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New York State Food Banks and Food Rescue Organizations Host Event at State Capitol for National Hunger Awareness Day


Albany, New York (June 3, 2004) — New York State residents will join with communities across the nation as the America's Second Harvest network recognizes National Hunger Awareness Day on June 3rd.

At a press event on the east steps of the state capitol building, all ten New York State affiliates of America's Second Harvest will present elected officials, including Albany County Executive Michael Breslin, with an "Everyone has a Place at the Table" gingham tablecloth with messages from 500+ hungry New Yorkers as well as those who help fight hunger. The affiliates will also premier a statewide public service announcement produced by Time Warner Cable; announce the donation of 250,000 pounds of food from the food industry; and launch a new website, www.endhungerny.org, where New Yorkers can access their local food bank or food rescue organization.

"For 35 million Americans, including 3 million New Yorkers, having enough food to eat is a daily struggle," said New York State Senator Liz Kreuger. "Too many people find that their earnings don't meet the day-to-day costs of living; rent, day-care, utilities and medical costs far exceed the wages they bring home or the benefits they receive. For these millions of families, food insecurity is a way of life."

National Hunger Awareness Day is an opportunity for every New Yorker who cares about their hungry neighbors to make sure that everyone has a place at the table. By visiting www.endhungerny.org, individuals, corporations, community groups, and organizations can learn more about how to get involved at the local level, including making financial donations.

New York State affiliates of America's Second Harvest provide food for an estimated three million people annually. More than half of those served are children and the elderly. Forty percent of the households served include at least one working adult. Thirty-eight percent report having to chose between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage and 27 percent had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care.

Companies donating a total of 250,000 pounds of food in recognition of National Hunger Awareness Day in New York include Birds Eye Foods, Champlain Valley Apple Storage, Cremosa Foods, New York Farm Bureau, Freihofer's, Good Source, Keebler, Marcal, Polly-O Cheese, Price Chopper, Stella D'oro and Wegmans.

"I hope and pray that farmers across the state will be encouraged to donate and this will be just the start of getting more fresh fruit and vegetables in the diet of all New Yorkers," said New York State National Hunger Awareness Day sponsor David Sullivan, President of Champlain Valley Apple Storage. "I'm pleased to have the opportunity to speak on behalf of food industry donors at the event, and to be able to donate 40,000 pounds of apples not only in recognition of National Hunger Awareness Day, but the need that exists throughout the year."

As all ten affiliates of America's Second Harvest in New York State come together in Albany to raise awareness of hunger, the strength of America and the largest national hunger-relief network is behind the effort. Each event is just one place setting at a nationwide table that is being set by communities across America. From Seattle to Chicago to New York, these combined events are creating One Big Table and inspiring a nation to ensure every American has a place at the table.

National Hunger Awareness Day was first recognized in 2002, as a way to provide a platform for America's Second Harvest's 216 affiliated food banks and food-rescue organizations, and as many as 2000 local hunger-relief charities and agencies to publicize the work they do. More than 23 million Americans — including nine million children — depend on help each year from this national network of food banks and food rescue organizations, community and faith-based charities, and government agencies. To learn more visit www.hungerday.org.


Food Bank For New York City Contact:
Anna Shenk
212-566-7855

Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York Contact:
Tammy Quackenbush
518-786-3691

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