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Media Advisory: Food Bank For New York City Partners with Bideawee to Launch Pilot Program to Feed Needy NY Pets

In an effort to keep families together (humans with their furry friends) during these tough economic times, the Food Bank For New York City, in partnership with Bideawee, will outline plans for the launch of a pilot program to feed needy New York pets at a press briefing on Wednesday, July 8 at 10:30 a.m., at the Food Bank’s Community Kitchen of West Harlem, 252 West 116th Street, Manhattan. In its initial phase, Bideawee will donate 6,000 lbs. of dog food which will be distributed by the Food Bank For New York City to approximately a dozen food assistance organizations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens with hopes for expanding the program — to include cat food and additional locations — later this summer. 

Available for comment at the press briefing:
Dr. Lucy Cabrera, President and CEO, Food Bank For New York City
Nancy Taylor, President & CEO, Bideawee, Inc.  
Food Bank clients with (their less vocal) ‘furry’ family members

WHAT:  Launch of pilot pet food distribution program
WHEN: Wednesday, July 8, 2009 @ 10:30 a.m.
WHERE:  Food Bank For New York City’s Community Kitchen of West Harlem
              252 West 116 Street, Harlem

About the Food Bank For New York City: Food Bank For New York City is the major-hunger relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs.  Through its citywide network of approximately 1,000 food assistance organizations, the Food Bank helps provides 300,000 free meals a day to New Yorkers in need.  In addition, the Food Bank continues to mobilize its efforts through direct services, benefits access and nutrition education. Every dollar donated to the Food Bank helps to provide five meals to New Yorkers in need.

About Bideawee: Founded in 1903 by Mrs. Flora D'Auby Jenkins Kibbe, Bideawee, which means "stay awhile" in Scottish, is one of the oldest and largest humane organizations in the United States. You can visit Bideawee at one of our three sites; Wantagh and Westhampton on Long Island or in Manhattan. With adoption centers in Manhattan and Westhampton, Bideawee is home to approximately 150- 200 animals at any time and places thousands of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens in loving homes every year.  The organization also operates two full-service veterinary practices in Manhattan and Westhampton and is home to two of the oldest and largest Pet Memorial Parks in the country located in Wantagh and Westhampton, NY.

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