Press & Media
NY Common Pantry featured in "Hunger Heroes" image in FEED's "Coming Together" campaign.

Come Together Campaign
NYCP Featured in Manhattan Toyota Commercial

Manhattan Toyota featured the Pantry in a November commercial.  Find the commercial here and be sure to watch to the end!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoqyFUYqRw4

NYCP Featured O Magazine

We were featured in the December 2014 issue of O Magazine.   Read the article here.


NYCP Featured on 106.7 LITE FM

We were featured on "Get Connected with Nina del Rio," a community affairs show that airs on 106.7 Lite FM.   The segment talked about the Pantry's history, the importance of serving with dignity, providing choices, and offered listeners a way to volunteer and donate.  The segment aired on Sunday, November 2nd, was about 20 minutes long, and can be found here:

NYCP on 106.7 Lite FM

NYCP Featured in Crain's Article

Crain’s:  We were highlighted in an article released a week and a half before Thanksgiving.   The article focused on the impact of SNAP cuts one year after and can be found here:

NYCP Featured in Crain's

Live Healthy!  with former NFL athlete Curtis Williams

Live Healthy!  brings P.S. 109 students weekly classes that encourage healthy eating, active living, and mental wellbeing.   Wellness Day underlines all three, with the 850 students and their families invited to take part in fun, engaging activities like Salsa Fitness, Strength Training, and Brain Gym, while following the school's Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) mantra--Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible.
New York Common Pantry featured as NYNP's Agency of the Month

New York Common Pantry featured as NYNP's Agency of the Month
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Thanksgiving: Food stamp cuts leave pantries struggling to meet rising need

Thanksgiving: Food stamp cuts leave pantries struggling to meet rising need
As Demand Increases, East Harlem Pantry Uses High-Tech Gadgets to Help Feed Hungry

As Demand Increases, East Harlem Pantry Uses High-Tech Gadgets to Help Feed Hungry
NYCP Featured in The Guardian Story About SNAP Cuts
NYCP Featured in The Guardian Story About SNAP Cuts
NYCP Featured in The Guardian’s story about SNAP cuts.  Read the story here:   www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/01/food-stamp-cuts-emergency-providers-brace

(Guardian article in pdf format.)

Common Pantry Volunteer Profiled in NY Daily News

Arturo Marquez at NY Common Pantry

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New York Common Pantry Partners with Fairway Market for an evening of feasting in East Hampton
Master Class with Steve Jenkins and Joshua Wesson - Sunday, July 29, 2012
The Common Pantry is proud to have partnered with Fairway Markets as they and Agromente/Aromatica Italian Foods hosted an intimate and exclusive evening of feasting and learning with Steve Jenkins, master fromager and Joshua Wesson, author sommelier of distinction on 7/29/12 at the Hamptons Players Club.

Guests enjoyed exquisite wines, cheeses, and a three-course meal.  100% of the tickets purchase price benefited the Common Pantry.   We are grateful to Fairway and Agromente/Aromatica Italian Foods for their generous donations.
NY1’s "NYer of the Week" makes sandwiches to benefit the Common Pantry’s brown bag meals program
Erin Dinan is NY-1 TV’s ';New Yorker of the Week'
Click here to watch Erin Dinan support the Common Pantry on NY1.



Common Pantry partners with FEED Projects to provide meals to hungry New Yorkers

Stephen Grimaldi is NY-1 TV’s ';New Yorker of the Week'

Click here to watch Executive Director Stephen Grimaldi talking with Lauren Bush Lauren on NY1.


Thank you to all that helped make our 2012 Spring Benefit a huge Success!


New York Common Pantry 2012 annual fundraiser video
from Alexander Meillier on Vimeo.
Stephen Grimaldi is NY-1 TV’s ‘New Yorker of the Week’ on March 23

Stephen Grimaldi is NY-1 TV’s ';New Yorker of the Week' March is National Nutrition Month, and this week's New Yorker of the Week is helping hungry New Yorkers gain access to fresh produce.

Fresh, healthy food is a luxury for many New Yorkers, and for those struggling to make ends meet, quality produce is often out of reach.

Click here for the full story and video at NY1.

ARD German TV reports at Common Pantry!

