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New York Jets Bart Scott & Jason Taylor tackle hunger… Scott & Taylor to Serve Breakfast to Guests & Unload Turkeys and All the Fixings at the Food Bank For New York City’s Community Kitchen & Food Pantry of West Harlem
Food Bank Supporter —MetLife Foundation —to Present $75,000 Check to Food Bank
40% of New Yorkers Having Difficulty Affording Food…93% of Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens Experiencing an Increase in First-Time Visitors
New York, NY, November 16, 2010 — New York Jets linebackers, Bart Scott and Jason Taylor have teamed up with the Food Bank For New York City to tackle hunger this holiday season. Early this morning, they “touched down” at the Food Bank For New York City’s Community Kitchen & Food Pantry of West Harlem at 252 West 116th Street, Manhattan, to serve a pre-holiday breakfast to several hundred guests and unload 100+ turkeys and all the fixings off the Food Bank’s 54-ft. tractor trailer. The turkeys and fixings will be distributed to pantry guests and enjoyed by guests at the Community Kitchen during Thanksgiving week.
Turkey fever has been cooking at the Food Bank since June. Given the level of need that exists throughout New York City where 93 percent of soup kitchens and food pantries are seeing an increase in first-time users, the Food Bank starts early to source and order turkeys and chicken roasters so that all New Yorkers can enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday. This holiday season, 27,000 birds and all the traditional trimmings like stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes, onions, apples, carrots and more, will find their way into the homes of New Yorkers in need. Since 2003, there has been a 60 percent increase in the number of people reporting having difficulty affording food, or 3.3 million. And almost one out of every five New Yorkers would be unable to afford food immediately after losing their household income, magnifying the devastation of unemployment.
“We’re thankful to be in a position to give. Off the football field we try to do our part to support fans and New Yorkers that support us tirelessly no matter what their circumstances are,” said New York Jets linebackers, Bart Scott and Jason Taylor. “We’re happy that we can be here to help families in need and let them know that there are people who care about them.”
Joining the Jets today were Gwenn Carr, MetLife EVP & Chairman of the Board, MetLife Foundation
and Dennis White, President and CEO of MetLife Foundation, who presented a check in the amount of $75,000 to Food Bank For New York City President and CEO, Dr. Lucy Cabrera.
“Food Bank For New York City and their partners play a critical role in meeting the needs of communities’ most vulnerable residents – children, older adults, and the economically disadvantaged” said Gwenn Carr, MetLife EVP & Chairman of the Board, MetLife Foundation .“We are pleased to support the Food Bank, which is making a significant contribution to community health and well-being.”
“We thank Bart Scott and Jason Taylor for their friendship and for helping to bring much needed visibility to the pervasive issue of hunger in New York City, especially in these troubled times. And we are enormously grateful to our long-time partner MetLife Foundation for their generous and ongoing support,” said Lucy Cabrera, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Food Bank For New York City. “With 40 percent of New Yorkers having difficulty affording food for themselves and their families, this has been a very challenging year. And the holidays can be especially daunting. While we are deeply concerned about what we see on the horizon, with partners like Bart Scott, Jason Taylor, and MetLife Foundation, we know we will be here to help.”
This month, the Food Bank launched a new broadcast, print and outdoor campaign that introduces the new faces of hunger, a representation of those New Yorkers who are suddenly forced to rely on food pantries and soup kitchens for the first time in their lives.
The message is simple: Don’t Make Me Beg. For more than a million New Yorkers, hunger has become a reality. They can’t afford food for both themselves and their children. They are being forced to choose between paying rent and buying groceries. In fact, one in five New York City residents will rely on the Food Bank’s programs and services this holiday season. As the city’s major provider of food and resources for low-income New Yorkers, the Food Bank is asking all New Yorkers to help us help them by participating in the Food Bank’s first-ever ‘Text-to-Donate” campaign. The Food Bank does more than serve meals. We serve the people who need them. The NY Jets are supporting the campaign on Twitter, on Facebook, on their website, and on game day on Thanksgiving Day at Meadowlands Stadium.
About the Food Bank For New York City
Food Bank For New York City recognizes 27 years as the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs. As the city’s hub for integrated food poverty assistance, the Food Bank tackles the hunger issue on three fronts — food distribution, income support and nutrition education — all strategically guided by its research. Through its network of approximately 1,000 community-based member programs citywide, the Food Bank helps provide 400,000 free meals a day for New Yorkers in need. The Food Bank’s hands-on nutrition education program in the public schools reaches thousands of children, teens and adults. Income support services including food stamps, free tax assistance for the working poor and the Earned Income Tax Credit put millions of dollars back in the pockets of low-income New Yorkers, helping them to achieve greater dignity and independence. Learn how you can help at foodbanknyc.org.