Food Bank for New York City

Food Bank for New York City

Founded in 1983, Food Bank For New York City’s (Food Bank) mission is to end hunger by organizing food, information, and support for community survival and dignity.

For more than 30 years, Food Bank has been New York City’s major hunger-relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs. Nearly one in five New Yorkers—primarily women and children, the working poor, immigrants, the elderly, and people with disabilities—relies on Food Bank for food and other resources. Since our inception, Food Bank for NYC has distributed enough food to make more than one billion meals through our network of member agencies, which now consists of approximately 1,000 neighborhood-based programs, charities, and schools across New York City.

Food Bank For New York City’s income support services, including screening and enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formally known as food stamps) and free tax assistance for the working poor, puts more than $150 million each year into the pockets of New Yorkers via refunds and Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC), helping them to afford food and achieve greater dignity and independence. In addition, Food Bank’s nutrition education programs and services empower more than 44,000 children, teens and adults to sustain a healthy diet on a low budget

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FACTS

  • Food Bank For New York City is honored to partner with the Mario Batali Foundation, which generously supports our anti-hunger programs and helped create and provided the flagship support for Food Bank’s Community CookShop. This initiative, launched in 2011, teaches children and their parents how to eat well on a limited budget and provides them with delicious, healthy recipes created by Chef Batali.

  • Community CookShop engages an average of 1,400 participants (comprised of 575 families) each year at 22 food pantries and soup kitchens throughout New York City where participants access hunger relief services. On-site leaders engage families in six workshops, utilizing materials, supplies and training, as well as volunteer support, provided by Food Bank For New York City.

  • Community CookShop empowers communities to fight childhood hunger, obesity, and diet-related disease in neighborhoods where household income is low, access to healthy foods is limited, and rates of obesity and diet-related disease are high.