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Media Advisory: Congress Member Joseph Crowley & Food Bank For New York City Prez & CEO Margarette Purvis Distribute Pantry Bags at Jackson Heights Food Pantry to Help Residents in Need

                     Emergency Food Providers Urge Congress Not to Cut Federal Food Assistance Programs as 3 Million New Yorkers Struggle to Put Food on the Table

Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) will be joined by Food Bank For New York City President & CEO Margarette Purvis to distribute pantry bags for Jackson Heights residents in need, and reinforce the need to protect funding for federal nutrition programs, at the Jackson Heights SDA Community Services Food Pantry, on Wednesday, November 9th, 4p.m., located at 72-75 Woodside Avenue, Woodside, Queens.   

Emergency food organizations struggling to meet the need of vulnerable New Yorkers citywide are entering the holiday season with funding for food stamps and emergency food under threat. The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (the super-committee) must deliver a plan to Congress by Thanksgiving to reduce the federal deficit by $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years. Rep. Crowley recently signed a letter urging the super-committee not to cut federal nutrition programs.  

What:      Congressman Crowley and Margarette Purvis/President and CEO, Food Bank For New York City, to distribute pantry bags to help support residents in need.   

Who:      Congressman Joe Crowley
              Margarette Purvis, President & CEO, Food Bank For New York City
              Pastor Paul Korac, Jackson Heights SDA Church Food Pantry  

When:     Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 4:00 pm

Where:     72-25 Woodside Avenue, Woodside, NY  11377  

About the Food Bank For New York City
Food Bank For New York City recognizes 28 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  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. 94% of donations go directly toward food distribution, acquisition and programs in all five boroughs of New York City.  Learn how you can help at

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