FACING HUNGER

From its earliest days, Food Bank For New York City has been the connector for New Yorkers with means to New Yorkers in need. The compelling portraits in this gallery are reflections of the challenges facing our most vulnerable neighbors, as well as the resolve of dedicated New Yorkers focused on removing hunger from our city.

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Community
“I strive to make our services at Food Bank’s kitchen and pantry feel like a hug from a friend. When I was younger, I knew hunger, too. Hugs are important.”
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5.8 Million
missing meals in Harlem-the most of any community in Manhattan. ___________________________________
1.4 Million
meals provided by Food Bank's Community Kitchen and Food Pantry of Harlem.
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Love
“She’s my baby…my precious baby girl.”
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195,000
working New Yorkers like Donnie rely on food pantries and soup kitchens. ____________________________________
19%
of New York City Children - 1 out of 5 - rely on soup kitchens and food pantries
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Partnership
“Our entire team at Bank of America serves. We believe that working together gives us leverage to defeat hunger.”
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$1.5 Million
is the value of New Yorkers' service to end hunger.  ____________________________________
2.3 Million
meals were distributed to our neediest communities thanks to dedicated volunteers.
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Children
“Our campus pantries keep children from experiencing hunger in their homes.”
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19.4%
of New York City children live in households facing food insecurity. ____________________________________
775,000
meals are distributed to K-12 students and their care givers through campus pantries.
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Respect
“Hunger does not discriminate. What I know about what's needed in The Bronx was learned from serving a diverse population. When voices are missing from the table, so are real solutions.”
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1 in 4
New Yorkers living in the most food insecure communities relies on SNAP (food stamps). ____________________________________
Nearly $40 Million
has been provided to low income New Yorkers through Food Bank's income support services such as SNAP program (also known as food stamps).
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Sharing
“Every Shabbat in my grandmother's home included someone less fortunate. It's how I learned to care for others.”
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1 in 2
Jewish people residing in New York City is considered poor or near-poor. ____________________________________
4 Million
kosher meals are distributed every year through Food Bank For New York City's food distribution program.
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Poverty
“To be our best city, we must commit to solving the root causes of hunger and poverty...working together toward one shared goal of loving our neighbors.”
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74%
of food pantries and soup kitchens report shortages of fresh fruits and vegetables. ____________________________________
11.6 Million
pounds of fresh produce were distributed last year through Food Bank's food distribution program.
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Decency
“Our city prides itself on being the culinary capital of the world. It's unconscionable that anyone should face hunger here.”
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208 Million
missing meals in a single year from the tables of New York City residents. ____________________________________
58 Million
free meals provided to New Yorkers in need per year through Food Bank's food distribution program.
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Hope
“When I grow up I want to be a Knight princess so I can save the day.”
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Over 70%
of all New York City public school’s students are living in poverty. ____________________________________
14,000
public school students received free meals through Food Bank’s Campus Pantry Program. 
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Motivation
“Cadwalader had the opportunity to lawyer the creation of Food Bank back in ‘82 and ‘83. We’ve been proudly serving ever since.”
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1 in 5
New Yorkers rely on soup kitchens and food pantries for their next meal. ____________________________________
Since 1983
Food Bank For New York City has provided more than 1.2 billion meals to New Yorkers in need.
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Purpose
“Too many of our elderly and veterans are in line for food. They've given us all so much. Why are they here?”
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20%
of New York City residents aged 65 or older rely on soup kitchens and food pantries. ____________________________________
136,061
free meals were provided to NYC residents aged 60+ in the last year.
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Service
“I believe our core purpose on this earth is to be of service to each other.”
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Over 1,000
food pantries and soup kitchens across NYC rely on Food Bank to supply fresh produce, pantry staples, and other essentials. ____________________________________
800
volunteers that Food Bank relies on every week at our warehouse and community kitchen and pantry, year-round.
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Future
“There are always opportunities in our daily lives to help families look forward to a better future. I see our tax services do this for the communities we serve, one return at a time”
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211,200
New Yorkers do not take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit. ____________________________________
Over $84 Million
has been put into the pockets of low-income New Yorkers per year through Food Bank For New York City’s tax program.
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Compassion
“So many families on the line suffer from neglect. Their faces tell their stories. Understanding that story is the foundation of service.”
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Nearly 70%
of food pantries and soup kitchens report serving New Yorkers from more than one borough. ____________________________________
90%
of New York city's zip codes have at least one Food Bank network charity distribution point.
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Human Right
“Food is one of our most basic human needs and rights. I believe no man, woman or child should have to go without, especially in a great city like New York.”
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1.5 Million
New York City residents are living below the federal poverty level. ____________________________________
50,000
children, teens and adults sustain a healthy diet on a limited budget through Food Bank's nutrition education programs and services.
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Seeing
“Signs of hunger are everywhere. The moment I saw it in cupboards and on faces, it was impossible to ever forget.”
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27%
increase in food inflation across the 5 boroughs since the 2013 SNAP cuts. ____________________________________
1.5 Million
people receive food and other essentials from Food Bank each year.
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Honesty
“As a city we must tell the truth. Between grocery stores, farmers markets and restaurants from every country in the world...there is no reason anyone should go hungry.”
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1.2 Million
NYC residents are food-insecure. ____________________________________
120
meals are delivered every minute to over 1,000 agencies including food pantries and soup kitchens to serve New Yorkers in need.
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Humanity
“We're the richest country in the world yet there are millions who can't feed themselves. Thankfully neighbors help neighbors and that's why we started Food Bank.”
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1.4 Million
New York City residents rely on emergency food programs, including soup kitchens and food pantries, each year. ____________________________________
$1
a donation of $1 to Food Bank for New York City helps provide 5 meals.