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Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall, Daphne Oz to Light the Empire State Building Orange on Wednesday, September 4th for Food Bank For New York City and Hunger Awareness

2.6 million new yorkers are having difficulty affording food
Orange is the color of hunger awareness

(Actual Tower will Light Orange at Dusk)


WHO:             Mario Batali, chef/author/restaurateur, is joined by ABC's The Chew - Michael Symon, Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall and Daphne Oz, and Margarette Purvis, President & CEO, Food Bank For New York City

WHAT:          Mario Batali, Board Member, Food Bank For New York City, + Ambassadors for hunger-relief Michael Symon, Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall & Daphne Oz, will join Food Bank President & CEO Margarette Purvis at a symbolic lighting ceremony at the Empire State Building where they will 'flip the switch' to turn the iconic tower orange (the color of hunger awareness) in recognition of Food Bank For New York City and the 2.6 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put food on the table.  The lighting of the tower kicks off Go Orange, one of Food Bank’s largest initiatives to raise awareness and support for hunger-relief, and as part of National Hunger Action Month.   

WHEN:          Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Media Check in:  10:00 a.m.
Lighting Ceremony:
10:30 a.m.

WHERE:       Empire State Building
350 Fifth Avenue between 33rd & 34th Street


RSVP:           Carol Schneider/212-566-7855, ext. 2231/

Lindsey Cooke/212-704-8299/

About Food Bank For New York City

Food Bank For New York City recognizes 30 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, 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, Food Bank helps provide 400,000 free meals a day for New Yorkers in need. 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

About the Empire State Building

Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna), the Empire State Building is the “World’s Most Famous Office Building.” With new investments in energy efficiency, infrastructure, public areas and amenities, the Empire State Building has attracted first-rate tenants in a diverse array of industries from around the world. The skyscraper’s robust broadcasting technology supports all major television and FM radio stations in the New York metropolitan market. The Empire State Building was named America’s favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects. The Empire State Building Observatory is one of the world’s most beloved attractions and is the region’s #1 tourist destination. For more information on the Empire State Building, please visit,, @EmpireStateBldg, or

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