Common Pantry presented with ‘FEED Hero Award’ at 4th Annual FEED-Raiser

Wendy A. Stein, Common Pantry Board Chair and Lauren Bush Lauren, Co-Founder of FEED Foundation On December 14th, New York Common Pantry was awarded $10,000 at the 4th Annual FEED-Raiser and Market event at Urban Zen in New York City.   Lauren Bush Lauren, Co-Founder of FEED Foundation, presented the Common Pantry with FEED's 1st ever 'FEED Hero Award' to Common Pantry Board Chair, Wendy A. Stein.   "New York Common Pantry is a stand-out example of the FEED Foundation's mission to fight hunger worldwide.  We are proud to be honoring the Common Pantry's more than 30 years of outstanding work for New Yorkers in need," said Lauren Bush Lauren.  FEED employees came to volunteer for the first time in our new innovative Choice Pantry, providing clients with individualized grocery packages by using web-enabled tablets on-site to allow participants to choose the items they need the most.  The Common Pantry is honored to be acknowledged by FEED Foundation's mission to support programs and organizations that effectively work to fight hunger and eliminate malnutrition throughout the world.  So a special THANK YOU to FEED Foundation for this wonderful recognition of our work in New York City!

World Wings International visit the Common Pantry!

World Wings International visit Common PAntry!

World Wings International, Inc. is a philanthropic organization of former flight attendants of Pan American World Airways.   In 2009, World Wings achieved Fifty and Fabulous status, celebrating a half century of friendship, philanthropy and a proud place in aviation history.

Members of the Manhattan Chapter visited the Common Pantry during the Holiday season, received a tour of the Pantry and met with Executive Director, Stephen Grimaldi.  World Wings has been affiliated with the Common Pantry for the past 5 years and presented the Common Pantry with a generous contribution from members of the Manhattan Chapter that was matched by World Wings International's Manhattan chapter.

"Instead of asking people to donate food, we asked them to write individual checks which would then be matched by the philanthropic organization," explained Carina Kingson, President of the Manhattan chapter.  The organization's treasurer Sheila Saunders, liaison Martha Nichols, and Vice President of Membership Jane Rosenblum, assisted Ms. Kingson in presenting Mr. Grimaldi with the donation from World Wings International.

Common Pantry kids visit New York State Farms for second year in a row!

2nd Annual NICF field trip to Katchkie Farm For the second consecutive year, NICF children participated in three day-long field trips to The Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm in Columbia County, NY.  Children planted red-leaf lettuce seeds, walked through a "tomato jungle," and tasted edible flowers as they learned about planting and harvesting organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

A fun highlight of the day came during the chicken coop, as the children learned the proper way to pick up and carry chicken and held freshly laid eggs.   It was the first time that the children saw eggs in varying hues other than standard supermarket white.  The children talked about the things they learned while preparing a delicious lunch using vegetables gathered at the farm.

During the ride back the city, all anyone wanted to know was "when can we go back to help plant and compost at the farm?"

Temple Emanu-El's Sunday Lunch Program helps Common Pantry clients

Temple Emanu-El's Sunday Lunch Program New York Common Pantry salutes the hard work and generous spirit of Temple Emanu-El volunteers this year.   Earlier this year, Temple Emanu-El donated food for an entire evening meal which fed more than 200 homeless men and women.

The congregation also provides “brown bag meals” to the Common Pantry through a program called Sunday Lunch Program (SLP).   New York Common Pantry distributes brown bag meals on Sunday evenings.  Temple volunteers have increased the number of bags they prepare in order to accommodate the emergency meal program at the Common Pantry.   They have also enhanced the quality of the food offerings.

Each month, approximately 110 Temple Emanu-El volunteers make sandwiches with healthy ingredients like meat and cheese, tuna fish salad and egg salad to distribute to clients.  Eight to ten weekly volunteers prepare containers of pasta salad (from April to October) and containers of soup (from November to March) which the Common Pantry’s clients can reheat in one of two new microwave ovens that Temple Emanu-El purchased and donated to the Pantry.

Temple Emanu-El volunteers prepare healthy snacks for our clients, including fruits, vegetables, and trail mix and a bottle of water and they even provide paper back books, toiletries and other items to benefit clients.

Common Pantry's Youngest Philanthropist!

The Common Pantry's Youngest Philantropist While New York Common receives many generous donations each year, something is very special about a donation made by a four-year-old.  Samara became our youngest philanthropist when she sold painted seashells and lemonade in the lobby of her building to raise money to help the hungry.

