Thanksgiving-Week Events at Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens, and Food Agencies


For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               


Thanksgiving-Week Events at Food Pantries,

Soup Kitchens, and Food Agencies

Advocates and Officials to Release Report Showing

The State of Hungry Working Adults, Children, & Seniors

First-Ever Analysis of Hunger Numbers in NYC Metro Region

First-Ever Data to be Released on Cost of Ending Hunger in NYC

What: Media events the week of Thanksgiving with photo opportunities 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 organization’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. Berg will also release first-ever data on hunger numbers in the New York City Metropolitan area in addition to first-ever data on the cost of ending hunger in NYC, the NYC Metro region, and NYS.

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 NYC, the NYC Metropolitan area, and NYS. Given the recent policy recommendations by the current federal administration and the uncertainty of the Farm Bill and SNAP eligibility, this data is particularly newsworthy.

Visuals: Elected officials, religious leaders, and feeding program directors speaking at emergency food programs and social service sites. A member of Hunger Free America’s Food Action Board will also be speaking about her personal experience living with food insecurity in New York City. Possible opportunity to speak with food pantry and soup kitchen guests.

Tuesday, November 20:

10:00 a.m.  ~ Manhattan (Flagship Event)                       

Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen

296 9th Ave.

New York, NY 10001


City Council Member Ben Kallos, New York City Council, District 5

Barbara Turk, Director, City of New York Food Policy

Commissioner Steven Banks, NYC Human Resources Administration

Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies

The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Executive Director, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen

                                    Joel Berg, CEO, Hunger Free America

                                    Susan Resch, Food Action Board Member

1:30 pm ~ Staten Island

Project Hospitality

514 Bay St.

Staten Island, NY 10304

4:00 p.m. ~ Brooklyn

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

2010 Fulton St.

Brooklyn, NY 11233


Wednesday, November 21:

10:00 a.m. ~ Bronx

Part of the Solution

2759 Webster Ave.

Bronx, NY 10458

1:00 p.m. ~ Queens

Affinity Health Plan (SNAP outreach site)

41-46 Main St.

Flushing, Queens 11355


Contact: Nicole Aber

(646) 627-7741