President and CEO of the Food Bank For New York City to Receive CUNY President's Medal
New York, NY (June 3, 2005) — Dr. Lucy Cabrera, President and CEO of the Food Bank For New York City was awarded the prestigious President's Medal on June 3, 2005 during the One Hundred Fifty-Ninth Commencement of the City College of New York.
The City College President's Medal is awarded for distinguished public service. Past recipients include Joseph H. Flom, Ms. Coretta Scott King, Colin Powell, Nobel Laureate Leon M. Lederman, astronaut Mario Runco, Bill Cosby, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Congressman Charles B. Rangel and Jack Rudin. The 2002 medal was awarded to the men and women of New York City's uniformed services for their heroic service on and after Sept. 11, 2001. "We are pleased to honor Dr. Cabrera's great public service to the people of New York City by presenting her with the President's Medal," said Dr. Gregory H. Williams, President of The City College of New York. "Not only has she done an outstanding job of keeping thousands of New Yorkers from going hungry, but she has been a true leader in addressing and raising awareness of hunger issues at the local, state and federal levels. She is truly a role model for our graduating seniors."
Dr. Cabrera has been the President and CEO of the Food Bank For New York City since 1998. Under Dr. Cabrera's direction, the Food Bank has distributed more than 609 million pounds of food to New Yorkers in need. Dr. Cabrera has also expanded the mission of the Food Bank to include ongoing support to food programs through its Education Institute, Technology Initiative, Volunteer Referral Program, Annual Agency Conference and other programs that build capacity and improve efficiency. Under Dr. Cabrera's leadership the Food Bank has become a resource center for member food programs, legislators, the media and the public. The Food Bank also regularly conducts research about hunger in New York City and plays an active role in public policy issues at the city, state and national levels; all geared towards helping the more than 2 million people at risk of hunger throughout the five boroughs.
Dr. Cabrera's humanitarian efforts are far reaching, as she continues to play a prominent role in other nonprofit organizations. Dr. Cabrera currently serves as Chair of the New York State Food Bank Association, Vice Chair on the Board of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC), Vice Chair on the Board of Citizen's Union, on the boards of Northside Center for Child Development, Rutgers University's Food Policy Institute, the Latino Commission on AIDS, the Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aging (Bronx campus) and on the Food Bank Service Planning Committee of America's Second Harvest. Dr. Cabrera has also served as an adjunct/assistant professor at Hunter College's Graduate Program in the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning.
Dr. Cabrera has received a number of notable awards including a Latina Excellence Award from Hispanic magazine, a commendation award from the Comptroller of New York City, and Baruch College's 2004 Women of Color in the Nonprofit Community Award.
Dr. Cabrera received a Ph.D. from Columbia University, where she majored in social policy and administration, a Master of Science degree in Management from New York's Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and a Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration degree from Inter-American University of Puerto Rico. She is also a Certified Association Executive. Dr. Cabrera was born in Harlem and raised on the Lower East Side as one of five daughters.