Live Healthy! and National School Lunch Week
Thursday , October 17, 2013, 11:42 AM
National School Lunch Week, (October 14-18, 2013) highlights the need for increased access to wholesome and nutritious food for our children. Through our Live Healthy! program, New York Common Pantry promotes healthful nutrition and an active lifestyle for children. Live Healthy! offers nutrition education, cooking demonstrations, and lifestyle classes to school-aged children in Harlem and the Bronx.
Live Healthy! is committed to promoting the basic platform of the National School Lunch Week, which includes increased consumption of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains and reduced consumption of saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium. In the spirit of promoting a healthier lifestyle for our children, we are enthusiastic about partnering with National School Lunch Week and other campaigns that are committed to our children's well-being.
This year's National School Lunch Week focuses on the theme of "School Lunch Across the USA."
Beyond promoting healthy school lunches, this year's theme highlights the importance of embracing diversity in culture, ingredients, and flavors. The Healthy School Lunch campaign resonates with the philosophy of our Live Healthy! program.
Serving the community in Harlem and the Bronx, Live Healthy! educates children of diverse cultural backgrounds.
In our nutrition classes and cooking demonstrations, we embrace the diversity of our students by incorporating recipes that are culturally appropriate and exploring various flavors and textures.
By embracing different cultural traditions, we hope children will be excited about living healthy and inspired to enjoy foods that are culturally appropriate, delicious, innovative and healthy.
Every meal or snack our children eat has a lasting impact on their growth, well-being, and overall health.
We urge you to support campaigns and programs like National School Lunch Week and Live Healthy!, which are committed to ensuring that every meal our children eat is filled with healthful and delicious food.
New Beginnings at School , Hunger, and SNAP
Tuesday , September 10, 2013, 12:41 PM
This week colleges across New York are welcoming students back to campus. With the cost of education increasing, students have little money left for food, or proper nutrition.
It turns out that some students may qualify for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance (SNAP) program.
The NYC Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance says that students may be eligible for benefits if they:
" Receive public assistance benefits under a Title IV-A program, or
" Take part in a state or federally-financed work study program; or
" Work on average 20 hours per week.
Many full-time students who are taking care of young children, and even students assigned to employment, or training programs may be eligible.
For more information check out https://mybenefits.ny.gov/
And be sure to put everything you've learned in college to use and join us in the fight against SNAP cuts. Lawmakers are looking to significantly cut funding for the program - a move that would make it more difficult, or impossible, for thousands of hard-working New Yorkers to access food.
Take action at http://www.foodbanknyc.org/how-you-can-help/advocacy or http://www.nyccah.org/.
Good luck this semester!
Dr. King's lessons part 2 of 2
Tuesday , September 10, 2013, 12:39 PM
Appearing before those gathered for the March for Jobs and Freedom that we commemorate this week were Civil Rights leaders John Lewis, A. Phillip Randolph, Andrew Young, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King Jr., as well as performers like Joan Baez and Bob Dylan.
We remember their words and legacy, and look for ways to continue their work. Here at NYCP we focus our work on reducing hunger and the other effects of poverty that Dr. King and the others spoke that day.
Last year our case managers and onsite partners accessed $4.5 million in new benefits for people in need, a widely recognized method of fighting poverty and reducing hunger. We provided over 2.4 million meals to homeless and struggling families.
We assisted 461 families to confirm Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. (We are advocating for the survival of this successful and cost-effective program, and urge you to do likewise; see the August 28 post below.)
Our Project Dignity program helped the homeless access housing, psychiatric referrals, showers, haircuts, laundry, and mail service.
About 550 individuals participated in more than 200 nutrition classes through our Live Healthy! program. Volunteers from across the city and country gave about 40,000 hours to help distribute meals and pantry to almost 39,000 individuals.
On this anniversary we work together to promote the dignity of our clients, and help them create opportunities for themselves, knowing that nothing can be achieved without a society that allows us to provide for ourselves.
As Dr. King said, one year after the march, "I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits."
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy, Part 1 of 2
Tuesday , September 10, 2013, 11:31 AM
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy 50 years after the "I Have A Dream" speech
Fifty years ago today, some 250,000 people gathered at the base of the Lincoln Memorial to demand equality before the law. It was a historic day that many credit with the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.
That day, Dr. King gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. He envisioned a day when people would be judged by the content of their character, but also, as a man shaped by the poverty he saw around him and an architect of the Poor People's Campaign, he understood that discrimination meant lack of opportunity.
Lack of opportunity meant it was impossible to get a decent job or a living wage. It meant people couldn't put food on the table or afford basic necessities. Two years after the Washington march he said, "Let us march on poverty until no American parent has to skip a meal so their children may eat."
