Food Bank For New York City and Bank of America partner to fight hunger across the five boroughs

New York City, home to an enormous number of supermarkets and restaurants, is also home to 1.4 million residents who rely on Food Bank For New York City’s programs and services throughout the five boroughs. Most are women, children, seniors, the working poor and people with disabilities. Corporate support is not only vital to defeating hunger, it’s vital to putting individuals and families on a path to success.

“For over a decade, Food Bank for New York City and Bank of America have partnered on many efforts,” said Bank of America New York City Market Executive Connie Verducci. “With our focus on supporting the communities we serve, we realize we can have a greater impact when we collaborate with organizations, like the Food Bank, that help people when they need it most.”

Food Bank For New York City, one of the largest food banks in the country, secures and distributes food to a member network of more than 1,000 charities and schools citywide, including food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and community organizations, providing nearly 61 million free meals annually to New Yorkers in need.

While the immediate need is providing meals to hungry individuals, Food Bank’s leadership recognizes the need for longer-term solutions to end food insecurity. Their income support services, including SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) and free tax assistance for the working poor, put more than $110 million each year into the pockets of New Yorkers, helping them to afford food and achieve greater dignity and independence. Food Bank’s nutrition education programs and services help more than 50,000 children, teens and adults sustain a healthy diet and active lifestyle on a limited budget. Working toward long-term solutions to food insecurity, Food Bank also develops policy and conducts research to inform and influence community and government efforts.

Bank of America has supported Food Bank For New York City since 2008, both through grants and thousands of employee volunteer hours. Since 2008, the bank has funded Food Bank with more than $2,000,000 for general operating support.

Volunteers from Bank of America are active at Food Bank’s central food Warehouse and Distribution Center located in the Bronx at the Hunts Point Cooperative Market, at Food Bank’s Community Kitchen of West Harlem and at its green market rescues. Bank of America has even hosted “Food Bank 2 Go” projects at the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant for employees to pack Thanksgiving meals for families in need.

In recognition of this deep partnership and a shared commitment to hunger relief, Food Bank honored Bank of America at its annual Can Do Awards in April.

According to Margarette Purvis, president and chief executive officer at Food Bank For New York City, “This fight against poverty takes a lot of resources, passion and commitment. Bank of America has been a supporter of Food Bank For New York City for many years and, in that time, the support they have provided to us has been tremendous. For every dollar that’s donated to Food Bank, we’re able to provide five meals—an impressive number. Having Bank of America stick with us through tough times has been incredibly important to us.”

10/25/18


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This fight against poverty takes a lot of resources, passion and commitment. Bank of America has been a supporter of the Food Bank For New York City for many years and, in that time, the support they have provided to us has been tremendous.

Margarette Purvis
Food Bank For New York City