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Press Clippings 2001-03

Browse highlights from the Food Bank's media coverage, 2001–03, below.

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"Inching Closer to Bread Line"
Daily News, September 2, 2003
The Daily News was the first of more than thirty local media outlets to report the findings of the Food Bank's new Hunger Poll, which reveals that 69 percent of New Yorkers would be unable to afford food within a year of becoming unemployed. The article also explores the poll's finding that the Bronx is the borough hardest hit by unemployment, underemployment and the sluggish post-9/11 economy, with 37 percent of the respondents saying they could not buy food or had trouble buying food at least once in the past year. Latinos are the most likely to face hunger in the future, with 85 percent of those polled saying that they would need help with a year of losing work.

"Program Battles Hunger"
Newsday, July 7, 2003
For the estimated 30 percent of New York City children who live in poverty, summer recess means the end of access to free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches, and a summer of not knowing where their next meal will come from. Bethel AME Church, in Arverne Queens, is just one of the Food Bank For New York City's member agencies that sees the number of children it serves through its food programs double during the summer.

"Success is Bittersweet at Food Banks"
The New York Times, May 29, 2003
Joyce Purnick's Metro Matters column examines the Food Bank For New York City's twenty year history of efficiently providing the food that soup kitchens and food pantries use to feed the hungry. She explores the idea that what began as an emergency system has become an unofficial income supplement, compensating for welfare cuts and adverse economic factors. The column also examines the relationship of food banks across the country to the government and agribusiness.

"The City's Hungry Can't Afford Cuts"
Daily News, April 17, 2003
This column by Albor Ruiz calls on the mayor to spare cuts to the city's Emergency Food Assistance Program in his efforts to close the budget gap. If the emergency program's $7.7 million yearly budget was eliminated, 627 soup kitchens and food pantries in the city - most of which are nonprofit, faith-based agencies - could no longer provide more than 8 million meals to the poor. "At a time when the city is experiencing record-high unemployment, with further job cuts on the horizon, emergency food programs are needed more than ever," said Lucy Cabrera, president and CEO of the Food Bank For New York City. "With the loss of city funding, it's possible that some of our programs will have nothing o give to the hungry people who are standing on line for help."

"Donated Food Enables Thousands to Celebrate Passover"
The Associated Press, April 11, 2003
One million pounds of kosher food is being distributed to about 30,000 Jewish families in New York City who are turning to charity programs this year for their traditional Passover meal. The food is supplied by the Food Bank For New York City, a provider of food to more than 1,000 soup kitchens and food pantries year round. This year, the Food Bank is distributing 320,000 cases of matzoh, 450,000 pounds of produce such as potatoes, onions, grapefruit, oranges and bananas, 500 cases of tuna and 400 cases of gefilte fish.

"A Rise In Hunger Pains in an Unexpected Place"
The New York Times, December 22, 2002
Unsurprisingly, hunger in the city has raised with the terrorist attacks and the poor economy. According the Food Bank For New York City, demand at soup kitchens and food pantries rose after Sept. 11 and has remained robust, with 69 percent of the kitchens and 77 percent of the pantries citywide reporting significantly increased demands last spring. But fewer people may know that hunger, although at a lower level, is a growing problem even on relatively affluent Staten Island.

"Hungry Mouths Growing But Not the Donations"
The New York Times, November 18, 2002
After the Sept. 11 attacks, demand at soup kitchens and food pantries rose. The attacks prompted an outpouring of giving, which benefited many hunger-relief groups. But that trend has not continued. Donations, many charities say, are not keeping pace with demand, an imbalance that in some cases has led to rationing and turning people away. At the Food Bank, which distributed 20 percent more food in the year that ended in June than it did the year before, individual giving fell by about a third after the attacks and has not recovered.

"New Help for Hungry from Giant Food Bank"
Daily News, November 7, 2002
Today, at 9:30 a.m., the Hunts Point-based Food Bank for New York City, expects to announce a new and important initiative to help alleviate the unrelenting surge of hunger in the city.

"We have, at the very least, one in five people in New York City turning to emergency food programs just to get by. Over half of them are children and the elderly," said Lucy Cabrera, president and CEO of the Food Bank, the largest food bank in the country.

Appropriately, the new effort to combat this shame of the city will be announced at the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen in Chelsea, where hundreds of people in desperate need of help form long lines every day.

"Banks Join Effort to Aid Food Bank"
Crain's New York Business, November 4, 2002
The Food Bank of New York City is teaming up with a number of retail and investment banks to run a monthlong canned food drive. The campaign-called the NYC Bank-to-Bank Partnership-will be announced Thursday and marks the first time the city's banks have joined forces to fight hunger. There will be drop-off bins at more than 100 retail branches throughout the city, and banking employees are volunteering to package the food. The companies involved include Citigroup, FleetBoston Financial, J.P. Morgan Chase, Deutsche Bank and HVB Group.

"Without a Safety Net"
Mother Jones, May/June 2002
Feature story about the lack of government support to the poor in the wake of welfare reform and an economic downturn. The article looks at how poor Americans are trying to get by, including the Food Bank's finding that 2 million people in New York City-one in five-is turning to food assistance to survive.

"Hunger in the City Demands Action"
Daily News, March 14, 2002
In the wake of a citywide growing need, the Food Bank held a Call to Action in conjunction with other city anti-hunger groups to urge more support from legislators, business and individuals to help fight hunger.

Get the facts on contributors to hunger

"City's Needy Are Younger"
Daily News, December 20, 2001
In this Op-ed Lucy Cabrera, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Food Bank, discusses how September 11 and the subsequent economic downturn helped to change the face of hunger in the city to that of a child.

Get the facts about who is going hungry in New York City

"A Hunger Emergency in New York"
The New York Times, November 26, 2001
Using the results from the Hunger in America 2001 research report, released in conjunction by America's Second Harvest and the Food Bank (formerly Food For Survival) showing that 2 million New Yorkers - one in five - are going hungry, this editorial issued wake up call about the city's growing hunger crisis.

"Shift From Food Stamps to Private Aid Widens"
The New York Times, November 14, 2001
Article discusses how soup kitchens and food pantries and the food banks that support them have become America's new safety net in the wake of welfare reform and a decrease in food stamp usage. New York City results of an in-depth hunger study conducted by the Food Bank (formerly Food For Survival) in collaboration with America's Second Harvest are released.

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