Past Events & Campaigns
For events with Food Bank's celebrity partners, visit our Scene & Heard page.
For upcoming and annual efforts, please visit our Event & Campaign Calendar.
Can Do Awards Dinner
When: April 21, 2015
More than 600 guests joined Food Bank For New York City at our 13th Annual Can Do Awards Dinner,
helping to raise more than $2 MILLION—and counting! Our star-studded
gala, presented by Bank of America at Cipriani Wall Street, is
instrumental in helping provide support for the 1.5 million New Yorkers
who rely on Food Bank, and last night we honored several incredible
partners for their commitment to fighting hunger in our city: Tom
Colicchio and Lori Silverbush, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and
Sandra Lee—Simply Living Publishing.
Time Out for Hunger
When: March 29, 2015
Time Out New York and Food Bank For New York City teamed up for the 12th annual Time Out For Hunger campaign on Sunday, March 29th! New yorkers dined at the participating restaurants below and 10% of their bill was donated to Food Bank For New York City. Read more...
Mission Engagement Tour
When: March 20, 2015
Food Bank For New York City hosted donors and partners on a Mission Engagement Tour, showcasing our work in the Bronx.
Food Bank Bridges the Gap
When: February 11, 2015
NYC's Conference on Hunger and Poverty, presented by Food Bank, brought
together leaders from the anti-hunger community, media and policymakers,
New York City goverment, supporters and funders to look back at the
last year of progress and move forward to close the Meal Gap. Read more...
Food Bank Hosts SOUPer Bowl Pre-Game Party at Community Kitchen
When: February 3, 2015
On Sunday, February 1st, Food Bank’s Community Kitchen and
Food Pantry hosted a SOUPer Bowl Sunday pre-game party for over 70
guests, including 15 families and 35 seniors from the Harlem Community
and our member network. Culinary Council member Chef Max Hardy curated a
special game day menu.
MLK Weekend of Service
When: January 17-19, 2015
New Yorkers from all across the city joined us for our 2nd annual MLK
Weekend of Service to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. We are
grateful to every one of the 600 volunteers who rolled up their sleeves
and participated in 21 projects at Food Bank’s member charities
throughout the five boroughs.
50 Cent Fights Hunger with Food Bank
When: December 23, 2014
CNN caught up with Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson as he visited Food Bank's
Community Kitchen & Food Pantry in Harlem. Karolina Kurkova,
Savannah Guthrie, Marc Forgione, Lauren Bush Lauren, Andy Grammer, Rocco
Dispirito, Gabriele Corcos, Ellie Krieger, and Andy Grammer also
volunteered. Watch the video!
New York Jets Help New Yorkers in Need
When: December 19, 2014
New York Jets players Geno Smith, Leger Douzable, Jaiquawn Jarrett, Zach
Sudfeld and Ryan Quigley presented Food Bank with a $100,000 donation
that will help us provide 500,000 meals to our most vulnerable neighbors
this holiday season.
NYC Teachers Trained at CookShop Conference
When: December 15, 2014
annual CookShop Conference brought together teachers from all five boroughs for
hands-on training in our CookShop program, which empowers children, teens and
adults to eat healthfully on a limited budget.
Thankful to Give
When: November-December 2014
Give to others this holiday season! At this special time of year, we
hope you will Donate, Advocate, or Volunteer with Food Bank For New
York City. Join celebrities, chefs, corporations, professional athletes
and volunteers in showing how they are thankful.
Lavazza Brings Holiday Cheer to Harlem
When: December 17, 2014
Lavazza volunteers hosted a holiday celebration at our Senior Center,
treating Harlem seniors to a day of fun activities and gift bags filled
with Lavazza coffee and mugs.
Bank of America Gives Back
When: November 24, 2014
Over the course of three days, more than 800 Bank of America
employees said “NO” to hunger when they created 4,000
Thanksgiving-themed pantry boxes through our Food Bank 2 Go program.
Food Bank Holds 3rd Annual Legislative Breakfast
When: November 24, 2014
Food Bank For New York City held its 3rd Annual Legislative Breakfast at
the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College. More
than 100 elected officials, Food Bank member charities, and anti-poverty
stakeholders were in attendance to hear the findings of Food Bank’s new
research, The Hunger Cliff: One Year Later,
which shows that emergency food needs in New York City remain
staggeringly high since cuts to SNAP (food stamps) took effect one year
ago this month.
PIMCO Helps Provide Meals
When: November 22, 2014
PIMCO employees and their families joined forces with Food Bank For New York City for their annual Share The Harvest event.
NY Giants “Touchdown” at Food Bank’s Community Kitchen
When: November 18, 2014
New York Giants players Jason
Pierre-Paul, Damontre Moore and Jay Bromley volunteered at Food Bank
For New York City’s Community Kitchen in West Harlem to help make the
holiday season more plentiful for the community. The star athletes
unloaded a tractor trailer filled with over 100 turkeys, hundreds of
pounds of produce and all the Thanksgiving trimmings, then served dinner
to more than 600 New Yorkers in need.
