Food Bank For New York City Invests $14 Million to Strengthen Citywide Network of Food Assistance Providers
NEW YORK – Today, Food Bank For New York City released the following statement and video detailing their $14 Million dollar investment to strengthen and secure citywide member network of food assistance providers.
From the Desk of Food Bank For New York City’s President and CEO Leslie Gordon:
“It is my pleasure to share some exciting news regarding our mission that our supporters, partners and friends helped to make possible.
“Nearly one year into the coronavirus pandemic in NYC, our network of soup kitchens and pantries continues to fire on all cylinders to address the rising need across all five boroughs. Every donation of time, talent and treasure you’ve made to Food Bank helps us power their tireless work. Our Food Bank team joins me in expressing our deepest thanks for your support.
“But gratitude without action doesn’t mean much when facing down a crisis like hunger. So, we’re taking strategic and decisive action to ensure your support is making its greatest possible impact across our city. Thanks to your generosity, we’ve made a $14 million investment into our member network fighting hunger at the frontlines of this pandemic.
“This represents one of the largest investments to strengthen our city’s network of food assistance programs in the 37-year history of Food Bank. And it’s needed now more than ever, as a new landscape of food insecurity emerges across NYC. Over the past year, we’ve seen where needs are rising, where critical aid is dwindling, and have developed a strategy to disrupt that pattern.
“I’m thrilled to unveil a deeper view of our investment plan in the exclusive video below.”
“2020 was difficult for us all…and sure, we don’t yet know what 2021 has in store. What we DO know is that when hope meets the tenacity of New Yorkers on a mission, nothing will stand in our way.
“We will continue to share the ongoing impact of these important investments throughout the year. But we are only able to execute these plans because of the foundation of support you provide. I’m both humbled and grateful to call you a friend in this fight. Together, let’s see our city free from hunger.
President and CEO
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About Food Bank For New York City
Since 1983, 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 provided more than 80 million free meals last 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 nearly $36 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).