What's Happening Now
20,000!!!
Friday , February 21, 2014, 1:31 AM
AND THAT'S THE GAME! New York Common Pantry's SOUP-er Bowl has come to an end. A HUGE thank you to all of the participating schools and organizations that collected cans of soup and boxes of pasta for our pantry families. As a result of your hard work and generosity, this year's SOUP-er Bowl set a new record! We are happy to announce that this year, over 20,000 items were collected through this drive...that is a 92% increase from the number of items collected last year!

A special congratulations goes out to this year's SOUP-er Bowl champion: The Buckley School!!! Thanks to the incredible generosity of the Buckley community, the school collected a record-breaking 12,600 items! The pantry is overflowing with cans of soup and boxes of pasta thanks to this unprecedented score. Fantastic job, Buckley!

With a very impressive collection of 3,098 items, our second place winner is Horace Mann! St. Bernard's is our third place winner with a collection of 1,611 items--incredible!

Special thanks to Trevor Day School for their collection of 805 items, Convent of the Sacred Heart for donating 671 healthy and hearty items, and Spence for collecting 404 items for our families. Additional thanks to Congregation Or Zarua, Riverdale Country School, Bard High School Early College, PS527--East Side School for Social Action, Temple Emanu-El Nursery School, St. Joseph's and St. Thomas More for participating in the 2014 SOUP-er Bowl! You all helped 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 jwinter@nycommonpantry.org.
Current Leader!
Tuesday , February 11, 2014, 12:29 PM
Horace Mann scored a touchdown and is on the board with a score of 3,098! They collected so many cans, that they were able to build the castle and staircase pictured on the left. Thank you, Horace Mann, for being so creative and generous, and for making sure that all New Yorkers have access to warm meals this winter.
Another Great Score!
Monday , February 10, 2014, 11:25 AM
Another SOUP-er Bowl team just scored a touchdown! Congratulations to the Spence School for their fantastic score of 404! The middle and upper divisions worked together to achieve this great collection. We love the teamwork and we love Spence!
3,000!
Thursday , February 6, 2014, 1:47 AM
We've hit the 3,000 mark in our SOUP-er Bowl drive. Thank you to all of our "teams" for making this possible. Still lots more to collect...stay tuned for updates and final scores!
SOUP-er Bowl Continues!
Tuesday , February 4, 2014, 8:22 AM
While Seattle continues to celebrate their victory, NYCP continues to root for all of our participating SOUP-er Bowl teams! We're off to a great start, but there's still more time to collect! Let's all think creatively to come up with ways to provide warms meals to families in need during these cold winter months. Check out how creative Horace Mann got last year by building a chair made of soup! All of this soup eventually made it into the homes and stomachs of low-income families. Keep up the great work, Horace Mann, and good luck to all the teams!
Another Touchdown Scored!
Friday , January 31, 2014, 1:06 AM
Congratulations to our Rookie team: PS527- East Side School for Social Action for their fantastic score of 296 in this year's SOUP-er Bowl! The school gets some extra points for creativity...check out the graph all the students made to keep track of their collection. Fun, creativity, friendly competition, and providing warm meals to families in need....that's what this drive is all about! Congratulations PS527 and good luck to all of our participating teams!
SOUP-er Bowl has begun!
Thursday , January 30, 2014, 9:53 AM
We are excited to announce that the coin has been tossed and the first play has been called...the 2014 SOUP-er Bowl has begun! We've got 10 teams on the field: Spence, Buckley, Horace Mann, Trevor, Riverdale, Bard High School Early College, St. Bernard's, Convent of the Sacred Heart, East Side School for Social Action and Congregation Or Zarua. Currently. St. Bernard's has a significant lead, with a score of 1,611! This will be hard to beat but we know some other great teams have their "game faces" on. Stay tuned for more results and...HAPPY SOUP-er BOWL!
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."