Hunger in New York City, and How You Can Help

This is the fourth in a series of posts designed to raise awareness of the challenges of hunger and poverty  in specific communities, and the work of food banks to address those challenges. 

According to new research by the Food Bank For New York City, the number of New York City residents struggling to afford food has doubled  to 4 million since 2003. Recent Food Bank research also shows that 20 percent of New Yorkers report they would not be able to afford food immediately after losing their household income.

Meanwhile, the Food Bank has been experiencing food shortages for much of the past year, and food prices and unemployment continue to rise. It is astounding that in one of the world’s richest cities, so many people would have trouble affording one of life’s basic necessities. That is why Tyson Foods is stepping up to make a difference.

For every comment made to this blog posting, Tyson will donate 100 lbs of food (up to a 35,000-pound truckload) to the Food Bank For New York City. That means that we need 350 comments right here to help provide food for struggling New Yorkers. As in similar efforts we’ve had here in the past few months, short comments are acceptable, and we won’t harvest your email addresses to use later.  Comments are moderated, so it might take a bit to get them posted.

As the major hunger-relief organization for New York City, the Food Bank works to end food poverty and increase access to affordable, nutritious food for low-income New Yorkers throughout New York’s five boroughs. In addition to acquiring and distributing food to a citywide network of more than 1,000 food assistance programs, the Food Bank provides Direct Service, Education & Nutrition, Financial Empowerment and Disaster Relief Programs.

Continue to read below for more information about hunger and food poverty in New York City – and don’t forget to post your comment!

• Approximately 4 million New York City residents struggle to afford food for themselves and their families. Of that number, approximately half report they have never turned to food assistance before but worry that they may need to in the coming year.
• Close to half of all seniors living in New York City (47 percent) experience difficulty affording food
• 56 percent of households with children in NYC report difficulty affording food
• Close to one quarter (24 percent) of women in NYC report that they would not be able to afford food immediately after losing household income
• The average income for NYC households accessing emergency food that have employed members is $1,507 per month
• Almost one-third (31 percent) of disabled adults in NYC live below the federal poverty level (approximately $16,000 per year for a family of three)

Learn more about the Food Bank For New York City at foodbanknyc.org.  Click here to join the food bank’s Facebook cause.   Please follow the new Twitter account @FoodBank4NYC.

Thanks to your efforts, we’ve now received more than 350 comments!  The food bank will receive a truckload of Tyson products within the next  few weeks.  Please continue to get involved in in the fight against hunger.

436 thoughts on “Hunger in New York City, and How You Can Help

  1. M

    To the sweat , hard work, and generosity of Tyson…..My you be blessed 10 fold. You are changing so many lives.

  2. Eleanor

    You send food to NYC what about other places. Essex county and Franklin county NY .People here need HELP also.

  3. Rosemarie Stupel

    As a society our priorities are skewed.  We need to FIRST ensure that everyone has the basics: food, shelter, safety, health care, education and child care.  We can afford it if we choose to.  Taxes need to be at the level of other industrialized countries so that necessary programs are fully funded and don’t have to rely on charitable giving. 

    As well meaning as the Tyson effort is, it shouldn’t substitute for a fundamental safety net.

  4. Simone

    With unemployment at an all time high, people will really need the services provided by their local food banks. Tyson’s donation will go a long way!

  5. Alice

    It’s fantastic that Tyson Foods is taking such a leading role in social responsibility towards hunger relief!  Thank you!

  6. Diana U

     I work for an organization that serves victims of domestic violence and it is extremely alarming that due to the current economic crisis, many of our clients are being forced to choose between their safety and economic security. In the words of one of our clients:  

     
     
    Sometimes I just think it would be easier to just go back to him. I know that he could possible kill me but… when we lived with him he always had the refrigerator full and I knew that he was always coming home. I never had to worry about what my child was going to eat or what we were going to wear.  It is just really hard to watch my baby live like this.” 
     
    Please help ! Don’t make them choose.
  7. tom young

     

    Tyson is doing a wonderful job of helping the less fortunate. I always help our local food bank through the feed the need project at krogers. This is easy to do, when you purchase food for you and your family, look and see how blessed you are to be able to buy the food you need, then give what you can afford, even if it is only one dollar. Help locally and think globally.

  8. Carol

     

    Thank You Tyson for doing your part to help those who need it most, including myself, in these though times. Our new President encourages ALL of us to get involved in our Community, so Thank You for taking up the cause.

  9. kg

     

    what an incredible idea…please help the Food Bank because they are an amazing organization that changes the world.

  10. Sonia Norville

    This is a very noble cause.  As a recent transplant to New York City, I was struck by the vast dichotomy between the wealthy and those who hover around the lines of poverty. We can all "pull ourselves up by our bootstraps," but it is usually the helping hand the makes the most significant difference in our lives. Whether it is a parent, or teacher, a mentor or a perfect stranger, no one can do it all alone. Thank you to Tyson for giving us a seamless way to give back to those who need it most.

  11. Barbara Hochberg

    it is so amazing to see in a city such as our people starving. they can not get food stamps unless they quit their jobs they are just about make rent. please help

  12. Patricia Antonia

    Please support Food Bank for New York City to continue their mission in providing food for impoverished people!

  13. Emily

    It is so important that companies view themselves as members of our local, national, and global communities.  Thank you Tyson Foods for taking on the responsibility of being a community member.  I hope you will continue to give back, with all that you are given. 

