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New York, NY, March 8, 2002 — As the city continues to recover from the worst job loss in a decade and the number of New Yorkers relying on food assistance to avoid going hungry continues to rise, people who want to direct their financial donations to needy New Yorkers can magnify their contributions through a special fundraising initiative. Food For Survival, New York City's only food bank, is taking part in a national challenge from the Alan Shawn Feinstein Foundation, which is offering anti-hunger organizations the opportunity to share in a $1 million grant to fight hunger.

While the Feinstein Foundation, based in Rhode Island, has issued this grant challenge for the last five years, the initiative takes on added importance this year as more than 1.5 million people, including 500,000 children, depend on soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters throughout New York City. Between March 1 and April 30, 2002, the more money raised through financial contributions to Food For Survival, the higher the percentage of the $1 million will go to helping alleviate hunger in New York City.

"Given the decline in the economy and the surge in unemployment, we are seeing a huge number of 'first-time users' turning to food relief programs to put food on the table for their families," says Dr. Lucy Cabrera, president and CEO at Food For Survival. "The Feinstein Foundation offer will help the public's donations go much further toward helping New York's needy families and individuals during these difficult times."

Food For Survival, Inc., a member of America's Second Harvest and the only food bank in New York City, was founded in 1983 to coordinate the procurement and distribution of food donations from manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and government agencies to organizations providing free food to the hungry. Today, Food For Survival, Inc. is the largest food bank and the largest distributor of free fresh produce in the country, providing the food for over 76 million meals served to needy New Yorkers each year. Food For Survival, Inc. provides over 51 million pounds of food annually to more than 1,200 nonprofit community food programs — including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, low-income day care centers, Kids Cafes, and senior, youth and rehabilitative centers - throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

Food Bank For New York City, Food For Survival, was founded in 1983 to coordinate the procurement and distribution of food donations from manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and government agencies to organizations providing free food to the hungry. A member of America's Second Harvest, the Food Bank is now the largest food bank and one of the largest distributors of free fresh produce in the country. The Food Bank provides the food for over 200,000 meals served each day by more than 1,000 nonprofit community food programs.


Contact:
Lisa Jakobsberg
212-566-7855

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