Sadly, in New York City in 2013, we still see that scenario played out every day. This week, as we face the looming SNAP cuts that Food Bank for NYC estimates will triple the 100 million meals already skipped by New Yorkers each year, we want to re-double our efforts to save this crucial strand in our safety net. After all, what were originally known as Food Stamps can be seen as another part of the nation's response to Dr. King's challenge.
Making this commitment to work in support of SNAP is one important way we can honor the legacy of those who gathered in Washington. We urge you to do likewise, talk to your neighbors and elected officials, keep up with what's happening and ways to take action at http://www.foodbanknyc.org/how-you-can-help/advocacy or http://www.nyccah.org/.
Dr. King wouldn't be deterred to know the march had to go on this long, and we can't be deterred either.
What SNAP cuts mean for us and our Pantry Members
Wednesday , June 26, 2013, 9:18 AM
A major part of what we do at NY Common Pantry is enrolling members in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. SNAP participants include 9 million elderly or seriously disabled people and 22 million children, 10 million of whom live below half of the poverty line. On November 1st, the 2009 Recovery Act's temporary boost to SNAP will expire, reducing benefits for every SNAP recipient. After the extra funds run out, SNAP benefits will average only about $1.30 per person per meal.
This cut sounds small when seen as a yearly decrease of $88 for an individual or $275 for a household of four. But for those relying on SNAP, such amounts signal serious belt-tightening. The current benefit has helped people in about 500,000 U.S. households avoid having to skip meals since 2009. Now by one estimate 400 million meals will have to be skipped just in New York City when the benefit is cut.
Learn more at http://www.lostmeals.org/ or at http://www.foodbanknyc.org/ If you want to take action, both pages offer a link to contact your congressional representatives with a message stating your opposition to SNAP cuts.
Here at the Pantry, we will keep members informed about the upcoming changes so they can prepare themselves, and will continue advocating for an extension of the benefit increase. If Congress does not stop the cuts, we will need to devote valuable resources to managing the influx of SNAP recipients' questions and appeals. The cuts themselves will create more demand, so our Pantry services will be needed more than ever.
For further information on the impact these cuts will have on our most vulnerable citizens, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has a great report here. The New York City Coalition Against Hunger also has an eye-opening list of the Top 10 Myths about Food Stamps.
Final SOUP-er Bowl Results!
Friday , February 15, 2013, 1:17 AM
The final score is in and YCP's 2013 SOUP-er Bowl has come to an end. A HUGE thank you to all of the participating schools and organizations that collected stew, soup, and pasta for us to provide to thousands of families! Thanks to your spirit, dedication and generosity, this year's SOUP-er Bowl was our most successful one to date! With almost 11,000 cans of soup and boxes of past collected, we will be able to provide warm, comforting food to all of our families during these cold winter months.
A special congratulations goes out to this year's SOUP-er Bowl champion: The Buckley School!!! Thanks to the students' creativity and spirit, Buckley collected a record-breaking 4,500 items! This is more than any single school or organization has collected in the past. Fantastic job, Buckley!
With a very impressive collection of 3,140 items, our second place winner is Horace Mann! Thanks for working so hard to achieve this amazing score. Trevor Day School is our third place winner with a collection of 1,447 items--incredible!
Special thanks to Riverdale Country School for their collection of 500 items, Regis High School for donating 472 healthy and hearty items, and St. Bernard's for collecting 313 items for our families! Additional thanks to Ramaz, West Point, East Side Middle School, St. Joseph's, Apple Bank, and Seton Day Care Center for participating in the 2013 SOUP-er Bowl! You all played such an important role in helping to make this year's SOUP-er Bowl the best one yet!
For more information about the SOUP-er Bowl, or if you would like to participate in additional food drives throughout the year, please contact Jen Winter at 917-720-9710 or email@example.com.
SOUP-er Bowl Update!
Thursday , February 7, 2013, 7:50 AM
There's been an interception in YCP's SOUP-er Bowl! Trevor Day School is on the board with 948, and Horace Mann is in the lead with over 1,000 points!
SOUP-er Bowl Update!
Monday , February 4, 2013, 3:38 AM
It's halftime in YCP's SOUP-er Bowl! Check out Riverdale Country School's collection. It was so big we couldn't even fit it all in one picture! They are our current leaders with a score of 500. There are plenty of other teams still on the field. We're excited to share the final scores with you next week!
SOUP-er Bowl Update!
Wednesday , January 30, 2013, 1:26 AM
It's a close game in YCP's SOUP-er Bowl! Riverdale Country School is still in the lead, but Trevor Day School is close behind with a fantastic score of 400! There's still plenty of time for other teams to rise to victory...good luck to all the participants!
SOUP-er Bowl Update!
Tuesday , January 29, 2013, 1:47 AM
We've got another team on the field....Buckley has an impressive early score of 127. It's still anyone's game! GO TEAMS!