Meet Lisa

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.

NYCP FOOD FOR FEDERAL WORKERS IN THE MEDIA

Coverage from Spanish-language network Univision, with words from one of our frontline staffers who is meeting with sometimes emotional workers.

https://www.univision.com/nueva-york/wxtv/noticias/solidaridad/por-el-largo-cierre-de-gobierno-despensas-de-alimentos-abren-sus-puertas-a-empleados-afectados-en-nueva-york-video?fbclid=IwAR2Jksk-bc7NVOpY3zOOOe7NYIbFUahWGMYvyPJ12ETTi-60iSBz4kuRycI

In Metro, Executive Director Stephen Grimaldi on our decision to distribute food to the workers

https://www.metro.us/news/local-news/new-york/government-shutdown-affecting-nyc

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

TRISTAN FEWINGS/GETTY IMAGES FOR JUST EAT

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.