NYC's Conference on Hunger and Poverty
Location: The New York Marriott Marquis
W. 46th Street & Broadway
On January 22, more than 400 members of Food Bank’s network of emergency food programs braved the snow and cold to attend NYC’s Conference on Hunger and Poverty at the New York Marriott Marquis for a day of learning and networking. The main message of the day was the need for anti-hunger agencies to focus on reducing the huge meal gap facing New York City in the wake of increased need and reduced federal assistance. Even with the robust support of nonprofits across the city, New Yorkers are missing more than 100 million meals each year.
Closing that gap will require not just food, but capacity building, education and advocacy, and increased collaboration among agencies to find and implement the best solutions. Food Bank For New York City rolled out this new strategy to conference participants, who also enjoyed a day full of workshops. Sessions covered a wide range of topics, from fundraising, cultivating volunteers and SNAP outreach, to marketing, community partnerships and the innovative effectiveness of “kaizen.”
Highlights of the event included a luncheon featuring an inspiring keynote by Food Bank President and CEO Margarette Purvis, and award presentations to outstanding member agencies. A lively performance by Brooklyn-based band, Cumbiagra, closed out the day’s celebration—the perfect ending to an exciting, information-packed event that left New York City’s hunger-fighting community motivated to face for the challenges ahead.