Community Activation Fights Hunger in America

According to Feeding America, 1 in 6 people across the United States go hungry or are at risk of going hungry. In New York City alone…

  • Approximately 1.4 million people — mainly women, children, seniors, the working poor and people with disabilities — rely on soup kitchens and food pantries.
  • About 2.9 million New Yorkers experience difficulty affording food for themselves and their families, an increase of 60 percent since 2003.
  • More than 3 million New Yorkers live in low-income neighborhoods that lack access to affordable, nutritious food, which leads to not only hunger, but also diet-related conditions such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension.

Food Bank for New York City, a hunger relief non-profit in the Bronx, is committed to ending food poverty throughout the five boroughs by providing 400,000 free meals per day to New Yorkers in need.  Earlier this month, employees from across Emanate’s U.S. offices visited the Food Bank’s warehouse, where we repackaged food and other essential products for distribution to the city’s soup kitchens and food pantries. One lesson we learned is that there truly is power in numbers – our efforts helped nearly 9,000 families across the five boroughs over the course of just two days.

I quickly realized that the process of hunger relief is so much bigger than one or two people – it’s an initiative that fully functions only when a community comes together. What our one group did in just a few hours would have taken one person days or even weeks to accomplish. The Food Bank for New York City fosters a community of support by bringing New Yorkers together, so that Food Bank can continue serving meals to those who need it. Brad Groznik, Senior Associate

In the corporate world, we are used to hearing the words “team building” and “team bonding.” What a true bonding experience it was to work hand in hand with my colleagues to directly impact the lives of thousands of New York City families. Carolyn Gierer, Senior Associate

I had no idea that 1 in 5 in this great city go hungry every day. MaryBeth Clayton, Director

Whether it’s an office of ready hands from mid-town or groups of family and friends, Food Bank finds the shortest path to delivering meals to the forgotten and underserved by engaging communities to help fight hunger – an issue that touches our neighbors in NYC, nearly 50 million across the country and 925 million people around the world.

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