TEN (Tiered Engagement Network)
Food Bank For New York City has a robust network that includes more than 850
member programs. Each one has different capacities and all have the potential
to work together to meet the needs of their community, given the right
TEN links member programs—each playing different roles in
providing services—to refer clients to each other and together
provide a full range of needed benefits, from emergency food to SNAP
benefits (food stamps) to income tax
assistance and more. Because clients have an established and trusted
relationship with their local emergency
food provider, odds are they’ll be receptive to the outreach and follow
with the referral.
All sites, regardless
of their role, receive training, materials and technical assistance from the
Food Bank; member agencies that refer their clients using the TEN Tracker
receive food grants to help them meet increased demand. Based on the role
they play, programs receive grants to pay for computers and related technology,
staff, and other operational support. We also work with each neighborhood
network to incorporate involvement from other community institutions, such as
schools and hospitals.
How TEN Works
the last year, TEN has expanded from 88 participating organizations to 156, and
through this award-winning program the Food Bank has submitted benefits applications for
4,000 households—a number that’s expected to triple by the end of next year. Collectively,
TEN sites feed approximately 500,000 people per year.
Interested in Joining TEN?
your agency refer clients for SNAP, health insurance, or other benefits?
Do other agencies refer their clients to you? It can be hard to find out
what happens to clients after they are referred for benefits or other services
- but not anymore. TEN links agencies in the same neighborhood to one
another with the TEN Tracker, an easy-to-use database that tracks referral
outcomes. TEN also connects agencies with local partners who help clients
access benefits in their own communities, without ever having to go into
government offices. Email Patrick Curtin
to find out how your agency can get involved!