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Chris Canty Tackles Healthy Snacks

Chris Canty teamed up with Food Bank For New York City to encourage healthy eating and exercise habits in Bronx teens. The Baltimore Ravens defensive end – and Bronx native – was in Mullaly Park with Food Bank's Change One Thing truck, which is traveling throughout the city this summer to bring neighborhoods healthy snacks and advice for leading a healthier lifestyle.

Canty made popcorn trail mix with cinnamon, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, unsalted almonds, dried cranberries, and dried apricots. "We really want to change the culture surrounding the eating habits for our young people," he said.

Food Bank's Change One Thing truck encourages teenagers to make smarter choices about their eating habits, such as drinking water instead of soda. Small adjustments like this can have a big impact on wellness, according to Food Bank's Chief Programs Officer Dominique Jones. "You can change one thing, and it will change the trajectory of your health," she said.

Change One Thing this Summer!
This summer, Food Bank will be kicking off the EATWISE Change One Thing social marketing campaign – July 7th through September 5th – promoting practical, healthy choices NYC teens can make every day without breaking their budget or disrupting their social lives. We're getting the word out through radio, digital and media ads, as well as a transformed ice cream truck featuring an interactive video game as well as healthy snacks, water and prizes. EATWISE Teens will be taking over NYC spreading the message – Don’t Change Your Life, #ChangeOneThing! The new and revised website,, features healthy tips for teens to keep up with!

Moving Forward: Food Bank Releases 2013 Annual Report
“Moving Forward,” our 2013 annual report, is here! The report focuses on the pivotal lessons of Fiscal Year 2013 that have informed our work for the future—enabling us to more effectively help New Yorkers in need through new approaches and deeper innovation. Read the report.

Governor Cuomo Proclaims July Summer Meals Month

Governor Andrew Cuomo reminded parents that, while the school year is drawing to a close, those who rely on free and reduced-price school meals can still get free, nutritious meals at hundreds of Summer Meals sites. In New York City, the program starts June 27.

"Only one in three families who rely on a food pantry or soup kitchen in New York City participate in the summer meal program – many simply do not know that free and nutritious meals are available for their children when school is out," Margarette Purvis, President & CEO of Food Bank For New York City and the Chair of Governor Cuomo’s Anti-Hunger Task Force. "Hunger doesn't take a summer vacation and thanks to the leadership of Governor Cuomo, neither will our efforts to provide New Yorkers the resources and information they need to feed themselves and their loved ones."

Mayor and City Council Agree on Universal School Lunch for NYC Middle Schoolers

Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced a deal on the first budget of their respective terms, with the mayor giving the Council a partial win on its request for universal free school lunch. Food Bank President and CEO Margarette Purvis responded in a statement.

"Food Bank For New York City applauds Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito for providing vital funding for universal free school lunch. This will make significant strides towards ending child hunger in New York City, and eradicating the stigma around free meals for low-income students. We look forward to working with the Administration and the City Council to implement and hopefully expand this program, and to increase funding for emergency food for New Yorkers of all ages," Purvis said.

Mark-Viverito explained: "Everything is about a negotiation. We started at this point and we believe that between the administration and the (schools) chancellor there is a true commitment in getting to 100 percent of our children and we will ramp up to that slowly."

Blog: Just Say Yes to Healthy Eating
Earlier this month, Food Bank brought its Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables (JSY) 11-month cooking demonstration series to BOOM!Health's Harm Reduction Center. I am always a tad nervous about how new offerings will be received by our clients. JSY nutritionist Stephanie Alvarado set up in the café across from our kitchen. Within minutes, Stephanie had a room full of clients asking her questions and actively engaged in the subject at hand. On that hot summer day, the demo was about healthy beverages and the crowd absolutely loved it! Read more...

Rolling the Activity Dice For Good Health at the Community Kitchen and Food Pantry
Every week, the seniors at the Community Kitchen and Food Pantry in West Harlem have a nutrition education session with our registered dietitian, Shanon Morris. Combining healthy eating habits with regular physical activity is a great way for our seniors to keep their health in check, as many of them struggle with high blood pressure or diabetes.  These new activity dice are a fun way to encourage physical activity and engage folks in making healthy changes!

Sunny Anderson Shares Recipes at our Kitchen
Food Network star Sunny Anderson shared her delicious and nutritious recipes with a group of 40 seniors at Food Bank’s Neighborhood Center, a program offered at our Community Kitchen and Food Pantry in West Harlem. Sunny’s easy grilled chicken with apple-orange sauce, roasted sweet potato mash, and kale and coconut milk were all on the menu for the seniors to enjoy. During the fun-filled demonstration, Sunny shared memories about food and family with the group. Sunny is a proud new member of Food Bank’s Culinary Council and is doing her part to fight hunger in New York City!

Blog: Reflections of a Food Bank Intern

Sea Bensimon, high school student and Food Bank summer intern

Working as a student intern at Food Bank For New York City has been an exciting and eye-opening experience. I've helped out with Food Bank projects in the past, but my internship allowed me to experience programs I never knew existed. I learned the true meaning of Food Bank: take hold of hunger and kick it to the curb. Read more...

Blog: Filling the Summer Meal Gap
There is a great deal of food insecurity in our Queens community, especially among families with children. When summer comes, it gets worse. Many of our residents rely on schools to feed their kids breakfast and lunch, and once the school year ends they have to figure out how to make up the difference. If more people knew about the Summer Meals program it would help them tremendously. Read more...