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Change One Thing this Summer!
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,, features healthy tips for teens to keep up with!

Moving Forward: Food Bank Releases 2013 Annual Report
“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.

Governor Cuomo Proclaims July Summer Meals Month

Governor Andrew Cuomo reminded parents that, while the school year is drawing to a close, those who rely on free and reduced-price school meals can still get free, nutritious meals at hundreds of Summer Meals sites. In New York City, the program starts June 27.

"Only one in three families who rely on a food pantry or soup kitchen in New York City participate in the summer meal program – many simply do not know that free and nutritious meals are available for their children when school is out," Margarette Purvis, President & CEO of Food Bank For New York City and the Chair of Governor Cuomo’s Anti-Hunger Task Force. "Hunger doesn't take a summer vacation and thanks to the leadership of Governor Cuomo, neither will our efforts to provide New Yorkers the resources and information they need to feed themselves and their loved ones."

Mayor and City Council Agree on Universal School Lunch for NYC Middle Schoolers

Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced a deal on the first budget of their respective terms, with the mayor giving the Council a partial win on its request for universal free school lunch. Food Bank President and CEO Margarette Purvis responded in a statement.

"Food Bank For New York City applauds Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito for providing vital funding for universal free school lunch. This will make significant strides towards ending child hunger in New York City, and eradicating the stigma around free meals for low-income students. We look forward to working with the Administration and the City Council to implement and hopefully expand this program, and to increase funding for emergency food for New Yorkers of all ages," Purvis said.

Mark-Viverito explained: "Everything is about a negotiation. We started at this point and we believe that between the administration and the (schools) chancellor there is a true commitment in getting to 100 percent of our children and we will ramp up to that slowly."

Blog: Reflections of a Food Bank Intern

Sea Bensimon, high school student and Food Bank summer intern

Working as a student intern at Food Bank For New York City has been an exciting and eye-opening experience. I've helped out with Food Bank projects in the past, but my internship allowed me to experience programs I never knew existed. I learned the true meaning of Food Bank: take hold of hunger and kick it to the curb. Read more...

Blog: Filling the Summer Meal Gap
There is a great deal of food insecurity in our Queens community, especially among families with children. When summer comes, it gets worse. Many of our residents rely on schools to feed their kids breakfast and lunch, and once the school year ends they have to figure out how to make up the difference. If more people knew about the Summer Meals program it would help them tremendously. Read more...

Blog: Fireworks of a Different Kind

Jean Thompson, CEO, Seattle Chocolates
President's Council member, Food Bank For New York City

Exactly one year ago today, I had my first exposure to Food Bank For New York City's Community Kitchen & Food Pantry in West Harlem. We had just started a program at my chocolate company with the introduction of a new bar, called jcoco, where we make a donation that helps provide a fresh serving of food to American food banks in the cities where the bars are sold. In NYC, we chose Food Bank For New York City because it is an overarching organization that has far-reaching tentacles in NYC, and a clear, focused mission to stomp out hunger. Read more...

Scene & Heard
Food Bank’s celebrity partners are always on hand to help fight hunger throughout the five boroughs. See our latest star supporters in action!

Blog: Get Grilling - No Meat Required!
Summertime signals the start of barbecue season and, for many, an increase in meat consumption. Grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken typically take the spotlight, leaving vegetables in the dust. Is it possible for vegetables to play a larger role in our summer meals? Absolutely! Read more...