In 1983, leaders of the city’s pioneering soup kitchens and food pantries gathered to create a solution to best meet their needs in serving their communities. The result was their founding of Food Bank. That Food Bank has since provided more than 1 Billion Meals FOR New York City.

Board of Directors

Junior Board

  • Sarah Bennett, Chair, Google
  • Ashley Alston, Sadie Lark
  • Olivia Benjamin, Bain Capital Ventures
  • Julia Bodner, William Morris Endeavor (WME)
  • Jennifer Chaplin, Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits
  • Tamara Dawson, The Campaign Against Hunger
  • Alize Garcia, LinkNYC
  • Gary Johnson, NYC Mayor's Office
  • Joseph “JJ” Johnson, Ingrained Hospitality
  • Hayley Kahn, Anheuser Busch
  • Melissa Mitchner, The Bark Shoppe
  • Maia Thrift-Perry, Pfizer
  • Farrell Ulrich, Creative Artists Agency
  • Jennifer Wines, Fidelity Investments

Agency Advisory Committee

  • Robin Sirota-Bassin, Southside United HDFC, Inc.
  • Cheryl Cancela, The Salvation Army
  • Allison Deal (Chair)m Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty
  • Peer Deutsch, Oneg Shabbos
  • Maria Estrada, Every Day Is a Miracle
  • Lisa Everett, Northeast Brooklyn Social Services
  • Rev. Vincent Fusco , Acts Community Development Corp.
  • Major Sharon Lindsay, VETS, Inc.
  • David Moses, Mt. Hebron Church of Christ
  • Dorren Rutty, Bronx Bethany Community Corp.
  • Kimberly Singh, Bnai Raphael Chesed Organization


  • LaMaunda Maharaj, NYC HRA—EFAP
  • Tara Walker, NYC HRA—EFAP
  • Diane Glick Morris, NYS DOH—HPNAP


  • Zanita Tisdale, Associate Director, Member Services Food Bank For New York City