  14. Linna

    In these difficult times, it is more important than ever for charities that fill a deep need and that serve a vast population to receive our financial help and support. Kudos for Tyson for teaming up with the Food Bank of NYC! Every bit helps!!

  15. Fran Quinones

    Thank you Tyson Food for your contribution to the NYC Food Bank.  They are a great organization helping out needy New York families.  It’s so good to know that companies like your are so determined in combating food and nutritional needs of needy families in New York City.

  16. Annika M.

    The more our business and non-profit communities come together, the better able we will be as a nation to serve our less fortunate. Thank you  for the great work, Tyson!

  17. Joyce Goforth

    How many of us have ever experienced "real" hunger? Not the hunger that drives us to pull into the nearest drive-through window but real hunger pangs? I can’t say that I have. I cannot imagine watching my child crying because he/she is hungry and not be able to give them something to eat. Anything. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a cup of chicken noodle soup. The Food Bank For New York City does a wonderful job of feeding many of New York’s families living at or below the poverty level.

  18. LINDSAYnpo

     

    "Approximately 4 million New York City residents struggle to afford food for themselves and their families. Of that number, approximately half report they have never turned to food assistance before but worry that they may need to in the coming year."

     

    The economy certainly has people in a tough position.  Living in the city is so expensive!

  19. Samantha

    It’s wonderful to hear about the great generosity of a company during these hard economic times.  Keep it going! :)

  20. Eric Fass

    In working with over 80 nonprofits nationwide it is clear that now more than ever they are in need of our help. Particularly Food Banks and Social Services organizations have seen drastic reductions in public and private funding. Other nonprofits have had to eliminate important programs and let go of tenured staff. Please do what you can to give back, volunteer, or help this year when individual missions need you most. 

  21. Jamie

    What a wonderful campaign!  Raising awareness and providing much need food to New Yorkers in need.  Thank you.

  22. Renee Lewis

     

    This is what our country is all about. We tend to forget in our everyday lives that people are starving in our own backyard. This is a great organization and everyone needs to help.

  23. Lee from First Unitarian Brooklyn

    I have supported Food Bank for NYC for years.  It’s a great organization.  The need for food in our city is tremendous and is sure to grow a lot this year.  Thank you, Tyson, for supporting their work.  I hope you are insuring that your own workers don’t need this kind of assistance.

  24. Kathleen Lee

    I’d like to commend the Food Bank’s important work during these tough times and Tyson’s generosity in donating this food.

  25. Christa Beard

     Thank you so much for doing this for New York. It is an expensive place to live; I’m sure having a full pantry helps many.

  26. Rosemary McKenna

    Thank you Tyson Foods for your generosity to the Food Bank of New York City.  The demands that are being placed on organizations like the Food Bank of New York City are tremendous at this time and it’s wonderful  that your organization has stepped up to help them.

  27. Sandra

    I work with domestic violence survivors, who are really being hurt by the economic crisis.  They rely so heavily on the community food banks.  Thank you for your help!

  28. Charlene Show

    I would just like to applaud Tyson Foods for really caring about the crisis that has hit this nation.  From now on when I go to the store, I will be sure to buy only Tyson products.

  29. Merete Fields

     

    This is absolutely GREAT!  I’m glad that large corporations are giving back to the community.

  30. Sarah

     I am sure this food is needed and the need is growing – especially considering the economic situation in this country and in New York City. We need a sustainable solution so people can stop going hungry.

  31. Cassy

    On this very cold evening, there are many things that I am grateful for, not least of which is the fact that I am able to afford good, quality food and that I will not be hungry tonight. I know this is not true for everyone. I thank the Food Bank of NYC and Tyson for helping to make ends meet for so many families that are struggling at this time.

  32. j

    Those statistics are sad, and scary. Thank you TYSON and the FOOD BANK for working to address this problem.

  33. Matthew

    It is wonderful to see a company going out of its way to give something back in these difficult times.  I hope many others follow Tyson’s great example!

  34. Rachel Nagler

    I’m so glad I heard about this initiative.  Thank you, Tyson, for your generosity and caring about those in need!

  35. William Gordon Jr

    Please help the Food Bank to further their mission of providing food to New Yorkers in need!

  36. Roderick N. Petrey

    Food bank supplies are desperately needed by those of us who are least able to help themselves. Among them are homeless combat veterans who have served our country but no longer are viewed as "valuable" so are "thrown away". These men and women need our help. I applaud Tyson’s efforts to help and encourage everyone to participate.

  37. Lara

    We’ll never get through this if we don’t all help each other.  Thank you for the good work you are doing!

  38. Elana Yellen

     

    The low standard of living that we allow for people living in this country is a shame. As a country we should be looking for long-term solutions to reducing poverty through education, healthcare and a safety net.

  39. Tamaris

    Sometimes we must take a step back and feel the blood that runs in our veins, then we need to breath and see that everyone shares the same veins…. Reality Poality

    Thank you Tyson for realizing that….

  40. Sara

    Thank you, Tyson, for taking part in this initiative, and setting an example of how the public and private sector can work together for change… 

  41. Sarah

    This is a great deal for everyone!  I will forward this on to my friends, so you can get as much food as possible!

    Thanks, Tyson!

