Food Bank For New York City Food For Survival Overview
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 (www.foodbanknyc.org), 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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