Lisa’s story of resilience is powerful and inspiring. This video was created by our amazing supporters the Robin Hood Foundation and includes an introduction by Oprah Winfrey.
Coverage from Spanish-language network Univision, with words from one of our frontline staffers who is meeting with sometimes emotional workers.
In Metro, Executive Director Stephen Grimaldi on our decision to distribute food to the workers
OPEN host Rhina Valentin sits down with representatives from the New York common Pantry Ora Kemp & Tamar Pacht to discuss the upcoming food drive for the Abraham House Organization.
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.
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!
1 Out of 10 Working People Rely on SNAP. If SNAP is Cut, Food Banks and Pantries—Including NYCP—Simply Won’t Be Able to Make Up the Difference in Demand.
Short Stems upcycles cans for their arrangements while providing food for hungry New Yorkers via NYCP. Company founder Wyndy Sloan says, “The business model merges my background in design and social good. It was really important to me to find the right partner that feeds the community. New York Common Pantry really liked the idea and has been so appreciative.”
In March of 2017, a small fleet of GPS-enabled delivery robots took to the streets of Washington to deliver food. These automated 35-pound, six-wheeled takeout containers — created by the co-founders of Skype — are just at the head of the oncoming wave of automation.
Although robots on wheels may be on pace to replace food-delivery jobs in our nation’s capital, one thing they won’t be threatening are groups like Meals on Wheels. More important than delivering food, programs like these are delivering human contact that helps connect homebound older people with the outside world. This is the kind of work that depends on social intelligence, and it won’t easily be replaced by a robot.
So even as experts predict half the American workforce could find their jobs wiped out in coming decades, the nonprofit world faces a great opportunity: The jobs that are the safest from automation rely on creativity, social intelligence, perception, and manipulation. For at least the next two decades, machines will continue to struggle in matching the human brain’s ability to understand and empathize with others.
This means that, in the coming decade, America’s nonprofits will go from a nice addition to a necessary player in our economic and labor success.
Read the full article here: NYCP in Chronicle of Philanthropy 4_30_2018 (PDF)
AIG has renewed its grant support of NYCP and its employees have provided almost 1,400 hours of volunteer service over the past six years. The partnership between AIG and NYCP is based in long-term volunteerism and on-site volunteer participation. In the past year alone, 148 AIG volunteers served on 9 service days in the Choice Pantry program. AIG also supports the Fill The Bag benefit, the Larry Morales Toy Drive and holiday food drives.
NYCP’s Executive Director Stephen Grimaldi says, “We are incredibly grateful for AIG’s ongoing financial and volunteer support. Need in New York City doesn’t slow down in the summer, but our volunteer pool does get smaller. We can count on our dedicated AIG volunteers year-round and value this robust partnership.”
AIG employees volunteer thousands of hours to nonprofits in the communities where they work, live, and serve their customers. At the corporate level, AIG global charitable giving program reflects three broad social themes: safety, security, and disaster preparedness and relief. To learn more about AIG’s Corporate Citizenship, visit: www.aig.com/citizenship.
Crain’s New York highlighted New York Common Pantry in the SNAPS section on March 15, 2018. See the coverage here.
The New York Times featured coverage of the 10th anniversary event in the Scene City section on March 12, 2018. Over $900,000 was raised to support New York Common Pantry’s programs. Click here to view.
12BY6 interview featuring Willie Geist of NBC, NY1 Anchor Cheryl Wills, NYCP Board Members Sara Moss and Sherrell Andrews, and Executive Director Stephen Grimaldi. Click here to view.
See the March 8, 2018 article here.
Black History Month: Students who are shaping the future of NYC
The February 27, 2018 article highlights four NYC student leaders. Read the complete amNewYork story.
look at tech access for SNAP users in an interview with NYCP member Lisa Ortega.
NYCP's 2017 interns created this short video introduction to our programs. Great job, Akaysha and Cameron!
Sara Bartels, Live Healthy! Director of Nutrition Education, and Evelyn Vela, PSE Program Manager, speak with BronxNet’s Rhina Valentin on OPEN.
The Live Healthy! team talked about NYCP’s programs, Live Healthy!’s initiatives, and the CS 211 Garden Rebuild project.
New York Common Pantry is excited and proud to announce our FIRST EVER crowdfunding campaign! The LIVE HEALTHY! program is raising $5000 to purchase Health Bucks, $2 coupons that can be used to purchase fresh produce at Greenmarkets, for their nutrition workshop participants at the Lincoln Hospital Greenmarket in the South Bronx.
For the second year in a row, Live Healthy! has partnered with GrowNYC to provide nutrition and culinary workshops at the Lincoln Hospital Greenmarket in the South Bronx every Tuesday and Friday from mid-July through the end of October. Last year they found that these Health Bucks were incredibly valuable for their attendees who felt encouraged to cook with more fresh produce after sampling our recipe of the week, but lacked the financial ability to purchase a new food item.
By increasing purchasing power with these Health Bucks, they were able to empower people to help increase their family’s fruit and vegetable intake as well as increase business for the local farmers at the market. At NY Common Pantry, this touches upon three of our core principles: options, access and health. We believe in reducing hunger and food insecurity through a whole-person approach that includes not just nutritious, fresh food pantry packages (which our members do receive!), but also through empowering community members and increasing access by connecting them to resources, as well as educating on the importance of a nutritionally sound diet and active living in order to make healthier choices for their families through the Live Healthy! program.
Please help us make this a reality by donating here: https://www.ioby.org/project/invest-health-help-fund-access-fresh-produce-south-bronx