NYC Nonprofits to Support for National Canned Food Month

Nearly one in five New Yorkers relies on emergency food networks for their meals, and you can help satisfy their hunger. February is National Canned Food Month, which is a wonderful opportunity to support local nonprofits and food banks around Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx.

Here are some nonprofits where you can volunteer at or donate to this month.

Food Bank for New York City

With its network of over 1,000 schools and charities throughout the five boroughs, Food Bank for New York City provides 64 million free meals each year. They’ve been one of New York’s most active hunger-relief organizations for more than 30 years and continue to help thousands of people throughout Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island each day.

Along with its free meal program, Food Bank for New York City provides free tax assistance for the working poor and income support services, including food stamps. They also offer a nutrition education program to help nearly 300,000 people learn how to eat healthfully on a low budget. Through their efforts, the Food Bank for New York City helps thousands of New Yorkers get the nutritious, sustaining meals they need each day.

To make a donation, sign up to volunteer, or learn more about the Food Bank for New York City, visit its website.

New York City Coalition Against Hunger

The New York City Coalition Against Hunger works with more than 1,100 food pantries and soup kitchens to get 1.4 million low-income New Yorkers the sustenance they need each year. They’re a team of advocates, volunteers, AmeriCorps members, and community leaders committed to providing nutritious food to each New Yorker and fighting the city’s hunger epidemic one meal at a time.

Since the 1980s, the New York City Coalition Against Hunger has helped millions of people access food when they need it most. Some of their programs include a farm-fresh food access program, assistance with food pantries and soup kitchens, and a hunger hotline, which help individuals and families throughout the city obtain the food they need.

Visit their website to learn more about their programs, donate, or sign up for volunteer opportunities.

No Kid Hungry

No Kid Hungry believes that no child in New York City should go a day without proper nutrition. Each year, No Kid Hungry works to improve access to private and public nutrition programs for families and children, strengthen community infrastructure for better food access, and increase awareness about affordable and healthy food programs throughout New York City.

No Kid Hungry is involved in the US Department of Agriculture’s School Breakfast Program, whose goal is to provide a healthy, nutritious meal before children go to school each day. Doing so improves a child’s concentration, memory recall, and overall nutrition intake and can even enhance a child’s school’s performance.

No Kid Hungry’s other initiatives, including summer meal assistance and Hurricane Sandy relief programs, have made a profound impact on local families and continue to lead the charge in ending hunger in New York City.

Check out the No Kid Hungry website to learn more about their programs, volunteer opportunities, and events.

Food for Thought

Thousands of New Yorkers throughout Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx don’t know where their next meal is coming from. If you want to help, start by supporting some of the nonprofits we’ve listed above.

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