New York Jets tackle hunger with Food Bank for New York City

11/19/2015, 12:38 p.m.
New York Jets players teamed up with Food Bank for New York to tackle hunger this holiday season.

New York Jets players teamed up with Food Bank for New York to tackle hunger this holiday season. Jets players unload more than 100 turkeys and all the trimmings from Food Bank’s 54-foot tractor trailer. They also stepped into the kitchen to dice, slice and chop, carve the bird and serve a pre-Thanksgiving dinner to more than 600 guests at Food Bank for New York City’s Community Kitchen in Harlem.

One in 5 New Yorkers rely on Food Bank to eat, including 1 in 5 children. Food Bank for New York City’s Community Kitchen & Food Pantry of West Harlem is located at 252 W. 116th St.

During the past year, the Food Bank for New York City has seen the need for emergency food in our city increase. The number of meals that vulnerable New Yorkers are missing because of a lack of sufficient resources tops a staggering 241 million, representing an enormous meal gap. The meal gap, adopted as the city’s official measure of food insecurity, has now been geographically mapped by Food Bank to reveal where hunger lives, enabling Food Bank to allocate resources to areas with the highest need across New York City.