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Get Cookin' to Help the One in Four New Yorkers at Risk of Hunger

New York, NY (July 5, 2005) — NYC's major hunger-relief organizations City Harvest and the Food Bank For New York City kicked off the "One Big Table Potluck" program today in an effort to help stem the tide of hunger. "One Big Table Potluck" is a national movement designed by America's Second Harvest, The Nation's Food Bank Network, to find the best amateur cooks around the country while raising awareness and funds for hungry Americans.

In New York City, Potlucks will benefit the more than 2 million New Yorkers who are at risk of hunger today. From family reunion picnics and summertime get-togethers to book club dinners and poker night gatherings, there are plenty of opportunities for all New Yorkers to show their support for hunger relief. The goal is to conduct Potlucks in each borough across the city between July 5th and September 15th, 2005. Favorite Potluck recipes will be entered into a national competition to win gifts from Sur La Table and Viking Range Company as well as a chance to be featured in an upcoming cookbook by former New York Times food columnist Molly O'Neill.

It is estimated that of the 2 million New Yorkers at risk of hunger in New York City, more than half of them are turning to emergency food assistance programs. Many of the people on line at NYC's soup kitchens and food pantries are single mothers with children, the elderly, the disabled and the working poor.

For more information about how to join a "One Big Table Potluck," including how to sign up as a Potluck host, visit

Jennifer Roche
(212) 981-5153

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