With a record turnout of more than 500 attendees, NYC’s Conference on Hunger & Poverty is our City’s largest convening of anti-hunger leaders and change agents. This year, our network gathered to share best practices and new approaches amidst widespread concerns of how the government shutdown has and will impact our emergency food network’s ability to serve. This year’s special guest speakers included Former Congressman Charles Rangel and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, as well as a special panel discussion about forward movement in the wake of the shutdown that featured Food Bank President and CEO Margarette Purvis, Jilly Stephens of City Harvest, Sheena Wright of United Way of New York City, and moderated by NY1’s Errol Louis.
In recognizing the work of its members, Food Bank presented the Kathy Goldman Award to Child Development Support Group. Awards were also presented to Agatha House (Bronx); Christian Cultural Center (Brooklyn); The Voices of Hagar/St. Mark AME Church (Queens); Riverside Church (Manhattan); and Jewish Community Center of Staten Island. Food Bank also recognized longtime partner Boar’s Head with the Cadwalader Award for Corporate Service.