    Sarah

  42. Vanessa Wyeth

    In this day and age, it is shameful to think that millions of Americans still go to bed hungry.  Thank you for your work. 

  43. Betsy Fitzgerald-Campbell

    If ever there was need, this is it.  Until our new President can get things turned around, let’s support great programs like the Food Bank.

  44. Lara Fisher

    What a great way for Tyson to step up and support a great cause! I love the work of the Food Bank and am happy to see them getting some well-deserved attention. Thank you Tyson!

  45. Vanessa Wyeth

    In this day and age, it is shameful to think that millions of Americans still go to bed hungry.  Thank you for your work. 

  46. angela

     

    i’m glad to hear that tyson is donating this large amount of food to the food bank of nyc. however, what exactly is tyson doing to prevent the exploitation of undocumented immigrant workers that its processing plants hire, and the unsafe working conditions that lead to workplace injuries? i’m all for the food bank of nyc getting this donation as it will help many needy new yorkers, but i wonder how tyson could be doing better for its own workers.

  47. Mark

     

    many thanks to Tyson for helping out the underserved in NYC area.  I’ll be sure to remember that when I visit the grocery

  48. Ellen Mahoney

    This is such an important issue. So many New Yorkers live pay check to pay check and with the high number of hard working adults losing their jobs, the need for a fully stocked Food Bank is critical. This is an issue that affects all of us!

  49. S. T. Greene

     

    Over the past few months, I’ve seen an increase not only in the number of people who visit the local food pantry, but in the number of newly unemployed visitors.  Thank you, Tyson, for helping to keep all New Yorkers fed.       

  50. Luke Jones

    Thank you Tyson for this wonderful initiative!

    And thanks to the Food Bank for getting the food in the right mouths, especially during this dreadfully cold week!

  51. Valerie Venezia

    Great project! Happy to help get you there…Wonderful idea – helping accomplish such important work!

  52. Emma

     

    I think that it is really great that Tyson is helping people so generously.  This is a very difficult time of year, and no one should go hungry.

  53. John Wyeth

    I work with domestic violence victims and hunger has become a serious problem for them and their children.  For  the first time this past fall, staff at my organization noticed children requesting to visit our  food pantry – meaning that either they are very hungry or have been asked to help fulfill the family’s food needs, or both.

  54. diane

    I wish this were more widely advertised, to highlight that even in these horrible times, companies are still donating and caring about those in need.

  55. Sarah

    This is a great deal for everyone!  I will forward this on to my friends, so you can get as much food as possible!

    Thanks, Tyson!

    Sarah

  56. Tieshka Smith-Cook

    Phenomenal (and much-needed) effort, Tyson. Thanks for being a good corporate citizen.

  57. Jennifer

    More large commercial food companies should follow Tyson’s lead.  There is a hunger problem all over our beloved US.  Kudos to Tyson.

  58. Samantha Sepulveda

    I was fortunate enough to volunteer at a local soup kitchen. I was filled with joy to see all of the happy faces of those that had a warm meal this past Christmas Eve. An overwhelming number of volunteers came to help and it truly showed how wonderful America really is. Thank you Tyson for your help in feeding the hungry. You have my loyalty as a customer

  59. Meghan

     

    Thank you for doing this.  We’re in a similiar spot in Massachusetts, in November alone, United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline received more than  3,671 calls, the vast majority were seeking assistance for basic needs like food, heat and rent assistance.  Keep up the good work. 

  60. IndyEnigma

    This is a great idea! Nice to see corporate America stepping up to help (they usually do!), regular folks can help in home towns too! A couple of cans from the pantry or $15 donated instead of two lattes, doesn’t need to be a big deal, just folks helping folks!

  61. ScottyHendo

    I applaud you on helping to fill the gap. How can we begin to address the roots of the problem, while at the same time helping those in immediate need?  @scottyhendo

  62. Jeanne F

    Please help to support the Food Bank For New York City. They provide crucial services to New Yorkers in need!!!

  63. nadine woloshin

    It’s shocking that New Yorkers can’t afford food.  It’s nice to hear that Tyson’s is doing something.

     

  64. Sam Weston

    I’m really impressed. This is a great example of corporate leadership and a company making a difference in the community.

     

  65. Thomas Nicholson

    I think this is a very generous thing of Tyson to do and an interesting way to use a blog. I find pride in saying that my father is connected to Tyson foods and all of the charitable things that they do for not only our country but others. Thank you Tyson foods and I second the notion of "keeping it up".

  66. Juan Vasquez

    glad to help raise money for food in this city that needs these resources so bad.  It is incredible that in richest city  in the world with all these high taxes that people and children are going to sleep hungry everyday

  67. diane

     

    Food brings people together and is such an important connector breaking all barriers. Of course we need it to survive but food is more than nurishment for the body, its nurishment for the soul. Thank you for your gift of hope. Thank you for standing behind your values and doing the right thing. Your gifts will not be forgotten.

  68. Angie

     Food insecurity is a reality for 1 out of 5 children living in NYC.  The NYC Foodbank and their network of over 1000 food assistance community groups do an amazing service for those in need. 

  69. Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz

    This is such a noble effort on the part of Tyson. Thank you.

    Let us all do our part for those in need. 

  70. Meg

         Great way to make a difference in a positive way! Keep it up; lives can literally and continually be changed!

  71. Gayle

    Thanks again, Tyson, for helping the hungry!

