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Rolling Out the Orange Carpet: Wall Street Journal
"There was serious star wattage at Food Bank for New York City's Can Do awards dinner—presented by Bank of America—thanks to Food Bank board member, restaurateur and 'The Chew' host Mario Batali." Read more...

NY Times Profiles Food Bank's Tax Service

"Single mothers and fathers, unemployed workers and retirees on lean budgets were all following the signs for Food Bank For New York City to the basement of a senior center in the Bronx.

"They were not looking for food. They were there for the free tax services.

"Food Bank, the largest supplier to soup kitchens and food pantries in the city, runs a network of 68 tax preparation sites. Last year alone, the Food Bank helped with the filing of 48,110 returns claiming $81.2 million in tax credits and refunds, for those who can least afford to lose them." Read more...

Mario Batali Highlights SNAP, Food Bank on ABC
Mario Batali cooked up some delicious chicken on Good Morning America, sticking to a budget of just $1.40 a serving – the maximum SNAP benefit – to draw attention to recent SNAP cuts. "This is barely enough to get by," he told the hosts. "The real message is go out and help your local food banks and donate your time. When the chips are down, Americans come through." Watch the clip...

NY Daily News: Charities are Strained as Nearly 1 in 5 New Yorkers Depend on Aid for Food

'It's a quiet crisis. In a city of plenty, a staggering number of people are struggling to feed themselves and their families. Nearly one in five New Yorkers, 1.4 million people, now rely on a patchwork network of 1,000 food pantries and soup kitchens across the city to eat.

'Nearly every emergency food program in the city has struggled in the wake of the November cut in food stamps. “Eighty-five percent reported a drastic increase (in clients) in November 2013 compared to November 2012 — and remember we’d already set records that month because of Hurricane Sandy,” said Margarette Purvis, president of the Food Bank for New York City.' Read more...

2014 Can Do Awards Dinner Breaks Last Year's Record

On April 9th, more than 600 guests helped Food Bank raise $2.1 million at the star-studded 2014 Can Do Awards Dinner, presented by Bank of America at Cipriani Wall Street. Mario Batali and Susan Cahn, long-time Food Bank supporters and the 2013 Can Do Awards honorees, served as Honorary Chairs and Jodisue and Scott R. Feldman served as the evening’s Co-Chairs.

This year’s honorees included Toyota, MSNBC, Dorothea Bongiovi and Every Day Is A Miracle, who were recognized for their commitment to eradicating poverty and hunger. As Food Bank President and CEO Margarette Purvis pointed out in her passionate and inspiring speech, “The meal gap that exists in New York City is so incredibly wide that it is going to take every single one of us to reduce it. It’s also going to take a new vision and new leaders like those we are honoring tonight.” More details, pics, and video...

Blog: Why I Became a VITA Volunteer
As a graduate accounting student, I'd been thinking of how I could contribute my knowledge and skills in order to give back to the community. Food Bank For New York City's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offered me the perfect opportunity. Read more...

Passover Virtual Food Drive
Help bring the joy of Passover season with Food Bank’s annual Passover Virtual Food Drive. Through April 22, your charitable gift will be used to purchase Kosher foods that will be distributed to nearly 100,000 Jewish families in need.

Blog: Small Gestures, Big Impact
We often get so busy with the daily demands of work and life that we sometimes forget the big impact small gestures can make. But when a recent gas explosion on East 116th Street and Park Avenue caused two buildings to collapse, I was quickly reminded. Read more...

Blog: The 411 on Brown Rice
Too often brown rice gets a bad rap. This healthy staple is tasty and nutritious, but it's one item that I've noticed is slow to move from food pantry shelves. Since March is National Nutrition Month, here's a primer on the perfect side dish. Read more...