Food Relief for NYC Families Affected by COVID-19

by Children's Aid
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Food Relief for NYC Families Affected by COVID-19
Food Relief for NYC Families Affected by COVID-19
Food Relief for NYC Families Affected by COVID-19
Food Relief for NYC Families Affected by COVID-19
Food Relief for NYC Families Affected by COVID-19
Food Relief for NYC Families Affected by COVID-19
Food Relief for NYC Families Affected by COVID-19
Food Relief for NYC Families Affected by COVID-19
Food Relief for NYC Families Affected by COVID-19
Food Relief for NYC Families Affected by COVID-19
Food Relief for NYC Families Affected by COVID-19
Food Relief for NYC Families Affected by COVID-19
Food Relief for NYC Families Affected by COVID-19
Food Relief for NYC Families Affected by COVID-19
Food Relief for NYC Families Affected by COVID-19
Jul 8, 2021

How We Are Continuing to Combat Hunger

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It has been one year since we started this hunger relief project, and in many ways, this summer is a welcome reprieve from so much of the hardship. There are fewer COVID-19 cases, in-person gatherings are resuming, and life is getting back to normal. But in the backdrop of this return to normalcy remains an unfortunate reality: Today, a staggering 1 in 3 New York City children still experience food insecurity. For that reason, we are still heavily focused on combating the hunger crisis that this pandemic exacerbated. As supporters of our work, we wanted to share some updates with you on this initiative:

  • YOUR IMPACT: Through this project alone, you have raised enough funds to provide nearly 2,000 hunger relief packages to children in need. This incredible contribution is an essential part of the 150,000 total hunger relief packages we have provided so far throughout COVID-19.
  • CONTINUED RELIEF: This summer and fall, we are ramping up our food distributions to continue tackling hunger head-on. We will be providing four “food box” bulk distributions per week, and we are also adding a new food truck service option for expanded access.
  • COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS: Through a partnership that started last fall with a nonprofit called Rethink and a local family-owned restaurant called BARCHA, we have been providing 515 restaurant meals a week to families in need. This summer, we are excited to be growing our restaurant partnerships to include Gyro King food truck, which will deliver 2,000 hot halal meals per week to our children and families. These restaurant partnerships are especially critical for kids who would have otherwise relied on canned or nutritionally subpar food. We also partner with Westside Campaign Against Hunger to distribute produce boxes to an additional 550 families.
  • VIRTUAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS: Before pivoting to a hunger-relief focus in the pandemic, much of our food and nutrition programming centered around education — and that has not stopped. We have been able to maintain the education component along with our hunger relief distributions through the pandemic. Due to their popularity, we plan to continue offering those virtual options. Such options include virtual cooking and nutrition education for children and families of all ages.
  • IN-PERSON EDUCATION PROGRAMS: We are also excited to share that we are continuing to transition more of our programming back to in-person, allowing kids to get their hands in the soil, harvest a ripe tomato straight off the vine, and taste the food we cook together. During our “Summer Rising” summer school, offered to children who want to catch up in their academics, we are providing in-person nutrition education classes. We are also offering such programming at our early childhood centers and three elementary schools. And in 2022, we plan to switch our end-of-year cooking competition, Iron Go!Chefs, back to in-person. (Congrats to our winning team this year, Fairmont-Samara Campus, for their delicious dish “Soul Empanadas”!)

Thank you for making sure New York City’s children do not go hungry. We could not do it without you.

P.S. Please also look out for an email regarding a July 14 Bonus Day matching gift opportunity!

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Location: New York, NY - USA
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Danny Stern
New York, NY United States
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