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Our Approach to Ending Child Hunger


By almost any measure - food insecurity, poverty, emergency food participation - families with children in New York City are among the most vulnerable. A whopping 70 percent of all low-income households with children in New York City struggle to afford food. One in five New York City children relies on emergency food from soup kitchen and food pantries.

Food Bank For New York City is committed to ending childhood hunger by ensuring that all children and families have access to affordable, nutritious food, and the knowledge and skills to make healthy food choices with the resources available to them. We work to meet these goals through a three-pronged programmatic approach - emergency food distribution, income support and nutrition education - supported by research, policy and public education including the "Eat to Learn"  Child Nutrition Initiative:  

  • Emergency Food Distribution:  Food Bank distributes more than 60 million pounds of food annually - including 13 million pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables - to a network of approximately 1,000 community-based member agencies and schools citywide. This helps provide 400,000 meals per day for children, teens and adults in need.
  • Income Support: The Food Bank offers income support programs including free tax help and food stamp outreach and application assistance to put money back in the food budgets of people in need.
  • Nutrition Education: Through CookShop, our federally-funded nutrition education program for food stamp-eligible New Yorkers, we help families leverage all available resources to provide nutritious, affordable meals by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to make healthy food choices on a limited budget.   
  • "Eat to Learn" Child Nutrition Initiative:  Through the "Eat to Learn" Child Nutrition Initiative, we convene the New York City School Meals Coalition and work to increase access to, and participation in, school meals and other federal child nutrition programs through collaboration with other organizations on policy development, advocacy, and community outreach strategies.

For more information on the "Eat to Learn" Child Nutrition Initiative and/or the School Meals Coalition, please contact Crystal Gilliam, Senior Manager of Government Relations.

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