    (If anybody is wondering whether this is a hoax, it’s definitely not. Tyson delivered 35,000 pounds of chicken to the San Francisco Food bank last year!)

    Gayle

    San Francisco Food Bank

  72. B. Ariel Cohen

     

    Thank you for doing this.  If everyone stepped up this way to help, we would have greater sustenance and warmth.

    Ariel

  73. Harriett Jumper

    Tyson is awesome. I am aware of their involvement in communities. I applaud them for reaching out to the products of our failing economy. Thank you Tyson!

  74. Daisy Borrero

     I am so excited the food bank made the Robin Hood Challenge of 1 Million! I know this Tyson challenge will make the challenge to help hungry families..

  75. Kei

     

    This is very timely given how grim the jobs situation is and how many New Yorkers are going to exhaust their unemployment benefits this week: http://tinyurl.com/89k6o5 

    So many people’s jobs and stability are hanging in the balance, and it’s heartbreaking to think that people are having to skip meals or drink soda instead of eating.

     

     

  76. Ryan

    and just a few years ago in philly several chains of dollar store were shut down for selling food that had been donated to municipal and private food banks. It had been going of for years and i doubt it was an isolated problem.

  77. David Cohen

    This is a great organiztoin and it’s great to know it exists in such a time of need. Also, growing up, you guys made the best frozen chicken nuggets!

    This project needs to continue because I feel it’s the #1 thing we can all do to help people who can’t afford the necessities in these times.

  78. Dawn Morton

    I think it is great that a company like Tyson is doing something to help people in need, especially in a time when jobs are uncertain and prices are soaring. Kudos to Tyson.

  79. Chris Henke

     

    I don’t live in NYC, but I appreciate all the efforts you are making to help those in need!

    God Bless.

  80. Michael Selman

    In these difficult times that are affecting so many people not only in our country but around the world, we must pause and consider those who may be facing even greater challenges. It is important at the same time we may be making personal sacrifices to try even harder to lend a hand to those who are most in need.  The Food Bank is to be commended for their untiring efforts to help the hungry.  Thank you Tyson for your generosity.  

  81. IowaFoodGeek

    Ya know, with some dirt and seeds, one can grow a bit of food. Good for the soul. Good for the tummy. Good for the world. Hunger is an unreasonable thing to have in our rich rich country. There’s no reason for it.

  82. Marcia Albert

    We are very fortunate to be employed and have a home at this time even if it’s not necessarily a  job we like.  Many are not that lucky, and people sometimes forget that.  So giant sized kudos to all out there trying to help in any way possible.  Special thanks to you, Tyson, for all the donation efforts. 

  83. Kristin

     

    Pretty stark statistics, and I imagine we can expect it to get worse as the recession progresses… nice thing to do Tyson

  84. Lori

    I’m so sad to see that my home town is going through this. 

    I wish you all the best in meeting your goal and hope that this world gets better soon.

  85. Joanna Smith

    I think the Food Bank for NYC is a literal lifesaver for so many of my neighbors.  It’s great that Tyson is helping out, but maybe Tyson should treat their animals better to really do good in the world.  There are ways to raise animals for human consumption that don’t torture them along the way.  I know PETA has been very concerned about Tyson’s animal treatment.

  86. Roger Friedensen

    Bravo!  Inventive and innovative way to strengthen one’s reputation while doing good work in a very tough economy.  Any chance of expanding this program to other states?

    Thanks and congratulations again!

  87. Phil Temples

     

    Tyson is to be commended for this initiative — big time! I’ve re-tweeted this announcement. Perhaps this sort of project could also be implemented in Boston? -Phil

  88. Lee

    Tyson is awesome for helping. Is there anything else we can do? I will continue to forward this around to everyone I know, but I’m sure people will want to help out further if they can!

  89. David

    Outstanding work.  It is crazy that there is a hunger problem in this country.  Thanks to Tyson for helping.

     – we’ll post Tyson and this charitable effort on our site for viewers to see when we go live.

  90. Alicia Renee

    The stats for the hungry in NYC are crazy!  TRUE, but nonetheless crazy!

    FIFTY-SIX percent of households with children have difficulty affording food!!

     

    Way to go Tyson, thanks for supporting the Food Bank for NYC!!!

  91. nancy banks

    Who knows how much worse things will get? Thanks to Tyson for this effort, and let’s all resolve to do whatever we can, every day, to help.

  92. Christine Caridi

     

    Feeding and helping others can be a tough job!  Thanks Tyson Foods for going the extra mile and reaching out with tangible help to serve the underserved and hungry in New York, Houston and other great cities in this great country!

  93. Deirdre Reid

    What a great partnership! Tyson’s is really leading the way by showing how corporations can use social media to help worthy non-profits. Kudos to both of your groups!

  94. Renee Baruch

    We must continue and do more to help the hungry, especially in my hometown , NYC.  Food Bank for New York does the best it can and needs the support of all New Yorkers.

  95. kathryn mccormick

    I have contacted two local churches in Brooklyn and found that their services have needed to be cut to two days, one to provide lunches and the other for distribution. The lack of food is the reality. The churches rely on the city deleveries in ordeer to service their people. One asked for a local school for a can drive. I will continue to do my own mini survey of local food sources and their needs.

  96. Shade Epes

    What a wonderful thing that a company based in Arkansas is lending a helping hand to those in need in NY.  It makes me proud to be a native Arkansan!

