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Empire State Building Illuminated Orange in Honor of Food Bank For New York City's 22nd Anniversary


New York, NY (March 24, 2005) - The Empire State Building will be illuminated in orange - the national color of hunger awareness - on April 4th, in recognition of the Food Bank For New York City's 22 years of working to end hunger. To date, the Food Bank has distributed more than 609 million pounds of food to soup kitchens, food pantries and other nonprofit community food programs within the five boroughs to feed those at risk of going hungry; the majority of whom are children, the elderly and the working poor.

Also on April 4th, the Food Bank will hold its 22nd Anniversary Gala "Can Do Awards" Dinner at Cipriani's 23nd Street. The evening will honor longtime Food Bank partners Altria Group, Inc., Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, and Actor Stanley Tucci. Actors Oliver Platt, Steve Buscemi, celebrity chef Mario Batali and others will be present.

Hunger is a devastating problem in New York City with more than two million residents at risk of going hungry. The Food Bank is the city's major supplier of food to over 1,200 community food programs throughout the five boroughs. In addition to providing food, the Food Bank offers agencies ongoing support, services and education; and regularly conducts nutrition and food safety education workshops. These serve to provide a variety of tools and publications to enable them to strengthen their programs. 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.


Contact:

Victoria Mondesire
212-566-7855

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