An Uncommon Solution to Hunger
Michelle's Story

Pantry Member Michelle Vierra telling her story during the Community Parade.

After working at a hospital for seventeen years, Michelle Vierra visited to the Pantry due to an illness that rendered her unable to work.   Feeling dejected that she was now in need of assistance to provide food for her family; Michelle did not look forward to coming to the Pantry.

However, after she was greeted and helped by NYCP's staff, her mood changed.  According to Michelle, being able to choose her own food, especially fresh fruit and vegetables, made her feel like her opinion mattered when she visited the Pantry.

Michelle recently shared her story as part of the Community Parade at our Fill the Bag Benefit.  She mentioned that when she visited the friendly staff and volunteers greeted her with a smile, which always raised her spirits.  According to Michelle, "NYCP made it possible for me to provide healthy food for me and my daughter, so I could focus on making sure my daughter got into college."

2015's Fill the Bag Benefit: A Night of Community

(l-r)Michael Nachman, Cheryl Wills, Linda E. Holt, Wells Fargo's Deborah Smith, Sara E. Moss, and Stephen Grimaldi

On March 10, 2015, nearly 350 supporters of the Pantry came to Gotham Hall for our 2015 Fill the Bag Benefit.  This year our honorees included Linda E. Holt and Wells Fargo.  Linda was the recipient of The Estée Lauder Companies Distinguished Volunteer Award and Wells Fargo received the Corporate Partner Award.  We were proud to celebrate their achievements and recognize their contributions to ending hunger in our city.


Mistress of Ceremonies Cheryl Wills
Cheryl Wills of NY1 served as our Mistress of Ceremonies, welcomed the night's guests, and announced that Noby Rivera, NYCP Food Programs Associate, would be named NY'er of the week.  Instead of showing a video, this year we curated a community parade, which included staff, Pantry members, donors, and supporters to show our guests the integral nature of the Pantry.

The evening also included a digital silent auction, wine wall, and paddle raise.  We are happy to share that the evening raised over $705,000 to support the Pantry's vital work.

The event received photo coverage courtesy of Bill Cunningham in The New York Times, which can be seen here.

Additional pictures of the night can be found by visiting
our facebook page.


Gotham Hall

Guests participating in our Paddle Raise

Pantry member Michelle Vierra sharing how NYCP
has impacted her life

Guests mingling during the cocktail hour and
perusing the Silent Auction

Successful paddle raise


It’s Food Drive Season at NYCP ...
can you help us deliver with FreshDirect?
NY Common Pantry & Fresh Direct

As we begin our food drive season once again, we are thrilled that our continued partnership with FreshDirect makes it easy to provide healthy food items to our Choice Pantry members.  Last year, we distributed thousands of pounds of healthy food to so many New Yorkers in need through our Choice Pantry Program, Hot Meal Program, and Live Healthy! cooking classes.

Gift cards for NY Common Pantry can be purchased directly on FreshDirect's website by clicking here.  FreshDirect will provide a 10% discount on all of our orders, which allows our Food Programs Manager to select a greater amount of healthy food items to distribute.

Whether you choose to donate food, FreshDirect gift cards, via our website, or your time, you will be contributing to our mission of reducing hunger while providing dignity and self-sufficiency for all New Yorkers.  We are so thankful for your support and hope to work with you soon.