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Food Bank For New York City

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A kind note can make a huge impact! While we cannot currently accept volunteer assistance on site at our Community Kitchen, we are continuing to distribute emergency pantry bags to New Yorkers in need, and we are seeking volunteers to write brief notes to show our neighbors that we care!

For full instructions including sample templates and more, please see our downloadable Dear New York Toolkit: https://www.foodbanknyc.org/wp-content/uploads/FBNYC_Dear-New-York_-Letter-Writing-Toolkit_04.21.20.pdf

This is a great activity to complete while sheltering-inplace at home. Please mail completed notes to our
Community Kitchen (address below). Once you have mailed your note(s), email volunteer@foodbanknyc.org
with the following information: (1) number of notes sent; (2) return address included on envelope; (3) date of
postmark. Notes will be hand-distributed to clients who visit our network of food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the five boroughs.

ATTN: Charles Martinez
Dear New York
Community Kitchen of West Harlem
252 W. 116th Street
New York, NY 10026

Our staff team will hand-distribute notes to clients who come to pick up to-go meals and pantry bags
from our Community Kitchen in Harlem, as well as our network of soup kitchens and food pantries
across the five boroughs. Because we cannot know the personal circumstances of each New Yorker who visits our sites, we ask that you address each note anonymously (for example, to "a neighbor," "a friend," or "a fellow New Yorker") and use content appropriate for any potential recipient.

Questions? Email us at volunteer@foodbanknyc.org.

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About Food Bank For New York City


39 Broadway, Floor 10, New York, NY 10006, US

Mission Statement

To end hunger by organizing food, information and support for community survival and dignity. For volunteer opportunities, please visit us at http://volunteer.foodbanknyc.org/


Founded in 1983, Food Bank For New York City operates the country's largest food bank, providing community food programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City with food, related products and support services. Today we distribute more than 51 million pounds of food every year to over 1,200 community-based programs that serve free meals to the City's hungry. These programs include soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, senior centers, low-income day care centers and other nonprofit programs that reach out to people in need of food. Operating out of our Bronx-based warehouse Food Bank For New York City collects, inspects, and distributes millions of pounds of food. Food Bank For New York City also provides support services to the City's emergency food providers by hosting nutrition and food safety workshops, networking sessions and other education initiatives. We use our central role in the City's anti-hunger effort to provide legislators, advocates and the media with information about hunger in the City so that they may formulate effective policy and heighten public awareness of this important issue. Food Bank For New York City is a certified member of the Second Harvest National Food Bank Network.



We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.



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  • People 55+


  • We will credit 1 hour of service for every 3 notes written, upon receipt at our Community Kitchen. If you would like a letter confirming your service hours, please email us at volunteer@foodbanknyc.org.
  • Stationary and postage are the responsibility of the volunteer. You can use a greeting card or just plain lined paper – whatever you have on hand! It's the content that counts!

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