  97. Ariana

     

    I helped to organize a food drive at the school I work for and it was an amazing experience for the kids involved.  They learned all about how great the need is right now in NYC and eagerly began donating.  Food Bank was then fabulous about coming quickly to pick up the boxes and boxes of food we had collected.  It was a wonderful experience!

  98. Eleanor

    Thanks to Tyson foods for helping with this donation.  The New York Food Bank is a great organization, and so important for so many poor people in NYC.  I hope that someday soon all Americans will be able to provide themselves with the food they need, but until then, we depend on the community to help those in need.  Thank you!

  99. Tre

    Thanks to Tyson for offering this to NYC…Just a few more comments!!! You are sure to get this for NYC’s Food Bank…just like in Boston– the precedent–when–thanks to @kanter and @robertcollins promoting Tyson’s same offer at Boston’s Social Media Breakfast — 700lbs of food to Boston’s Greater Food Bank as a result of 700+comments. Can’t wait to hear the goal’s been met.

  100. Philly Rains

     

    I’m always proud when an Arkansas company steps up, but never surprised when that company is Tyson Foods.  Thanks, Tyson, for showing the rest of the country what it means to be a good neighbor!

  101. Lisa Goldner

    Thanks, Tyson Foods!  We need more efforts like this to call attention to the growing number who go hungry every day.  Let’s be their voice in  

  102. Ken Jacobs

    I’m delighted to be one of 350 commenters to help feed the hungry in NYC.  Thank you, Tyson, for caring.  (And your chicken ain’t bad either!)

    Ken Jacobs

  103. ANNA MAGDALENA H.....

    I AM A CITIZEN OF NYC AND DONOT MAKE THE GUIDELINES FOR HEALTHCARE. I CAN HARDLY AFFORD TO LIVE. I AM ALWAYS SHORT WITH FOOD. ITS A ASAD TIME WHEN AND EDUCATED EMPLOYED WOMAN IN NYC CAN’T AFFORD TOLIVE PROPERLY.

  104. Rick Sauter

     

    If you’ve ever been to NYC, consider donating. If you’ve seen poverty in your life, consider donating. There hasn’t been in a time in our lifetime where there are so many people struggling, needing a helping hand. If you can, consider it.

  105. Diana Finch

     

    Although I feel that a vegetarian organic diet of locally grown foods is best for our health and for our economy, and urban vegetable gardens should be encouraged, while heavily processed foods and high fructose corn syrup should be banned from our diets, I do applaud Tyson Foods for helping with hunger relief.  It will take all of us, every one of us, to get the US back to where it should be and to see that none of us goes hungry.

  106. freddichavis

    A big thumbs-up for this salutary example of corporate responsibility. Here’s hoping more of America’s business giants follow suit. 

  107. Lenny

    Congrats to Tyson for taking part in this great effort.  And thanks to the Food Bank for all of the wonderful work they do.

  108. Kathy

    If more companies followed Tyson’s example, our country  would not need large government programs to take care of those in need.  We can help each other either as individuals or local groups or large companies.  I like this much better.          Thanks, Tyson!

  109. Selina M

     

    What a fabulous and simple idea this is. Using the power of conversation to help feed people. I love what happened in Boston, community indeed. I hope NYer’s embrace this because no one in this country should be hungry!

  110. TH

    As always but especially now a simple twist of fate could land any of us in need of basic necessities like food. Let’s be thankful for what we have an ever willing to give to others.

  111. Selina M

     

    What a fabulous and simple idea this is. Using the power of conversation to help feed people. I love what happened in Boston, community indeed. I hope NYer’s embrace this because no one in this country should be hungry!

  112. Felipe Mayo

    It’s great that Tyson Foods is stepping forward to help the needy folks in NYC!!  Being from Arkansas, we see the genorostiy of Tyson Foods & their Great Employees very frequently.  There is not a better Corporation in America!!

  113. Felipe Mayo

    It’s great that Tyson Foods is stepping forward to help the needy folks in NYC!!  Being from Arkansas, we see the genorostiy of Tyson Foods & their Great Employees very frequently.  There is not a better Corporation in America!!

  114. Lynners

    I am glad that a big company has a big enough heart to realize that charity does begin at home. We need to take care of the poor and hungry in this country desperately. Now we need to show the big Insurance companies how this is done!

  115. Sarah

    Thank you Tyson. Good for you being a corporation with an objective bigger than yourselves in these hard times.

  116. Fern Nicholson

     We are blessed to have caring and giving people thinking about our friends and neighbors.

  117. Sara Buckley

    The Food Bank for New York City is an organization that does such important work for those is  need.  Thank you for supporting them and sponsoring your much needed additional help.

  118. Derreth Duncan

    I was at a family shelter today.  The number of residents was 344, 1 adult for every 4 children.  When people are admitted, no matter what hour of the day or night, people get a safe and secure home; and food from their pantry.  Food Bank is the food in that pantry and the food in that home.  These programs are under the fiscal gun and so are the people who need them.  So many thanks for your generosity.  People out there really need the help.   

  119. Joe Ozbolt

     

    I’m not really quite sure what I should write, but I will say that it is a pity that NYC has so many people worried about food.  I hope that you all get the 350 comments needed to have food donated.  May God Bless.

