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Food Bank Helps City Council Kick Off NYC Food Drive

Food Bank For New York City CEO Margarette Purvis joined City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Members James Vacca, Stephen Levin and Julissa Ferreras, and Assembly Member Mark Gjonaj at Food Bank member the Jewish Community Council of Pelham Parkway in the Bronx to announce the launch of a weeklong City Council emergency food drive that will help stock food pantries and soup kitchens in all five boroughs with nutritious food. The Council has also allocated over $1 million to help shore up emergency food providers citywide. The food drive comes at a critical time of year for New Yorkers in need, pointed out Food Bank CEO Margarette Purvis: “Less food supplies and more demand mean that summer months can be the leanest for Food Bank’s network of food pantries and soup kitchens. The City Council’s food drive will help more families send their children back to school well-fed and nourished.” More than 30 Council Members across the city will organize food drives in their districts from August 25 to August 29, with the donations going to local food pantries in every borough. Learn more here.

Lessons From Missouri: Driving Our Mission Nationally While Experiencing Ferguson Firsthand
While attending Feeding America’s 2014 Food Sourcing and Operations Conference in St. Louis recently, Food Bank For New York City Chief Operating Officer Lisa Hines-Johnson decided to also spend some time in nearby Ferguson, Missouri. In this Q&A, she shares professional insights gained at the conference, the personal ones she took away from Ferguson, and explains how both will impact her work at Food Bank For New York City. Read the Q&A here.

Pro Bono Pays Off

Food Bank For New York City partner Andy Pray, founder of Praytell Strategy, a Brooklyn-based PR and social media agency, shares his entrepreneurial story in Fast Company this month, and credits Food Bank with the successful launch of his firm. Food Bank became Pray’s first client in 2013 when he offered his services free of charge. Since then, he has gone on to do a variety of pro bono work for us, and is now looking to give back even more with the creation of Passion Project. This initiative will grant up to $120,000 a year of Praytell services to other nonprofits across the country. We’re proud to count Andy Pray among our supporters and congratulate him on his Fast Company profile.

You can help, too, by donating, volunteering, or becoming a Food Bank partner. Check out the article here.

Extending our Influence
Food Bank For New York City’s President and CEO, Margarette Purvis, joins the ranks of our country’s Top 50 Most Influential Executives in the nonprofit sector, according to The NonProfit Times. Margarette will join the other honorees at the official award ceremony in Washington DC in September. Each industry innovator is being honored for pushing society for equal access and opportunity in their respective fields. From building the capacity of the emergency food infrastructure to partnering with non-traditional partners, Purvis (one of only two local charity executives on the list) was selected for her innovative and strategic leadership in pushing Food Bank For New York City to a higher level of recognition as a leader in the fight to serve Americans in need. Read more...

Food Bank's Dominique Jones Talks Summer Meals with Fox TV
Chief Programs Officer Dominique Jones took a moment to spread the word about Food Bank For New York City's summer meals initiatives on Fox 5 NY's Good Day Street Talk. Families who rely on school meals for breakfast and lunch find their budgets stretched when summer comes around. We're helping to meet that need by connecting kids with free breakfast and lunch around the city.

Change One Thing this Summer!
This summer, Food Bank will be kicking off the EATWISE Change One Thing social marketing campaign – July 7th through September 5th – promoting practical, healthy choices NYC teens can make every day without breaking their budget or disrupting their social lives. We're getting the word out through radio, digital and media ads, as well as a transformed ice cream truck featuring an interactive video game as well as healthy snacks, water and prizes. EATWISE Teens will be taking over NYC spreading the message – Don’t Change Your Life, #ChangeOneThing! The new and revised website,, features healthy tips for teens to keep up with!

Moving Forward: Food Bank Releases 2013 Annual Report
“Moving Forward,” our 2013 annual report, is here! The report focuses on the pivotal lessons of Fiscal Year 2013 that have informed our work for the future—enabling us to more effectively help New Yorkers in need through new approaches and deeper innovation. Read the report.

Did you know...

... approximately 40 percent of New York City's veterans rely on food pantries and soup kitchens?

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Blog: Harlem Walks to the Farmers Market
It's growing season again, which means that carts full of fruits and vegetables are on every other corner and farmers markets are filled with city folks looking to buy local. As Associate Director of Community Nutrition, I work on nutrition programming for Food Bank's network, but also provide nutrition education to the Harlem residents at our Community Kitchen and Food Pantry. One of my favorite activities is going on farmers market walks with our clients. We gather at the Community Kitchen at 116th Street and walk to 125th Street. During that time we chat about life and I get the chance to stay connected with the community in which I live and serve. Read more...

Kellie Pickler Helps Food Bank Fight Hunger

Country Music star Kellie Pickler joined Food Bank For New York City Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Silvia Davi at the Meow Mix mobile sound booth in Columbus Circle to raise awareness about hunger in NYC. Meow Mix engaged Food Bank For New York City with a creative campaign benefitting our organization. New Yorkers and cat lovers participated in an interactive contest with Kellie to record their own version of the Meow Mix jingle. For every song recorded, Meow Mix is donating 100 meals to Food Bank For New York City.

Blog: Just Say Yes to Healthy Eating
Earlier this month, Food Bank brought its Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables (JSY) 11-month cooking demonstration series to BOOM!Health's Harm Reduction Center. I am always a tad nervous about how new offerings will be received by our clients. JSY nutritionist Stephanie Alvarado set up in the café across from our kitchen. Within minutes, Stephanie had a room full of clients asking her questions and actively engaged in the subject at hand. On that hot summer day, the demo was about healthy beverages and the crowd absolutely loved it! Read more...

Sunny Anderson Shares Recipes at our Kitchen
Food Network star Sunny Anderson shared her delicious and nutritious recipes with a group of 40 seniors at Food Bank’s Neighborhood Center, a program offered at our Community Kitchen and Food Pantry in West Harlem. Sunny’s easy grilled chicken with apple-orange sauce, roasted sweet potato mash, and kale and coconut milk were all on the menu for the seniors to enjoy. During the fun-filled demonstration, Sunny shared memories about food and family with the group. Sunny is a proud new member of Food Bank’s Culinary Council and is doing her part to fight hunger in New York City!

Chris Canty Tackles Healthy Snacks

Chris Canty teamed up with Food Bank For New York City to encourage healthy eating and exercise habits in Bronx teens. The Baltimore Ravens defensive end – and Bronx native – was in Mullaly Park with Food Bank's Change One Thing truck, which is traveling throughout the city this summer to bring neighborhoods healthy snacks and advice for leading a healthier lifestyle.

Canty made popcorn trail mix with cinnamon, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, unsalted almonds, dried cranberries, and dried apricots. "We really want to change the culture surrounding the eating habits for our young people," he said.

Food Bank's Change One Thing truck encourages teenagers to make smarter choices about their eating habits, such as drinking water instead of soda. Small adjustments like this can have a big impact on wellness, according to Food Bank's Chief Programs Officer Dominique Jones. "You can change one thing, and it will change the trajectory of your health," she said.