Today the Food Bank For New York City helps provide over 200,000 meals every day to New Yorkers at risk of going hungry. The Food Bank houses a modern 100,000 square foot warehouse—including a cooler and freezer for perishable products—located in the Hunts Point Cooperative Market in the Bronx, the world's largest food distribution complex. A full-delivery operation, the Food Bank dispatches 10-12 tractor-trailers daily to deliver food to programs across the city.
While there was an absolute need for a food bank, we had to tap into every connection possible to make it happen. The Fund for the City of New York was pivotal in helping to raise money, find space, develop a network for food distribution and assume back office operations. Nobody would have foreseen that we would go in 1983, when the Fund helped launch the Food Bank, from distributing 500 thousand pounds of food through 95 soup kitchens and distributing emergency food to providing 61 million pounds through over one thousand programs today.
– Dr. Lucy Cabrera, President and CEO, Food Bank For New York City