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Food Bank installs an advanced warehouse management system, including scannable bar coding that streamlines order processing and inventory control.

Our newly established Research Department, releases preliminary results of Changes in Demand for Food Assistance at New York City Emergency Food Programs After September 11, 2001, the first study documenting the unrelenting rise in hunger citywide in the wake of September 11.

Lucy Cabrera, Food Bank President and CEO, is invited to a White House briefing ceremony to stand with President George W. Bush as he urges passage of the CARE Act, legislation that would strengthen charitable giving.

Food Bank holds its first Can-Do Awards Dinner on the occasion of our 20th anniversary to honor longtime partners in helping to end hunger.

Food Bank establishes our suite of Education & Nutrition services for our food assistance program network (formerly the Education Institute for Community Program Advancement), Volunteer Referral Program and the Technology Initiative, and revamps the 1.866.NYC.FOOD number to help community food programs build capacity. *New Yorkers are now directed to call 311 for help locating assistance. Food Bank also offers our online Food Program Locator.

Food Bank releases Attitudes Towards Hunger in New York City: How New Yorkers View Hunger, a study to assess New Yorkers' attitudes toward hunger with the primary goal of determining if the need for emergency food assistance had increased in recent years and, if so, whether people knew how to locate a nearby emergency food program.


New Food Sourcing Division is established to facilitate food procurement and outreach.

Food Bank increases its focus on local food donors and cements a new partnership with the Fulton Fish Market.

In fiscal year 2003/04, the Food Bank's poundage distributed reaches 67 million pounds — a 10 percent increase over the past fiscal year.

Food Bank formalizes an emergency preparedness partnership with the American Red Cross in Greater New York in an effort to be prepared to respond to a wide range of disasters, from summer blackouts to winter storms to terrorist acts.


Food Bank holds NYC Hunger Summit 2005, the first-ever policy summit focused on hunger for the network of emergency and community food programs citywide, to launch the new Borough Hunger Task Force Initiative.

Food Bank releases the NYC Hunger View September 2005 study, revealing that a vast majority of New Yorkers believe that city government should address the hunger crisis that is worsening across the five boroughs.

Food Bank's annual public opinion poll, NYC Hunger Experience November 2005, is released, highlighting an eroding middle class and a looming crisis in elderly hunger.


Food Bank releases Hunger in America 2006: The New York City and State Report, Growing Up Hungry in New York City and Hunger: An Aging Issue reports and provides testimony to the New York City Council on the proposed trans fat ban, obesity and summer meals programs for city youth.

The Anti-Hunger Policy Platform for New York State and City 2007–2012, developed during a series of 2006 meetings held by a collective of city and state anti-hunger organizations, is released.

FoodChange, Inc. merges with Food Bank For New York City in July 2007. The transaction enables us to work more effectively to meet the needs of the approximately 1.3 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put food on the table, and to advance our mutual mission to end hunger.

Food Bank releases NYC Hunger Safety Net 2007 — part of the Hunger Safety Net series and the first scientific study that provides trend analysis on hunger throughout the five boroughs — and develops a new Food Poverty Maps interactive mapping and spatial analysis tool to view selected findings from the study overlaid on a New York City map.

Food Bank launches the new Open Market BackPack Program, a part of Feeding America's national BackPack Program. The Open Market BackPack Program was developed at the Food Bank to provide children from low-income families with bags to fill with fresh produce and healthy food items selected themselves at choice-style pantries.

Feeding America presents the Food Bank with our third, consecutive Mighty Apple Award for most fresh produce collected and distributed.

Food Bank marks its 25th Anniversary working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs.

Food Bank becomes the first organization to receive a second Hero Award from Robin Hood.


Longtime Food Bank CEO Dr. Lucy Cabrera steps down after 23 years with the organization, having expanded Food Bank's services beyond food to capacity building and financial empowerment.


Hurricane Sandy hits NYC, and Food Bank steps up to deliver food and open lines of transport to the hardest-hit communities.

Food Bank issues first research report on the post-recession NYC emergency food network, Serving Under Stress.


Food Bank issues major research report Hunger's New Normal, detailing the Great Recession's continuing impact on NYC emergency food providers.


Food Bank predicts that cuts to SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) will have severe human and financial costs, pushing us over a Hunger Cliff.  Media take up the name and a national movement to stop the cuts takes off.


The Meal Gap, Food Bank's strategic approach to targeting the communities and neighborhoods hardest hit by hunger, is adopted as New York City's official measure for food insecurity.

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