An Uncommon Solution to Hunger
Take Action During Hunger Action Month!
Take Action During Hunger Action Month!

Did you know that 2.6 million New Yorkers face difficulty affording food?  This September, during Hunger Action Month, New York Common Pantry encourages you to raise awareness and join the fight against hunger.  Here are a few ways that you can get involved:

  • Host a food drive: Check our calendar to see the foods we're collecting each month.

  • Volunteer: E-mail Jen ( to schedule a shift in our Choice Pantry or Hot Meal Program.

  • Go Orange: Wear orange to show your support for hunger-relief efforts.  Or, turn your social media profile picture orange to raise awareness and let your friends know as well.  Make sure to tag us so we can see it!

  • Donate to NYCP:   With more than 2.9 million meals served last year, we need your help to ensure that no one is turned away from our doors.

New York Common Pantry is dedicated to reducing hunger and we can't do it without you. Help us spread the word this September!

Wellness Day inspired 850 children to
"Be the Change and Live Healthy!"
On June 6th, Live Healthy! along with former NFL athlete Curtis Williams and P.S. 109 staff held a very successful Wellness Day for the school's 850 elementary students.  Activities included nutrition and physical education.  Here are some photos of the event!

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Fill the Bag Benefit: A Sparkling Triumph!
2014 Fill the Bag Honorees
Pictured are Honorees and Award Presenters at New York Common Pantry’s Fill The Bag Benefit, March 4th 2014.
Bottom row (L:R):  Stephen Grimaldi, Executive Director, Cheryl Wills, NY1 News Anchor,
Sara Moss, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.,
Deborah Krulewitch, Senior Vice President, Corporate Administration, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.,
Wendy A. Stein, Board Member.
Top row (L:R):  Michael Fitzsimons, Board Chair, Michael Nachman, Board Member,
Gregory J. O’Melia, Headmaster, The Buckley School

Over 350 guests gathered on the evening of March 4th at the Loeb Boathouse Central Park to support New York Common Pantry.

Honorees included The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., represented by Deborah Krulewitch, Senior Vice President, who received the Corporate Partner Award; Michael Nachman, Volunteer and Board Member, who received the Distinguished Partner Award, and The Buckley School, represented by Headmaster Gregory J. O'Melia, who received the Community Partner Award.

Cheryl Wills, an anchor on NY1 News, served as Master of Ceremonies and Karl Green of Bonhams in New York led the Live Auction.  In addition to a delicious dinner and engaging program, guests enjoyed the robust offerings of our Silent Auction and bid on travel experiences, beauty products, and exclusive Buckley School created items.

The night was an overwhelming success for the Pantry, our most successful yet, with over $650,000 raised to further the work of our programs.

Live Healthy! Partners with Kickin.Kitchen.TV
Kickin Kitchen TV NYCP Live Healthy Ingredients for Education

We are excited to announce a new partnership with KickinKitchen.TV and Ingredients for Education to incorporate educational content in our Live Healthy! classes.  Kickin.Kitchen.TV will provide a series of video episodes that encourage healthy cooking, eating, and exercise among middle schoolers and young teens.

Live Healthy! encourages participants to embrace healthy eating, active living, resiliency skills, and social support to improve overall quality of life.  Through its videos and other multimedia, Kickin.Kitchen.TV will help support the goals of Live Healthy!.   Additionally, Live Healthy! families will receive recipe postcards with their Choice Pantry grocery bags.

Special thanks to The Heckscher Foundation for Children for supporting Live Healthy! and Kickin.Kitchen.TV.

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.

Common Pantry Volunteer Profiled in NY Daily News
Arturo Marquez at NY Common Pantry

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