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.

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!

Watch video: New Yorker of the Week Akaysha Palmer: Bronx Food Pantry Volunteer Also Feeds Hearts

 

NYCP/Short Stems Food Rescue Partnership Featured in Phil & Co Podcast

The founder of Short Stems shares the story of our unique Food Rescue partnership. Listen here: Short Stems & NYCP on unPhiltered podcast.

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.”

NYCP’s Balance of Tech & Human Touch Highlighted in The Chronicle of Philanthropy

OPINION
APRIL 30, 2018
PREMIUM


Rise of Robots Makes Nonprofit Workers More Essential Than Ever

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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)

https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Opinion-The-Rise-of-Robots/243274

NYCP Receives Grant and 1,400 Hours of Volunteer Service from AIG

 

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.

Help Us Fund Access to Fresh Produce for Families in the South Bronx

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

NYCP Opens Bronx Satellite Location at 1290 Hoe Ave

Click to see BronxNet News Coverage of the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony!

Our ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony was held on May 24, 2017 to officially launch the new satellite location, which was created in collaboration with the Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association (CIA), Inc.

“New York Common Pantry is proud to be partnering with the Banana Kelly Community Improvement District (CIA), Inc. to open our satellite Choice Pantry in one of the highest need areas of New York City,” says Stephen Grimaldi, Executive Director of NYCP. “Since our soft opening on April 27, 2017, we are already hearing how much our Bronx Pantry guests appreciate the kindness of our staff, the ability to self-select from our menu, the cleanliness of the facility, and the quick service. They’ve shared that without our supplemental food they would simply go without because they are living on Social Security or on a small, single-earner income. We are glad to be in the Bronx and able to open our doors to all members of the community.”

Read the full Bronx Times article here:
http://www.bronx.com/Local/charity/5253.html