By Steve Spinola
This year, REBNY will be partnering with Food Bank For New York City for our 6th Annual Summer Donation Drive.
The issue of hunger in our city is one which I believe does not receive as much attention as it deserves.
Every day, more than two and a half million New Yorkers experience difficulty affording the food they need, and that number will only continue to rise as our food supply continues to diminish and the cost of food reaches new heights.
This number represents almost a third of our city’s population, and for a city like ours, that is unacceptable.
The New York Times recently reported that mobile soup kitchens are drawing larger crowds than ever before in parts of Manhattan and the Bronx where more free meals are being distributed at a faster rate by hunger relief groups.
For the past 31 years, New York has had Food Bank For New York City working on solving this problem. One of the largest food banks in the world, Food Bank has been working to put an end to food poverty in New York City and to find ways to get food donated and distributed to the people who need it most.
By organizing food, information and support for neighborhoods throughout all five boroughs, Food Bank is on the front lines in the city’s battle against food poverty and establishing a more secure future for New Yorkers.
Food Bank has adopted a very hands-on approach in the battle against food poverty.
It provides over 400,000 free meals to New Yorkers in need daily through its network of over 1,000 non-profit organization and schools including soup kitchens, pantries, and shelters, senior centers and the like.
Food Bank’s nutrition educational program, CookShop, provides more than 40,000 low-income children, teen and adults with the information they need to adopt a healthy diet and active lifestyle within a restricted budget.
Food Bank also offers food stamp direct service and outreach, financial counseling and Free Income Tax Services, which last year returned close to $85 million in tax refunds to New York’s working poor. Not only does this greatly improve the financial circumstances for of those in need, these substantial returns also help to enhance the dignity and independence of its recipients.
In addition to this vital work, one of the most important things Food Bank brings to the table is the extensive research it makes available to the public.
It regularly conducts research and releases reports on the extent of food poverty, the changes in demand for food assistance, the needs of its network of community-based member programs, and much more.
This research allows Food Bank to assess the needs of the people it serves, as well as provide an in-depth look at the status of food affordability in New York City.
It also clearly defines the areas of greatest need, focuses attention on what needs to be immediately and sets prioritizes for solutions.
By partnering with Food Bank For New York City, REBNY is harnessing the strength of our members in the fight against food poverty in our city.
Donations as little as one dollar can help Food Bank provide five meals to hungry New Yorkers, and donations of food items can also go a long way.
Shelf stable donation suggestions include canned vegetables, pastas, rice, canned meats, and fish (such as tuna and salmon), stews, soups, as well as beans, dry milk, flour, cornmeal, baking mixes, and much more. For more information on donation suggestions, times, and locations, please contact Jeanne Oliver-Taylor at JTaylor@REBNY.com, or visit our website, www.rebny.com.
In other REBNY news:
July 9 is the Residential Sales Council, which will be taking place between noon and 2 p.m. in the REBNY Litwin Classroom. Open to all REBNY Sales Agents and Broker C members (Associate Broker) providing an opportunity to be more active and share their ideas concerning business practices and examining market trends. For more information contact Yesenia Perez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 11 is the RSC Executive Committee, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the REBNY Burton Resnick Conference Room. The RSC Executive Committee is a subcommittee of the Residential Sales Council, and is open only to RSC executive members and by invitation. For more information, contact Jeanne Oliver Taylor at JTaylor@rebny.com.
July 15 from 9:30am – 11am: Eric Barron, CEO of Keller Williams NYC will lead our Residential Sales Agent Boot Camp: “Don’t Be Afraid of the Phone” Sales Agent Boot Camp is a free seminar offered to Residential REBNY members and geared towards agents who have been licensed 3 years or less. To register contact: REBNYResidentialEvents@rebny.com
July 16 from 9:00am – 10:30am is REBNY’s Residential Ethics Course for New Members, a non-credit course required for new REBNY members. To register, visit REBNY.com, or contact ResidentialEthicsCourse@REBNY.com. The course will be held at the REBNY Mendik Education Center.