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Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr. Visits Hunts Point-Based Food Bank For New York City

Bronx, NY (July 1, 2003) — Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión, Jr. toured the nonprofit Food Bank For New York City's warehouse in the Hunt's Point Cooperative Market today with Food Bank President and CEO, Dr. Lucy Cabrera. Carrión praised the Food Bank's twenty-year history at the market, including the creation of more than 80 well-paying jobs that range from warehouse operators to community nutritionists.

"It is organizations like the Food Bank, who have served as anchor employers in Hunt's Point, that have helped make possible the new 450,000 square-foot Fulton Fish Market project and the 200,000 square feet of retail space at 225th Street," said Carrión. "In addition to providing food to nearly 300 community food programs in the Bronx alone, they are helping to create jobs— the very thing that empowers individuals to move off of food pantry and soup kitchen lines and towards self-sufficiency."

In 2003, the Food Bank recognizes 20 years of working to end hunger. To date, the Food Bank has distributed more than 450 million pounds of food to soup kitchens, food pantries and other emergency food programs in the five boroughs; an estimated 327 million meals for New York City's neediest.

"These are very uncertain times for everyone, particularly those who can't afford food for themselves and their families," said Dr. Cabrera. "With the continued support of elected officials like Borough President Carrión - who are committed to economic development and education — we are making inroads in fortifying the infrastructure of our community."

Today an estimated one in five people in New York City turns to emergency food assistance to avoid going hungry. More than half of them are children and the elderly. Meanwhile, many of the Food Bank's 1,000 programs, including soup kitchens and food pantries, are experiencing a steady rise in demand for food assistance that surpasses levels seen immediately after 9/11. The Food Bank's research also shows that more and more working poor families are looking to emergency food assistance to make ends meet. Many of these families are forced to choose between paying rent and utilities and buying food for their families.

Food Bank For New York City, formerly Food For Survival, works to end hunger in New York City by organizing food, information and support for community survival and dignity. As the city's largest hunger relief organization, the Food Bank collects, warehouses and distributes food throughout the city's five boroughs. Last year the Food Bank distributed 61 million pounds of food to more than 1,000 nonprofit community food programs — including food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and shelters. The Food Bank also offers ongoing support to food programs through its Education Institute for Community Program Advancement, Annual Agency Conference and other programs that build capacity and improve efficiency. As a resource center for member food programs, legislators, the media and the public, the Food Bank regularly conducts research about hunger in New York City and plays an active role in public policy issues at the city, state and national levels.


Anna Shenk

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