Food Bank For New York City Food For Survival

Rating: 1.67 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Food, Human Services

Location: 39 Broadway, 10th Floor New York NY 10006 USA

Mission: The mission of the Food Bank For New York City is to end hunger by organizing food, information and support for community survival and dignity.
Programs: The Food Bank fulfills its mission by means of the following programs and services: Food Programs: The Food Bank collects, warehouses and distributes food and related food service supplies that are free or low cost to a network of approximately 1,200 emergency and community food programs serving low income New Yorkers. The nexus of the Food Bank's hunger-relief efforts is its 90,000 square-foot warehouse based at the Hunts Point Cooperative Market in the Bronx. Product donations are solicited and accepted from over 200 national and local food industry partners (manufacturers, wholesalers, brokers, and distributors). In addition, city, state, and federal government agencies contract with the Food Bank to warehouse, purchase, and distribute food to emergency food programs (soup kitchens, food pantries, and shelters). Technical Assistance: In order to enhance the capacity and effectiveness of community food programs to meet the needs of the over 2 million New Yorkers at risk of hunger, the Food Bank provides an array of technical assistance resources. Under the umbrella of its Education Institute for Community Program Advancement, the Food Bank's offerings include: monthly nutrition education workshops that help food assistance providers garner the expertise necessary to prepare and provide nutritionally balanced meals; citywide seminars and an annual conference on capacity building themes that offer community food programs strategies and tools for enhancing program administration and operations; a citywide volunteer referral service that recruits individuals and groups to donate their time to the Food Bank's network or at its warehouse volunteer program; and networking sessions that cultivate coordination of programs and services amongst the Food Bank's network as well as partnerships with peer social services providers. Research & Public Education: As a critical lynchpin in the city's anti-hunger effort, the Food Bank's research department regularly conducts studies and surveys of its network to ascertain how the city's hunger problem has changed over time, as well as who regularly turns to food assistance programs. The Food Bank's most recent report, Hunger Safety Net 2004, identifies and analyzes gaps in food assistance services in New York City and suggests solutions. Vehicles for dissemination of this information to the public include the Food Bank's Web site (, public service announcements, its quarterly newsletter and annual report, as well as an array of food drives and citywide events in partnership with peer organizations.
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Rating: 1 stars  

I gave over $1000 to this charity and was invited to a round table discussion. I wanted to hear about where the need was. Where we were going to open and stock more pantries, where was the real need, how to get more food to needy people with the least amount of effort and cost. Instead all they talked about was politics. Their brilliant idea was a plan to get all senior citizens automatically signed up for food stamps. I wanted to provide food to people who were struggling. That was not happening here.

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The Food Bank tends to hire temp after temp by way of Temporary Staffing by Suzanne in order to avoid creating full-time positions with benefits. This is because they're fond of firing at the drop of a hat, and want to reduce overhead. If they're not interested in hiring for the long term, why not take on more Americorps volunteers? Otherwise, it's ridiculous that they skillfully avoid labor and discrimination laws by going through temps. For the record, I was a temp who was fired literally one hour after disclosing a chronic but manageable illness (IBS) that has caused me to require frequent bathroom breaks. It took a lot of courage to come forward, but I did not think that a reputable non-profit such as the Food Bank would be discriminatory. He wrote back "Get better soon" without even reading the email, as if it were a temporary issue, and an hour later, I was forced to leave.

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Rating: 3 stars  

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I'm impressed with the amount that gets put out into the community but I'm a little disturbed about the amount paid to Lucy Cabrera. $249,596 is a little to steep of a salary especially at times like these when every penny donated, 1st priority should be for the homeless & needy. I guess I'd be more comfortable with a salary of $100,000, or even as high as $150K. The extra money saved on her pension should be spent on the ones we donate too. I'll donate this time but it will be my last time unless I notice a chand

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