    -Joe

  120. Chris Kieff

    I don’t understand why people allow their shame to cause them to be hungry.  If you need food go ask someone good like the FoodBank of NYC.  The fact that people allow their pride to overvcome their good sense is thing we should learn how to teach beyond in the schools.

  121. Robert Smithson

     

    You only have to go hungry ‘once in your life’ to realize the importance of a Food Bank.   All you have to do is ask for assistance…it’s that easy.

  122. Suki Fuller

    I was going to leave an essay comment with each word as one comment but thought that might be just too rude. Instead – excellent.

  123. Jennifer Calsada

    Thank you Tyson!! It is encouraging to know that even in times like these there are still organizations that are willing to give to and support others. Keep up the great work!

  124. Denise Lanuti

     

    I am so glad to see someone as big as Tyson taking the time and putting the energy forth to help the people of our nation.

    It seems like a very sad state of affairs in America at this time, and the cold temperatures and high heating bills don’t help.

    Thank you Tyson for lending a hand to those in need.

     

  125. Kelly

    Thanks for consolidating your operations and shutting down your plant in my hometown after you bought it out.  This 100 lbs. of food is only a small repayment.

  126. KATHLEEN

    Thank you for your help for my city.- we really need & appreciate it!.   Once I viewed the story on ABC last month, I made a donation.  It was so simple – more people need to be aware of other’s misfortunes.  Please keep up this great work!

  127. Jacqueline King

    Will definitely forward this link to co-workers and friends to help Food Bank of NY.

    Hopefully, between now and January 31, will be 350 comments! 

    Thank you Food Bank NY and Tyson.

  128. Michael Farver

     

    The generosity of Tyson as a corporate citizen is only matched by the quality of the amazing people who work within the organization for social justice. Fight the good fight, Ed, et al!

    Tonight, it’s Tyson on the grill!

  129. Stacey

    I think this is a great idea! 

    I have been working at a nonprofit organization that develops implements and advocates dynamic solutions to prevent disease and improve community health. We conduct comprehensive research providing insight on public health issues, create and manage community health programs, and provide services to organizations to address public health challenges.
     

    We need to do more to help people get all the services they need and in that, getting food on the table is very important.  I support the efforts of the Food Bank for NYC as they work to educate New Yorkers about the availability of affordable health and nutrition services and Food Stamps etc.

    Every bit of support families can get contributes to their ability to feed themselves and to become more self-sufficient.  Thank you, Tyson for being such a valiant corporate partner in this fight against hunger.

     

  130. Melody

    The numbers are staggering!  The need for food is so basic that it is embarassing to live in a city and nation of such wealth yet have people experience hunger.  Thank you, Tyson Foods, for partnering with the Food Bank!

  131. Shawn Stratton

     

    I find it great that Tyson is doing something like this, but the question becomes why just New York?  We have a Tyson plant less than 50 miles from where I live (this plant would be in Ellijay, GA) and I’m well aware that the area food banks and the such are feeling hard hit since our area’s economy was mostly based on construction, real estate, and tourism.  By all means Tyson, do your best, but push an initiative for all food related companies to up what they are doing to help the community.

     

    -Shawn Stratton

  132. Jenny

    The support of companies like Tyson is vital to the missions of nonprofit organizations.  It’s great that Tyson is holding this promotion and supporting New Yorkers at risk of hunger!

    Everyone should pass this promotion onto their friends, so we can get up to the maximum poundage!

  133. nancy cooperstein charney

    Would you let me know please where I might deliver boxes of canned and other non-perishable foods?I would like to collect them in my building, and neighborhood, but don’t knew where to bring them. Many of us want to help on a daily basis but need some help from you as to how to do so.Thanking you for the good work you do.

     

  134. Kristina

     

    I have read some wonderful things today regarding our fellow Americans helping each other out during these uncertain times we are living in. I want to say thank you to Tyson and all supporters for making this campaign possible. It’s great. Glad to see someone lending a helping hand ~ reminding us that we really are all in this together.

  135. Miki Fiegel

    Our food pantries empty halfway through the month.  They have to limit the number of times a hungry person can get food.  Thousands of NYC children only get the food served at school to provide nourshment for the entire day.  Food stamps are insufficient since the amount of money does not cover a family’s needs.  We are in a crisis.  Thank you Tyson Foods for your generosity.  I hope it will spur other major food companies to join your campaign against hunger.

  136. nancy cooperstein charney

    Would you let me know please where I might deliver boxes of canned and other non-perishable foods?

    I would like to collect them in my building, and neighborhood, but don’t knew where to bring them.  Many of us want to help on a daily basis but need some help from you as to how to do it.

    Thanks

    nccharney@aol.com

  137. Mark Armstrong

    Tyson is one of the few companies that continues to support Food Banks and deliver real generosity throughout the country.  We are very honored to have benefited from Tyson Food’s goodwill. The North Texas Food Bank sends our support for the NYCFB and hoping for the best in these tough economic times.

    Thank you Tyson Foods, for all you do with Hunger Relief.

    Sincerely,

    The North Texas Food Bank

  138. Donna Tocci

    "Close to half of all seniors living in New York City (47 percent) experience difficulty affording food"

    This and the other statistics are staggering and sad.  Thanks for doing something about it – and using social media to do it!  Bravo.

  139. Sarah

     

    This is a great campaign. Let’s make sure donated food provides nutrients to those in need. Keep it healthy and we’ll get out of this mess as stronger people and a stronger community.

