s Go Orange tables at both markets attracted patrons with games, giveaways and information to help raise awareness about hunger in New York City and inspire Brooklynites to take action. Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea vendors showed their support by sporting Go Orange tees and donating a portion of the weekend’s proceeds to Food Bank.

Lavazza Goes Orange For NYC Kids
The entire team at Lavazza USA’s Manhattan office embraced the Go Orange spirit yesterday, pitching in to help get food to New York City children in need. Food Bank brought the volunteer experience directly to Lavazza’s office: we provided the supplies, they provided the people. Every staffer joined in to help decorate and pack over 300 snack bags to be delivered to kids in Brooklyn—including CEO Ennio Ranaboldo! As a special treat for parents, the Lavazza team included their delicious coffee in every bag. If you’d like to host a volunteer project at your company, Food Bank 2 Go can help. Contact Ijeoma Obilo for more information.

In Appreciation of Our Volunteers
Today, our volunteers and partners will once again roll up their sleeves and help Food Bank For New York City and our network of charities prepare and serve meals, stock pantry shelves, and much more. We celebrate their service to New Yorkers and thank them for their dedication. Their hands-on support ensures that our neighbors in need have enough to eat today, and every day.

Empire State Building Turns NYC Skyline Orange
Several Food Bank For New York City board members, friends and supporters—all ambassadors for hunger relief—joined Food Bank President and CEO Margarette Purvis today to “flip the switch” and light the Empire State Building orange as part of our Go Orange To End Hunger™ campaign.

Alex and Ani Go Orange in Soho
Retailer Alex and Ani welcomed New Yorkers to their Soho store last night for a fun-filled Go Orange Charmed by Charity event, benefitting Food Bank For New York City. Eager shoppers were treated to much more than an array of great jewelry. The Knicks City Dancers were on hand to show their Go Orange spirit as well. Alex and Ani Soho is also helping New Yorkers in need by holding an in-store food drive throughout the month of September.

Empire State Building Goes Orange
International icon of the New York skyline, the Empire State Building will glow orange to recognize Food Bank’s Go Orange to End Hunger™ campaign Wednesday, September 10th. Take a pic and tag it #GoOrangeNYC to join us in raising hunger awareness this month.

Go Orange Comes to Yankee Stadium
Food Bank For New York City took the field at Yankee Stadium last night with partners, donors and volunteers to kick off Go Orange to End Hunger™ and cheer on the Yankees vs. the Red Sox. In a special pre-game ceremony, Food Bank was honored with a $50,000 check presentation from the New York Yankees.