My Nonprofit Reviews
Swami Durga Das
Review for Feed The Children, Inc., Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Feed the Children has been an extremely valuable resource to The River Fund New York in fulfilling our Mission “to feed and empower those we serve to move beyond the lines of poverty.”
Operating for the past 21 years, our small volunteer-based organization has been fighting hunger in dozens of New York City communities via our Client Choice Food Pantry and Mobile Programs. Going beyond Emergency Food Assistance and Hunger Relief, we help needy families with children and seniors through Nutritional Education, Income Support and a wide range of Benefits-Access Outreach services.
Of the more than 140,000 beneficiaries we serve annually, at least 40% are children—a key focus-demographic of our organization. As such the support we receive from Feed the Children is extremely valuable and completely “on point.”
In the aftermath of the recent superstorm “Sandy” that ravaged several areas of Queens and Brooklyn, The River Fund New York was, in many instances, the very FIRST food provider to get into the areas hardest hit by Sandy—setting up in minutes and serving substantial quantities of ready-to-eat foods to the residents. We were so well-equipped to handle this situation because for 18 of our 21 years of service, The River Fund New York has been operating the ONLY mobile pantry program in New York City, taking care of extremely needy families in New York’s most desperate communities—which gives us quite a depth of experience and well-practiced teams.
Coordinating with Members of Congress and other officials with access to the best and most up-to-date information, within 36 hours of the storm, we were first on the ground. In addition to being there first, we also recognized the importance of bringing in baby supplies to the people in these hard-hit locations. This included diapers, infant formula (of all kinds and for every age), baby bottles, special vitamins for pregnant and lactating mothers and children vitamins. We took care of more than 10,000 families in this way (of which some 34% had small children).
In this hour of need, Feed the Children rose to the challenge of helping us replenish substantial quantities of critically-needed items—24 pallets of material ranging from baby food and diapers to Clorox bleach and other cleaning supplies that were absolutely vital in the post-Sandy clean-up effort.
Our partnership with Feed the Children continues to make an enormous difference in the lives of New York’s most needy.
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