After Samara had raised a grand total of $18, her parents asked her what she wanted to do with the proceeds.  Samara immediately responded that she wanted to use the money to buy food for the hungry.  But just helping the hungry wasn't enough for Samara; she wanted to go with her parents to see the pantry and meet the people who would be receiving the food.

On June 17th, Samara and her parents visited the Pantry to drop off the food and spend time watching the pantry in action.  When asked why she decided to donate her money to the Common Pantry, Samara responded, "Ever since I was younger, I just liked caring about people who are hungry."  The Common Pantry thanks its youngest philanthropist for her thoughtful donation.

The Real Housewives of New York City on Bravo give back to New York Common Pantry



NICF children meet the Super Sprowtz!
"50 children from our NICF program as well as over 200 local children gathered at Union Settlement to join Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and the amazing 'Super Sprowtz' perform a wonderful puppet show teaching the children of East Harlem about eating their veggies!"

NICF children meet the Super Sprowtz!


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George Duran and Better TV Visit the Common Pantry!
George Duran & Better TV Visit the Common Pantry!
Celebrity Chef and ConAgra Foods spokesperson, George Duran, came to visit the Common Pantry on March, 14th 2011.  ConAgra, one of North America's leading food companies, recently announced the launching of Cooking Connections.   Cooking Connections is a blogging experience that helps to reconnect parents to the joyful, social, family-friendly art of cooking using a multimedia format.  As part of Cooking Connections, and in collaboration with Better TV, Geroge Duran hosted a healthy cooking demonstration in Common Pantry's kitchen.  Chef Duran prepared a fun, simple and affordable recipe of sliced apples, peanut butter and granola in a whole wheat wrap!  It's time to celebrate family mealtime again!

For more information on Cooking Connections and to register for classes, please visit www.TheMotherhood.com.

To learn more about what the Common Pantry's Nutrition Initiative for Children and Families (NICF) click here.

Click here for a video of George Duran's visit to the Common Pantry!.
ING Financial Services and MTM Technologies partnered to donate $150,000 of Computer Equipment and Services to the Common Pantry
ING/MTM Donate Compuers and Services
ING Financial Services, Inc. and MTM Technologies presented the New York Common Pantry with $150,000 of new computer equipment and services, providing New York City’s largest community-based food pantry with technology upgrades to help strengthen its mission of reducing hunger.

The donated equipment includes 28 computer workstations, three network printers and two computer servers.  The comprehensive system overhaul will make the Common Pantry more technologically advanced than many large and medium-sized corporations, enabling staff to more efficiently perform tasks such as business accounting, ordering supplies and inventory control.

To view full press release click here.
The JFK Library Foundation acknowledged Stephen Grimaldi for the Reward of Public Service at New York Common Pantry



Common Pantry increases Fresh Produce through relationship with local Farmer John Glebocki of J. Glebocki Farms, LLC
Fresh Produce for Common Pantry
New York Common Pantry is dedicated to, and passionate about, providing clients with as much fresh fruit and vegetables as possible.   Through the Common Pantry's recent partnership with J. Glebocki Farms, owned and operated by John Glebocki, and located in Goshen, New York, it has been receiving farm fresh produce since April 2010.  Over the past year, Glebocki Farms has grown to be one of the Common Pantry's main providers, and continues to be an essential partner in filling the pantry with fresh vegetables.

The Common Pantry began its partnership with Glebocki through Green Markets, a New York City based program, which connects small family farms with urban buyers and markets.  The Common Pantry orders a variety of fresh produce from Glebocki Farms for the food pantry, Nutrition Initiative for Children and Families (NICF) classes, and hot meal program.

This past autumn, against the backdrop of his abundant crops, John Glebocki chatted about the history of his farm and offered his perspective on the budding partnership.  J. Glebocki Farms was founded in the early 1900's and over the years has shifted from solely an onion farm to a diverse mix of crops, growing over 160 varieties of produce, including lettuce, radishes, turnips, squash, pumpkins, cilantro, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, peppers, basil, mint, strawberries and green beans. Glebocki Farms' consists of five farm hands, two farm managers, and 15 employees who operate its markets and make deliveries throughout the city.

Over the winter months, Glebocki Farms continues to provide the Common Pantry with the fresh produce clients rely on.  Root vegetables, grown in the nutrient-rich black soil of Orange County, are kept in winter storage facilities, so the Common Pantry's clients still receive healthy, fresh produce throughout the cold winter months.

