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Causes: Coronavirus Relief Food Banks, Food, Food Banks & Pantries

Mission: The mission of Food Bank For New York City is to end hunger by organizing food, information and support for community survival and dignity.

Results: Food Bank For New York City’s food distribution program provides approximately 62.5 million free meals per year for New Yorkers in need. Since 1983, Food Bank For New York City has provided more than 1 billion meals to New Yorkers in need. Food Bank For New York City’s income support services, including food stamps (also known as SNAP) and free tax assistance, put more than $172 million each year into the pockets of low-income New Yorkers.  Food Bank For New York City’s nutrition education programs and services empower more than 45,000 children, teens and adults to sustain a healthy diet on a low budget.  Food Bank For New York City distributes more than 5.1 million kosher meals per year.

Target demographics: millions of New Yorkers (including senior citizens and children) struggling with food insecurity

Direct beneficiaries per year: Food Bank For New York City’s food distribution program provides approximately 62.5 million free meals per year for New Yorkers in need. Food Bank For New York City distributes more than 5.1 million kosher meals per year.

Geographic areas served: New York City

Programs: Each year Food Bank For New York City’s food distribution program provides approximately 62.5 million free meals per year for New Yorkers in need. The heart of our operation is the 90,000 square foot warehouse at Hunts Point in the Bronx. Here we dispatch tractor-trailers five days a week all over the City to centers who are in need. Food Bank can access donations anywhere from national food manufacturers to local distributors. Shopping wholesale to round out what has not been donated, we offer a balanced selection of food to our recipients. Our purchasing budget allows us to buy high demand foods in bulk and then offer them to agencies at prices much lower than the market value. Through federal and state agencies we contract distribution to emergency food programs across New York’s five boroughs. Food Bank’s portfolio of nutrition services include: • Community Cookshop partners Food Bank with the Mario Batali Foundation, bringing families together to prepare recipes and learn to shop on a budget • BackPack programs provide meals for children out of school during summer vacation months • Our Campus Pantry program provides students from kindergarten to college with fresh produce and packaged food Food Bank’s Income Support ensures that our clients can: • Access SNAP’s food stamps, a key piece of the hunger safety net • Receive free tax preparation services • Benefit from intensive training in order to build basic financial capability Direct services • Provide approximately 10,000 free meals per month through our Community Kitchen & Food Pantry of West Harlem • Food Bank For New York City works in partnership with approximately 740 member organizations to help get food to New Yorkers at risk of going hungry.

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Rating: 5

I've been giving to the Food Bank for many years because I don't think anyone should go to bed hungry in this country. I give because I appreciate what this group is able to do with my gift. I'm not able to give a million dollars but I feel good about what I give because I know they serve children and older people no matter where they live and it covers alot of charities and alot of people. Keep up the good work.



Rating: 1

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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FoodBankForNewYorkCity 03/18/2015

Hi Laura, Thank you for your generous support for Food Bank for New York City, and for taking the time to speak with us about your experience following your comment. As we discussed, while food distribution will always be the heart of our mission, we’re working to bring all available resources to stabilize struggling families so they don’t have to rely on emergency food to survive. We always welcome the conversation about the approach we take to help keep food on the table for 1.4 million New Yorkers every year, including our network of more than 1,000 pantries, soup kitchens and schools, as well as our income support services like food stamps enrollment and free tax assistance for the working poor. We see all of these strategies as crucial to helping families afford food and live in dignity. My direct line is 212.566.7855 ext. 2240 should you wish to discuss further. Thank you again for your commitment to end hunger in New York City. Best, Alyssa Herman Chief Development Officer Food Bank for New York City


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Rating: 1

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.



Rating: 3

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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