NYCP Volunteer Akaysha Palmer is New Yorker of the Week!
Akaysha Palmer was a NYCP Summer Intern in 2017, then was hired as a Per Diem staff member, and currently volunteers and serves as a Pantry ambassador. This spring she graduated in the top 10 of her class at Cathedral High School where she received the Public Advocate Award and awards in math and science. Her summer plans include volunteer work in Haiti through the YMCA Global Teens Program. In the fall she’ll begin her Diplomacy and International Relations studies as a MLK Scholar at Seton Hall. Congratulations, Akaysha and thank you for your service to NYCP!
NYC Food Assistance Collaborative:
Learn More Through Video Filmed at NYCP
Each year, nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers rely on emergency food assistance. The delivery of that assistance requires a complex network of food suppliers who distribute food to a thousand neighborhood pantries and soup kitchens. Until recently, however, there was little coordination between those suppliers. No one really knew what food was going where, much less whether it was reaching neighborhoods where it was needed.
In 2015, working with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Food Policy, the Helmsley Charitable Trust convened the key players in emergency food assistance – City Harvest, United Way of New York City, New York City Human Resources Administration, and the New York State Department of Health-Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP). Together, they formed the New York City Food Assistance Collaborative, setting out to change and improve the system.
The Collaborative has transformed the system, enabling data-sharing to identify the city’s most underserved neighborhoods and help local pantries build the capacity to distribute another 15 million pounds of food annually.
Watch to learn how successful collaboration is making it possible for more New Yorkers in need to feed themselves and their families.
New York Common Pantry Receives
Fourth Consecutive 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator
New York Common Pantry (NYCP) has received its fourth consecutive 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator. NYCP is one of only 64 organizations nationally to receive a perfect score—100 out of 100—in all categories. Scores are determined by analysis of financials, accountability, and transparency. Attaining a 4-star rating—the highest possible—verifies that NYCP exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its area of work.
Only 12% of the charities Charity Navigator evaluates have received at least 4 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that NYCP outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets NYCP apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.