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September 15 – October 15 marks Hispanic Heritage Month, a time for us to celebrate Hispanic culture, spotlight how food insecurity impacts Hispanic communities, and honor the pioneering leaders who have long fought for the dignity and empowerment of our Hispanic neighbors here in New York City and across the nation.

On this page, you’ll find everything you need to know about our approach to serving our city’s rich and diverse Hispanic communities along with actions YOU can take to fight hunger for the 1 in 5 Hispanic New Yorkers currently facing food insecurity.

How You Can Help



At Food Bank, we make it a priority to provide our neighbors with the culturally relevant food items and resources they need to thrive. To do this, we partner with an extensive Member Network of over 800 soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, public schools, health care clinics, and college partners that help us to meet the unique needs of the communities they serve.


Gil Llavet joined Food Bank over 35 years ago and is our organization’s longest serving employee. Born and raised in Puerto Rico by a single mother, Gil knows firsthand the struggles that food insecure New Yorkers endure: “I know the feeling of when you need help and you don’t have anything to eat. I went through that. I went through that for years.”

Now, Gil is a Hi-Lo Operator in Food Bank’s Warehouse & Distribution Center in the Bronx, helping to get food and other resources to the folks that need it most. “This is my second home and I’m happy knowing that what I’m doing can help somebody else who needs it.” Learn more about Gil by watching the video below.


Food Bank works on several fronts to eliminate hunger in New York City. The scale of our efforts is only possible because of our caring supporters. Gifts of time, talent, and treasure help to advance our mission. 


You can make a difference with a contribution of any size.
Every $1 = 5 meals.


Take action to help New Yorkers facing hunger & poverty.


Volunteers play a central role in powering Food Bank’s mission

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