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Press Clippings 2004


Browse highlights from the Food Bank's 2004 media coverage. For more information, including copies of available articles, please contact Carol Schneider, Media Relations Manager. 

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"Hunting for Turkey in Break Lines of Today"
The New York Times, November 28, 2004
Anemona Hartocollis's column focuses on the New York City population at–risk of hunger through the Full Gospel Tabernacle of Faith's food pantry. One of more than 600 food pantries in the city supplied by the Food Bank For New York City, the Full Gospel Tabernacle provides food for Thanksgiving to the needy in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The prized food product sought on this day is the Tabernacle's 60 turkeys, down from 100 last year due to declining donations. Although the turkeys are reserved for families with two or more children, there are still not enough.

"Public Lives: Managing the Fight Against Hunger"
The New York Times, November 25, 2004
This column by Lynda Richardson recounts Dr. Lucy Cabrera's journey from her upbringing in a Lower East Side housing development to becoming the President and CEO of the Food Bank For New York City, the largest food bank in the country. While working as a secretary in a Puerto Rican canned-food plant Cabrera pushed for extra responsibilities and later left to obtain a B.A. in business administration. Dr. Cabera then moved up in corporate food services and nonprofit management, received a doctorate in social policy and administration from Columbia University and eventually assumed her current position at the Food Bank in 1988. Cabera has since expanded the Food Bank into an operation with a research, government relations, and external relations department that now gives away 70 million pounds of food a year.

"500 Turkeys Distributed in Annual Giveaway"
Staten Island Advance, November 23, 2004
The Korean–American Association and Staten Island Borough Hall distributed 500 turkeys during the 15th annual Staten Island Turkey and Food Donation Giveaway. With donations from Island residents and organizations including the Food Bank For New York City, Pathmark, and Western Beef, 37 local organizations picked up turkeys to give to needy families in their communities. "Staten Islanders always come through for their citizens and that is evident here today," Meagan Devereaux, chief of staff for Borough President James Molinaro, noted on Molinaro's behalf.

"Bronx War on Hunger"
Daily News, November 23, 2004
The results of the Food Bank For New York City's NYC Hunger View 2004 were announced at the Food Bank's Thanksgiving for Five turkey giveaway at Part of the Solution, an emergency food center in the Bronx where Borough President Adolfo Carrión also unveiled a new directory of Bronx social service programs, including shelters, senior centers and after-school programs. Praising the new directory, Food Bank Vice President of Policy, Government Relations and Research Áine Duggan noted that "the vast majority of our participants go to food pantries within 10 blocks of where they live." NYC Hunger View 2004 found that 45 percent of the Bronx's population at–risk of going hungry do not use emergency food programs or receive food stamps. "We have close to half–a–million residents who could go to bed hungry tonight," said Carrión. "Part of the effort in combating the hunger problem in the borough is getting people to the food programs."

"67 Million Pounds of Food Helps Feed the Five Boroughs"
Newsday, November 21, 2004
Food Bank For New York City is highlighted by Newsday as a Community Champions Organization. Focusing on a group that reaches out to assist fellow New Yorkers in every Sunday edition, Newsday provides an overview of the Food Bank's operations, mission, and accomplishments. Programs including the Education Institute, which provides member agencies with information, professional development seminars, and nutrition and food safety workshops; Attracting Talent to Mission, the Food Bank's Volunteer Referral Program; and produce, fish and meat donation programs are all emphasized as well as business partnerships and public education campaigns.

"Staying Hungry"
amNew York, November 19–21, 2004
As thousands line up for free food in New York City, evidence shows that the problem is only getting worse. The percentage of New Yorkers who had trouble putting food on the table increased from 25 to 31 percent this year while 52 percent of city residents would not be able to feed their families after six months of becoming unemployed. As a result of the burgeoning situation, the Food Bank For New York City is providing 50 percent more food than just five years ago. Representative Anthony Weiner comments that about 300,000 more emergency meals were served to New Yorkers than last year.

"More New Yorkers at Risk for Hunger, Survey Finds"
NY1 News, November 18, 2004
Reviews key findings of NYC Hunger View 2004, including that 31 percent of city residents are "at risk for hunger" – up from 25 percent a year ago – and that 51 percent of families with food found it somewhat or very difficult to afford the food they needed – from 32 percent last year. "We know that poverty is the root cause of hunger, and that increasing poverty means that more families are turning to emergency food programs for assistance," said Food Bank Vice President of Policy, Government Relations and Research Áine Duggan.

"Food Bank Feeds the Hungry"
The Queens Courier, November 17-23, 2004
Elizabeth Weill–Greenburg's piece discusses the challenges confronting Dr. Lucy Cabera, President and CEO of the Food Bank For New York City, and the Food Bank in their struggle to end hunger in New York City. Financial development, food program oversight, advocacy and public education are all noted in a comprehensive dichotomy of the Food Bank's role in the hunger relief movement.


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