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Thanks so much to everyone who came to Go Orange in Bryant Park Sunday!

Click to see pics and more details from the Urban Adventure Scavenger Hunt and the rest of the fun.


Fashion Takes Action: Food Bank and Henri Bendel Go Orange to End Hunger™

On September 23rd, iconic fashion accessories retailer Henri Bendel hosted a “Fashion Takes Action” cocktail reception to raise awareness of Go Orange to End Hunger™ at its Fifth Avenue flagship location. Celebrity and Culinary Ambassadors including Kelly Bensimon, Todd English, Katie Lee, and Eden Grinshpan were on hand to show their support along with Food Bank Board members and Henri Bendel’s President, Chris Fiore.

The event featured a gallery of photos of celebrities – including Kelly Bensimon and Katie Lee – in support of Food Bank’s Go Orange initiative, shot by photographer Melanie Dunea. Additionally, photos of New Yorkers accessing services at The River Fund in Queens and the Bronx Morisania Revitalization Corporation, shot by documentary photographer Joey O’Loughlin, were showcased. A Go Orange menu was generously catered by popular culinary retailers Cabot Creamery Cooperative, jcoco chocolate, Treat House and Lavazza with 10% of the night’s proceeds going to Food Bank.

See photos from the event here.

Rosh Hashanah Wishes For A Happy And Sweet New Year
Need in New York City’s Jewish community has grown over the years and Food Bank’s network of nearly 40 Kosher charities has stepped up to ensure that observant families have enough to eat. Together, we distributed 4.6 million Kosher meals last year. As Rosh Hashanah begins this evening, Food Bank and its network will be there to make sure that our Jewish neighbors usher in the New Year with a plentiful table.

Do You Know What To Do In An Emergency?
September is National Preparedness Month and as the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches we’re all reminded of how crucial it is to be prepared for an emergency. Because Food Bank For New York City is called upon to respond when a disaster strikes our city, we must be ready to act immediately. That’s why we continually test and improve our own emergency practices and procedures—and it’s important for all New Yorkers to do the same in their homes. Read on for the three essential steps every New Yorker should take.

Food Bank Gives Insight on Toyota Partnership at PR Week Conference
Food Bank President and CEO Margarette Purvis joined Michael D. Rouse, Vice President of Philanthropy at our mission partner, Toyota, for a lively panel discussion on the benefits of outside-the-box thinking at PR Week’s “Good Business, Better Business” conference in Manhattan. (To learn about the beginnings of Food Bank’s innovative partnership with Toyota, watch our Meals Per Hour video.) Following the session, panelists helped us spread the word about hunger in New York City by supporting our Go Orange To End Hunger™ campaign. Read more...

#GoOrange2DC

As part of Go Orange, 50 Food Bank members stormed Capitol Hill September 18th to advocate for full funding for the federal Emergency Food Assistance Program – a $50 million increase from current funding levels. Even if you didn’t #GoOrange2DC with us, you can still help! Take action this Hunger Action Month by emailing your member of Congress.

Read the full recap here.

Connecting With Our Network
Food Bank For New York City President and CEO Margarette Purvis gathered together a diverse group of member charities from every borough for an intimate conversation today. Spending time engaging with our citywide network enables Food Bank to better serve our neighbors in need.

Volunteers are Vital: MSNBC
MSNBC shines a spotlight on the critical role volunteers play in helping pantries across the country provide food for families in need with an in-depth feature on Food Bank For New York City and our Bronx-based member charity Part of the Solution. To volunteer at Food Bank, click here.

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Keke Palmer and Brook Lopez Team Up for 'Change One Thing Back-to-School' Tour
Food Bank For New York City held a nutrition education summit for teens in Harlem on September 23rd, with surprise celebrity guests Keke Palmer, TV host and first African-American star of the Broadway show “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” and Brook Lopez, NBA All-Star center for the Brooklyn Nets. The event was in support of Food Bank’s Change One Thing initiative, a social campaign that guides teens toward healthier choices by changing just one thing in their diet at a time. Read more…

Going Orange With the Bulls
New York City morphed into Pamplona on Thursday as Spanish restaurant chain 100 Montaditos went Orange with its first annual Running of the Bulls. Led by people dressed as bulls, participants ran and walked from the restaurant’s Bleecker Street location to its new eatery on Ludlow Street. All proceeds were donated to Food Bank.

Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea Go Orange
Food Bank For New York City teamed up with weekend food and flea markets Smorgasburg Willamsburg and Brooklyn Flea to spread the word about Go Orange to End Hunger™. Food Bank’s Go Orange tables at both markets attracted patrons with games, giveaways and information to help raise awareness about hunger in New York City and inspire Brooklynites to take action. Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea vendors showed their support by sporting Go Orange tees and donating a portion of the weekend’s proceeds to Food Bank.

Lavazza Goes Orange For NYC Kids
The entire team at Lavazza USA’s Manhattan office embraced the Go Orange spirit yesterday, pitching in to help get food to New York City children in need. Food Bank brought the volunteer experience directly to Lavazza’s office: we provided the supplies, they provided the people. Every staffer joined in to help decorate and pack over 300 snack bags to be delivered to kids in Brooklyn—including CEO Ennio Ranaboldo! As a special treat for parents, the Lavazza team included their delicious coffee in every bag. If you’d like to host a volunteer project at your company, Food Bank 2 Go can help. Contact Ijeoma Obilo for more information.

In Appreciation of Our Volunteers
Today, our volunteers and partners will once again roll up their sleeves and help Food Bank For New York City and our network of charities prepare and serve meals, stock pantry shelves, and much more. We celebrate their service to New Yorkers and thank them for their dedication. Their hands-on support ensures that our neighbors in need have enough to eat today, and every day.

Empire State Building Turns NYC Skyline Orange
Several Food Bank For New York City board members, friends and supporters—all ambassadors for hunger relief—joined Food Bank President and CEO Margarette Purvis today to “flip the switch” and light the Empire State Building orange as part of our Go Orange To End Hunger™ campaign.

Alex and Ani Go Orange in Soho
Retailer Alex and Ani welcomed New Yorkers to their Soho store last night for a fun-filled Go Orange Charmed by Charity event, benefitting Food Bank For New York City. Eager shoppers were treated to much more than an array of great jewelry. The Knicks City Dancers were on hand to show their Go Orange spirit as well. Alex and Ani Soho is also helping New Yorkers in need by holding an in-store food drive throughout the month of September.

Empire State Building Goes Orange
International icon of the New York skyline, the Empire State Building will glow orange to recognize Food Bank’s Go Orange to End Hunger™ campaign Wednesday, September 10th. Take a pic and tag it #GoOrangeNYC to join us in raising hunger awareness this month.

Go Orange Comes to Yankee Stadium
Food Bank For New York City took the field at Yankee Stadium last night with partners, donors and volunteers to kick off Go Orange to End Hunger™ and cheer on the Yankees vs. the Red Sox. In a special pre-game ceremony, Food Bank was honored with a $50,000 check presentation from the New York Yankees.