Chris Canty Tackles Healthy Snacks
July 21, 2014
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!
July 7, 2014
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, www.eatwiseteens.org
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Moving Forward: Food Bank Releases 2013 Annual Report
June 27, 2014
“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
June 23, 2014
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
June 20, 2014
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."