FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2020
The Francine A. LeFrak Foundation and Food Bank for New York City have partnered to provide mobile pantries, as well as meals at food pantries and soup kitchens in Corona, Elmhurst, Forest Hills, Rego Park and Woodside
New York, NY — The Francine A. LeFrak Foundation, the organization helping to change the lives of those who need an opportunity to achieve success, announced today that it will donate $200,000 to Food Bank For New York City to provide 1,000,000 meals for people in Queens. The donation will fund meals for people who visit food pantries, mobile pantries, and soup kitchens in Corona, Elmhurst, Forest Hills, Rego Park and Woodside.
Food Bank is the city’s largest hunger relief organization with a network of more than 800 food pantries and soup kitchens across the five boroughs. Food Bank has provided nearly 10 million meals to New Yorkers in need since its COVID-19 response efforts began.
“During this critical moment, we wanted to find a way to help our fellow New Yorkers and could find no better cause than providing food and resources to people in need. Our donation to Food Bank For New York City will go towards 1,000,000 meals for residents of Corona, Elmhurst, Forest Hills, Rego Park and Woodside.” Francine A. LeFrak, President of the Francine A. LeFrak Foundation said. “We are proud to partner with Food Bank to ensure families in Queens, the epicenter of the epidemic, do not go hungry.”
“With the coronavirus outbreak has come an extremely high demand for food across the city and many people are experiencing food insecurity for the first time. We thank The Francine A. LeFrak Foundation for their generous contribution to providing meals for people in Queens,” said Leslie Gordon, President and CEO of Food Bank For New York City. “Partners who have stepped up to help families in need during this difficult time are enabling us to stretch our resources to meet this high demand and we are grateful for their support.”
The Francine A. LeFrak Foundation’s mission is to help change the lives of those who need an opportunity to achieve success. Through targeted partnerships, the Foundation provides access to training, education, the arts and facilities while preserving culture around the world. The Foundation’s ultimate goal is to ensure that all individuals have access to the basic necessities and are equipped to achieve general economic stability to ensure their personal independence. The organization primarily gives to: education, human services; human rights; arts and culture; community development; education; and other areas.
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About Food Bank For New York City
For 36 years, Food Bank For New York City has been the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs. Nearly one in five New Yorkers relies on Food Bank for food and other resources. Food Bank takes a strategic, multifaceted approach that provides meals and builds capacity in the neediest communities, while raising awareness and engagement among all New Yorkers. Through its network of more than 1,000 charities and schools citywide, Food Bank provides food for more than 61 million free meals per year for New Yorkers in need. Food Bank For New York City’s income support services, including food stamps (also known as SNAP) and free tax assistance for the working poor, put more than $110 million each year into the pockets of New Yorkers, helping them to afford food and achieve greater dignity and independence. Food Bank’s nutrition education programs and services empower more than 50,000 children, teens and adults to sustain a healthy diet and active lifestyle on a limited budget. Working toward long-term solutions to food poverty, Food Bank develops policy and conducts research to inform community and government efforts. To learn more about how you can help, please visit foodbanknyc.org. Follow us on Facebook (FoodBank4NYC), Twitter (@FoodBank4NYC) and Instagram (@FoodBank4NYC).