Food Bank for New York City

Food Bank for New York City

As one of the country's largest food banks, Food Bank for New York City’s mission is to end hunger in New York City by organizing food, information and support for community survival and dignity. As the city's hub for integrated food poverty assistance, Food Bank tackles the hunger issue on three fronts – food distribution, income support and nutrition education – all strategically guided by its research.
 
Food Bank procures and distributes food to a network of more than 1,000 community-based member organizations citywide, helping to provide 400,000 free meals a day for New Yorkers in need. CookShop, Food Bank’s hands-on nutrition education program in the public schools, reaches thousands of children, teens and adults. Income support services including food stamps, free tax assistance for the working poor and the Earned Income Tax Credit put millions of dollars back in the pockets of low-income New Yorkers, helping them to achieve greater dignity and independence. Working toward long-term solutions to food poverty, Food Bank develops policy and conducts research to inform community and government efforts.
 
Jean stopped by Food Bank’s Community Kitchen and Food Pantry in Harlem on July 3 to lend a hand serving dinner for 650. Here’s what Jean had to say,
 
“Just wrapped up dinner to 650 or so appreciative New Yorkers who are down on their luck. Not one of them forgot to thank us and most greeted us by name (name tagged) and asked how our day was going. They complimented the chef and grinned ear to ear; one fell asleep with his nice full belly. At one point Celine Dion came on the radio singing God Bless America and I welled up with pride in our community always looking out for each other. Tiffany had to do veggies for a few minutes while I collected myself. Debbie, the supervisor, directed us and told us the importance of one serving each. She has been with the food bank for 15 years. I am so moved and inspired by these people and this organization.”