Sysco Helps Food Bank Deliver More Food
When: November 14, 2014
Food Bank For New York City is thrilled by the donation of a 22-foot
refrigerated truck from Sysco Corporation. With this new addition to
Food Bank’s fleet of vehicles, Sysco is helping us to deliver more food
from our warehouse in the Bronx to our member charities throughout the
Students Against Hunger
When: September-December 2014
Food Bank For New York City is excited to kick off our annual Students
Against Hunger Campaign! We are calling upon all New York City students
to become active participants in the fight against hunger and be kids feeding kids.
Mission Engagement Tour
When: November 14, 2014
Food Bank traveled with donors and partners on our
Mission Engagement Tour to provide an insider’s look at our mission in
action. The Mission Engagement Tour, which raises awareness about our
innovative approach to closing the meal gap in New York City, kicked off
at our Food Distribution Center in Hunt’s Point, where attendees got a
firsthand look at our operation and how Food Bank receives, stores and
distributes food to the five boroughs.
When: October 17-19, 2014
Food Bank For New York City was honored to participate again this year
at the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival! NYCWFF pays
homage to one of the greatest dining cities in the world while working
to raise awareness and fight hunger in our city. Legendary culinary
icons from around the globe and America’s most beloved television chefs
connected with – and cooked for – 55,000 local foodies. All net
proceeds from the Festival benefit the partnering hunger-relief
programs, Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength’s No Kid
Go Orange in Bryant Park
When: September 28, 2014
came to Bryant Park with action stations around the park, nutrition
tips, cooking demos, prizes, and a scavenger hunt, all to raise
awareness of hunger in New York City.
Change One Thing Back-to-School Tour
When: September 23, 2014
Food Bank For New York City held a nutrition education summit for teens
in Harlem with surprise celebrity guests Keke
Palmer, TV host and first African-American star of the Broadway show
“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” and Brook Lopez, NBA All-Star
center for the Brooklyn Nets. The event supported our Change One Thing
initiative, a social campaign that aims to guide teens toward healthier
Fashion Takes Action: Food Bank and Henri Bendel Go Orange to End Hunger
When: September 23, 2014
Iconic fashion accessories retailer Henri Bendel hosted a “Fashion Takes Action” cocktail reception for Go Orange to End Hunger™
at its Fifth Avenue flagship location. Celebrity and Culinary
Ambassadors including Kelly Bensimon, Todd English, Katie Lee, and Eden
Grinshpan were on hand to show their support along with Food Bank Board
members and Henri Bendel’s President, Chris Fiore.
Go Orange 2014
When: September 1-30, 2014
Go Orange to End Hunger™ is a citywide effort to unite New Yorkers
to become aware and engaged in the fight against hunger in our city,
where 2.6 million New Yorkers struggle to put food on the table every
Mission Engagement Tour, July 2014
Food Bank For New York City hosted a Mission Engagement Tour on Tuesday, July 29th to raise awareness about our innovation approaches to closing the meal gap in New York City. Attendees went on a tour throughout the South Bronx with key Food Bank staff to visit our Bronx Distribution Center, a nearby member agency and a summer nutrition education program.
Toast & Jam, June 2014
Food Bank hosted Toast & Jam on Monday, June 2nd at the James Beard House for more than one hundred guests. The evening featured a menu prepared by Chef Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter Restaurant and remarks from President and CEO Margarette Purvis thanking supporters for joining Food Bank in the fight against hunger.
Mission Engagement Tour, May 2014
On May 16th, Food Bank hosted a Mission Engagement Tour to highlight
our strategic approach to fighting hunger in high-needs communities.
Guests included philanthropic, government, foundation, corporate leaders
and new President’s Council members who visited Food Bank sites and
member agencies throughout the South Bronx.
2014 Can Do Awards Dinner
The 2014 Can Do Awards Dinner raised $2.1 million for the fight against
hunger! Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Bank of America, and all
of our corporate sponsors and partners.
See the highlights here.
On Sunday, March 30th, 2014, Time Out New York and Food Bank For New York City teamed up for the 11th annual Time Out For Hunger campaign! Participating restaurants in the five boroughs donated 10%
of their daily proceeds to Food Bank For New York City.
Food Bank For New York City’s Celebrity Ambassadors, Culinary Council
members and other celebrity supporters were on hand to slice, dice,
chop, prep, cook and pack Thanksgiving meals for distribution to the
city’s most vulnerable, including children and seniors, as part of Food
Bank’s ongoing commitment to put more resources into place for those
with limited access to food.
This breakfast forum brought together top women non-profit leaders to discuss how upcoming and potential SNAP cuts will affect their work and mission specifically and our communities in general.
2013 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival
Eat. Drink. End Hunger. Join Food Bank and your favorite celebrity chefs on a four day culinary adventure to help end hunger! Tickets go on sale Monday 6/24.
The New York Marriott Marquis
W. 46th Street & Broadway
On January 22, more than 400 members of Food Bank’s network of emergency food programs braved the snow and cold to attend NYC’s Conference on Hunger and Poverty at the New York Marriott Marquis for a day of learning and networking. The main message of the day was the need for anti-hunger agencies to focus on reducing the huge meal gap facing New York City in the wake of increased need and reduced federal assistance. Even with the robust support of nonprofits across the city, New Yorkers are missing more than 100 million meals each year.
The 24th annual Check-Out Hunger campaign is nearing! 2.6 million people struggle to afford food in New York City, but during Check-Out Hunger, you can help provide meals by donating a dollar or two when “checking out” at supermarkets and grocery stores throughout the five boroughs.