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Food Bank For New York City Founder Kathy Goldman Honored as White House “Food Security Champion of Change”

On Thursday, September 6, 2012 The White House honored 11 “Champions of Change” who have committed themselves to Strengthening Food Security in the United States and around the world. Among those recognized was Kathy Goldman, who in 1983, began her life’s mission to serve people in need throughout New York City by founding “Food For Survival.” Her passion and determination for the cause to end food poverty grew into The Food Bank For New York City, now the area’s largest major hunger relief organization helping to provide 400,000 free meals a day to the city’s estimated 2.9 million residents in need.

“Today’s champions are examples of the groundbreaking work being done to tackle hunger at home and abroad. These individuals are making improved access to healthy food a reality for millions of individuals in need,” said Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan. “Establishing global food security isn’t just critical for those now suffering from hunger. It is also vital to our long-term economic prosperity. We applaud the champions for their efforts to empower families and communities and to reduce the depth and severity of hunger around the world.”

The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities. For more information about Champions from all walks of life, visit

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