John Glebocki expressed excitement about working with New York Common Pantry, and he is in the process of making plans with Daniel Reyes, Director of Programs at the Common Pantry, to move forward and expand the partnership.  As the Common Pantry's partnership with J. Glebocki Farms approaches the one year mark, it is wonderful to see its growth in providing the Common Pantry's clients with delicious, fresh produce.

Food Network's Sandra Lee Visits the Common Pantry!
Food Network's Sandra Lee Visits the Common Pantry!
Conducting site visits of New York Food Banks, Sandra Lee visited and volunteered at New York Common Pantry.   Ms. Lee met with executives from City Harvest and Food Bank for New York City, as well as New York Common Pantry to discuss challenging issues that each organization is facing during the current economic downturn.

The Common Pantry was thrilled to have Ms. Lee volunteer in our Kitchen where she prepared food for our Monday night Dinner.   To learn more about Sandra Lee and her many accomplishments visit her website at www.semihomemade.com.

Highlighted in the New York Post, see Sandra Lee preparing greens for Common Pantry clients!

Fox 5 News visits Common Pantry during our Thanksgiving Dinner

Fox 5 News filmed dozens of volunteers and Common Pantry staff as they made our Thanksgiving Day Dinner an extremely special night for many.   With generous donations and lots of helping hands the Pantry was able to provide dinner to almost 400 individuals in need.   Thank you to all those who made this day possible.

Rock Band, Papa Roach collaborate with WhyHunger to Volunteer at Common Pantry
Lead singer Jacoby Dakota Shaddix, Stephen Grimaldi, Common Pantry Executive Director and Bassist Tobin Esperance

Lead singer Jacoby Dakota Shaddix and bassist Tobin Esperance were up early October 7th in East Harlem, helping out at the New York Common Pantry.  Shaddix and Esperance were at the New York Common Pantry as part of Artists Against Hunger & Poverty which is just a small part of the non profit organization WhyHunger.

For more information on this story please visit http://www.examiner.com/metal-music-in-new-york/papa-roach-visits-nyc-food-pantry

Also, to learn more about Papa Roach and their new album go to http://www.paparoach.com/

The 2010 Spring Benefit was a great success!  Thank you to all our Supporters

For more information click here.

Common Pantry Received Heirloom Vegetables


The New York Common Pantry, New York City’s largest food pantry, received crates of edible heirlooms at the The Art of Farming inaugural Tri-State Heirloom Vegetable auction on September 23, 2010.  The Common Pantry is one of two local community food providers to receive donated vegetables ... (more)


Elise Hayes Volunteers at The Common Pantry
Elise Hayes

Up and coming singer/songwriter, Elise Hayes, raised awareness for New York Common Pantry by volunteering at our pantry while she was in New York City for a concert.   Please visit her website at www.myspace.com/elisehayes for more information about Elise, her upcoming tour and to read about her experience at New York Common Pantry.



Best Buy supports Common Pantry

Best Buy, the nation’s leading consumer electronics retailer, presented the New York Common Pantry with a $5,000 check to support its programs at its ribbon-cutting event at its first Harlem store on Saturday, March 27th, 2010.  The new store, located on 116th Street and the FDR Drive, is part of the East River Plaza shopping complex.

New York Common Pantry, a leader in the Harlem community, providing important hunger prevention programs and children and adult nutrition initiatives to combat obesity for 30 years, welcomes Best Buy to the community and applauds their financial and volunteer contributions to help improve the vitality of communities throughout the world.  Many thanks.  For more information about Best Buy, visit www.bestbuy.com.

Make Meaning

Special thanks to Make Meaning for supporting the New York Common Pantry.  Make Meaning is a creative hub for people of all ages.  It’s a great place to host unique parties, or to just come in and create something special.  Join in the fun!  Express yourself and make something meaningful.


New York Common Pantry Wins 2009 Best Practice Award

http://www.nynp.biz/index.php/breaking-news/1892-yorkville-common-pantry

New York Common Pantry Highlighted as Robin Hood Organization






The Robin Hood Foundation honored New York Common Pantry, New York City's largest single-site community food provider, with the prestigious Robin Hood Heroes award for continued services for the needy.


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The Robin Hood Foundation

NBC New York


PANTRY GETS AWARD, GRANT MONEY