  140. Eric

    Tyson’s actions are helping to improve the lives of many Americans who are not as fortunate as the rest of us. We should support and applaud their spirit and continue to be thankful for what we have.

  141. Hope Clements

     

    This is a great effort on the part of a corporation to assist people in need.  Thank you Tyson.

  142. M. Morrissette

     This is a great initiative, and a smart way to use the power of publicity. I’m more than happy, in a good cause, to be a volunteer in the Tyson marketing department!

  143. Father Mark Hummell

    I know that our lines in the Ascension Outreach food pantry continue to grow, and we appreciate and rely on the good work of the Food Bank.  Thank you Tyson for helping to feed New Yorkers.

    Father Mark Hummell

    Ascension Outreach

    12 West 11th Street

    New York, NY  10011

  144. Greg

    In addition to helping feed New Yorkers, the Food Bank for NYC is also helping provide free tax preparation assistance in our neighborhoods in the Bronx. Thanks!

  145. py

    What a great initiative! Tyson is a company that truly understands the meaning of social responsibility. I hope you continue to provide assitance to help with poverty and hunger issues.

  146. Peter

     

    Thank you Tyson Foods for this amazing effort. The Food Bank for New York City is an outstanding organization and we are a better city for their help.

  147. Diana

    A little or a lot, we should all do what we can to support our local food banks. You never know when it might be YOU who is the hungry one! Bring it!

  148. resa

    It is good to see companies giving to community organizations. Let’s hope that this inspires other large companies give to those in need. No one in this country should be with out food!

  149. Patricia Bernstein

     

    As the struggle to afford food gets more and more difficult, it’s good to know that there are those who are trying to help. Thanks, Tyson. Maybe other companies will have compassion on the people who are struggling and follow your lead.

  150. Herb Schneider

    It is heartwarming to see a well known, brand name company go beyond mere lip sevice interest and take action to show that they care for people in need.  It is not beyond the realm of possibility that any one of us might face dire circumstances at some time in the future; I know how grateful I would be for any assistance.

    I would like Tyson to know that I will preferentially purchase their brand when feasible.

    Herb

  151. Miki Fiegel

    Our food pantries empty halfway through the month.  They have to limit the number of times a hungry person can get food.  Thousands of NYC children only get the food served at school to provide nourshment for the entire day.  Food stamps are insufficient since the amount of money does not cover a family’s needs.  We are in a crisis.  Thank you Tyson Foods for your generosity.  I hope it will spur other major food companies to join your campaign against hunger.

  152. Miki Fiegel

    Our food pantries empty halfway through the month.  They have to limit the number of times a hungry person can get food.  Thousands of NYC children only get the food served at school to provide nourshment for the entire day.  Food stamps are insufficient since the amount of money does not cover a family’s needs.  We are in a crisis.  Thank you Tyson Foods for your generosity.  I hope it will spur other major food companies to join your campaign against hunger.

  153. Greg

    In addition to helping feed New Yorkers, the Food Bank for NYC is also helping provide free tax preparation assistance in our neighborhoods in the Bronx. Thanks!

  154. Nick

    With a growing population of hungry people in New York City, it’s essential that you support the Food Bank. Keep up the good work Tyson!

  155. Jane

     

    A great cause.  Great to see a company doing something really positive during these tough economic times.

  156. Lindsay Carpenter

     

    Working in food service, seeing the help given by one of our major suppliers couldn’t come at a more critical time — great effort from Tyson!!

  157. Jim Picinich

     

    Chicken is one of America’s favorite dishes and your efforts to deliver chicken to the needy is most admirable.  I will remember your kindness when next I go shopping.

  158. yvonne torres

    this is a great idea considering our economic problems and the many people who are feeling the crunch!

  159. Danielle

     

    It’s great to have this opppertunity to help feed hungry folks by simply commenting on a blog!

  160. Denise

    Thanks Tyson for donating to causes that decrease poverty and hunger and thank you Food Bank of NY for working so hard to obtain and provide help to those in need.  Keep the good work!

  161. Shani

    New York is very lucky to have The Food Bank. I’m glad to have been part of the campaign to raise $1 Million since food pantries and related organizations were so hard hit in 2008.

  162. foodbankfan

    The Food Bank’s work is more important than ever!! Keep up the great work! And thanks Tyson!

  163. Diane Samuels

    This is a wonderful initiative, especially in these difficult economic times. Keep up the good work, Tyson!

  164. Kadi

    Doing my best to help support this effort….Kudos to you, Tyson, for helping out with one of the best charities in NYC!!

  165. Donna

    Thanks, Tyson! I regularly support the Food Bank for New York City, and people need help more now than ever. I do wish more folks knew how to prepare healthful, tasty, and inexpensive food for themselves at home. Start with a bag of beans, some onions and garlic, a bit of tomato paste or canned tomato sauce, a dash or two of vinegar, and some dried herbs like oregano or thyme, to make a wonderful, filling, cheap dish. Some people don’t like to eat beans because of the, ahem, side effects, but I find it helps if you do the quick-soak method (boiling) rather than soaking overnight. Boiling for the recommended time, soaking, then draining and using fresh water to cook the beans removes more of the substances that produce gas.

  166. carleton dukess

     

    Tyson is an example of what big business can do when some thought is given to needs other than the bottomline. Tyson is to be congratulated.

