Hunger in America is a growing problem for thousands of families everyday. Being hungry can affect all areas of your life, from being able to concentrate at home or at work, to poor health and chronic conditions from malnutrition. In New York City, one organization is trying to make a difference. Founded on research showing that approximately two million New Yorkers are at risk of hunger and that more than half of city households with children would not be able to afford food for their families within three months of the loss of a job or household income, the Food Bank of New York City wants to fill that gap.
In 1983, leaders of the city’s pioneering soup kitchens and food pantries gathered to create a solution to best meet their needs in serving their communities. The result was their founding of Food Bank. That Food Bank has since provided more than 1 Billion Meals FOR New York City.
Today, Food Bank delivers 120 nutritious meals every minute to a network of over 1,000 charities and schools, serving 1.5 million New Yorkers. Their food delivery work begins with the choices made by charity members on behalf of their communities and ends with the strategic targeting of the city’s meal gap to ensure that the most vulnerable are adequately served. Every day, tractor trailer trucks are filled to capacity with vital meals and fresh produce.
The Food Bank For New York City has a network of approximately 1,200 emergency and community food providers, including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, low-income daycare centers, as well as senior, youth and rehabilitation centers. Food Bank of New York City helps to provide approximately 400,000 free meals daily.
According to the organization’s 2013 Annual Report, Food Bank is the largest anti-hunger network in the United States, providing “food and services responsible for 72.5 million meals a year”.