Bronx, NYC- Annual Hunger Survey Press Conference


For Immediate Release:                                                         Contact: Magen Allen

November 15, 2017                                                                  (646) 627-7741


In Five Days of Thanksgiving Week Events at Food Pantries,

Soup Kitchens, and Food Agencies:

Advocates and Officials to Release Report Showing
The State of Hungry Workers in New York City and State
Leading Hunger Advocate and Others to March More than 30 Miles Between Sites in All Five Boroughs

What: Media events in the week leading up to Thanksgiving with photo-ops at emergency food and social service programs in all five boroughs. Elected officials and other prominent New Yorkers will join Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, to release the group’s annual survey on demand at soup kitchens and food pantries and new findings on food insecurity and hunger in New York City and New York State. The report is the only one of its kind identifying how many people in New York City and State are working and still living in hunger.

For the first year ever, CEO Joel Berg will be walking from site to site, promoting the many soup kitchens and food pantries along the way in all five boroughs. In this march, Joel will be joined by community members and people affected by hunger to raise awareness about food insecurity across our city. The full distance walked will be about 32 miles, longer than even the NYC marathon. Media is invited to join Joel at any point of his journey.

Why: In addition to releasing its annual analysis of need at emergency feeding programs throughout the five boroughs, Hunger Free America will also release a new analysis of federal data on hunger in New York City and New York State and new numbers on hungry, working New Yorkers.  Given the recent policy recommendations by the current administration, and the uncertainty looming over people dependent on SNAP, School Meals, WIC, emergency food programs, and the fight for fifteen movement, this new data on the “working hungry” is particularly newsworthy.

Visuals: Emergency food program and social service sites; elected officials, religious leaders, and feeding program directors; possible opportunity to speak with pantry and kitchen customers; visual charts explaining the top findings.  Joel Berg will also be walking with community members and people affected by hunger from site to site, promoting the various soup kitchens and food pantries along the way, and the media is invited to join with him on all or parts of his walk.

Saturday, November 18th

11:00 a.m.      Bronx                      

             Part of the Solution, P.O.T.S. -Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry

             2759 Webster Avenue,

             Bronx, NY 10458

Sunday, November 19th

11:15 a.m.      Manhattan

                        Xavier Mission –Soup Kitchen

                        55 W 15th St

                        New York, NY 10011

Monday, November 20th

1:00 p.m.        Staten Island

                        El Centro del Inmigrante Food Pantry

                        1546 Castleton Ave.

                        Staten Island, NY 10304

Tuesday, November 21st

1:00 p.m.        Brooklyn

                        Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger -Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry

                        2004 Fulton Street

                       Brooklyn, NY 11233

Wednesday, November 22nd

12:00 p.m.      Queens

                        Public Health Solutions

                        55-05 Myrtle Ave, 3rd FL

                        Ridgewood, NY 11385