  167. Suzanne G. Davis

    Dear Tyson and Food Bank people:

    With so much hunger as a regular part of life for so many New Yorkers each day,  there is an unprecedented  need for action.  Both of your organizations deserve great thanks for all that you are doing to help ease the plight of hungry New Yorkers!

    Suzanne 

  168. Risa

    We must support those who are hungry.  It is a basic need, not a privilege to eat, and we must work as a community to provide food and resources for those in need.  Thank you, Tyson for making a corporate commitment to those in need.

  169. Abbey O.

         The Food Bank of New York exists for a great cause and thank you for being part of the cause and making the vision a reality. During this time of challenging economic times and severe cold weather, The Food Bank needs all the support it can get to be able to accomplish it’s mission. Thank you once again for being part of a great cause!!!

  170. Ashley Goforth

        Too many people go hungry in this world. The Food Bank For New York City not only helps put food into the mouths of hungry New Yorkers, they also improve the quality of life through education, financial empowerment and research. Thank you Tyson, for making a great effort to end hunger!

  171. Dolores

    Please get involved!  Giving is the best gift.

    Hunger should not be in our vocabulary

    Tyson Foods, thanks for your donation to this great cause.

  172. Ashley Goforth

        Too many people go hungry in this world. The Food Bank For New York City not only helps put food into the mouths of hungry New Yorkers, they also improve the quality of life through education, financial empowerment and research. Thank you Tyson, for making a great effort to end hunger!

  173. Joan Phillips

    IWe are a Team (THE B.O.S.S.E.S. (By Our Steadfast Support Everyone Succeeds)  that will host an event on January 19th and our goal is to collect 1,000

    cans and dry goods. This is for the USA Serves Renew America Together.

      However we won’t stop there we are planning to do this on a monthly basis. 

    Together we will conquer!!!

  174. Joshua S

    We all have to help where we can–thanks to Tyson for chipping in where they can. Its a call to everyone–retailers (WALMART hello??), big food producers, governments–to make sure that we can feed our citizens.

    For the new administration, its time to think about sustainable food policies–local food, more domestic production, not just of corn (which is increasingly diverted to cash crop ethanol) and wheat. Fresh food should be CHEAPER than processed food, not more expensive… and people need to look at their eating habits and develop long term sustainable, healthy, habits…

  175. Ashley Goforth

        Too many people go hungry in this world. The Food Bank For New York City not only helps put food into the mouths of hungry New Yorkers, they also improve the quality of life through education, financial empowerment and research. Thank you Tyson, for making a great effort to end hunger!

  176. Ann

     

    Thank you for donating this food.  There has been a huge increase at the food pantry we operate in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. So far, we have been very fortunate to keep up with the demand, but it is a day-by-day situation.  The food arrives, we give it out, we pray we can get some more food in time for the next pantry day.  Your gift to the Food Bank will go a long way toward helping pantries like ours continue to feed hungry New Yorkers.

  177. Laura

         This is a great thing you are doing.  So many people struggle in hard economic times but going hungry should never happen to people.

  178. Laura

     

    I see these statistics in the faces of those on line at a local soup kitchen. It’s wonderful that Tysons is making such a powerful effort to combat the effects of hunger. Thank you, Tysons and thank you, Food Bank for New York City!

  179. Alison

         Thank you for helping the Food Bank of NYC and all of the needy people out there. They need your support!

  180. Margrethe

    New Yorkers are meeting working families looking for pantries and soup kitchens open after-hours and on the weekends. Many are unaware that the resources exist and most are embarassed to ask. Thank you for supporting the Food Bank For New York City in helping emergency food providers supply food for those in need.

  181. Kristin Flood

    With the economy the way it is, it’s more important than ever to support local food banks.  Kudos to Tyson for supporting these efforts.

  182. Kelly

     

    I’m not a New Yorker, but no city is any different than the described situation. Costs in any city are escalating out of control and it is understandable that people are living hand to mouth in NYC.

    I once saw a B&W commercial which portrayed the poverty on the streets of NYC. The music, "New York, New York." Remember, it’s up to you.

  183. Melanie

    Thank you for providing for the hungry. Its a chronic issue in today’s society and one that many of us try to avoid thinking it would never happen to me and that its their fault. But the way the economy is going, many Americans may have to depend on services like Food Banks to get through their work weeks.

    Thank you so much for your help and dedication.

  184. Judy

     

    I am totally impressed that a company like Tyson’s does this type of work for the hungry.  We are all in this together help feed them together!!!

  185. John Leggio

    The line at my local soup kitchen gets longer and longer every day. I make an effort to chat with those on the line while I walk past on my way to work. Many remark on how difficult it is to afford food. They sigh in relief as the Food Bank for NYC 18 wheeler rolls up and begins unloading food.

  186. Christin Thankachan

      As the major hunger-relief organization for New York City, the Food Bank works to end food poverty and increase access to affordable, nutritious food for low-income New Yorkers throughout New York’s five boroughs. In addition to acquiring and distributing food to a citywide network of more than 1,000 food assistance programs, the Food Bank provides Direct Service, Education & Nutrition, Financial Empowerment and Disaster Relief Programs.

  187. Daniel Buckley

     

    On behalf of the Food Bank For New York City, thank you for this great campaign! With 4 million New Yorkers experiencing difficulty affording food, support like this is needed now more than ever.

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