One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York City begins distributing 2,500 boxes of food today, each with enough groceries to feed a family of four who qualify for or currently receive aid from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and/or Women, Infants and Children. The distribution will amount to a total of 10,000 meals to be provided free of charge to families throughout all five boroughs over the course of this week.
“The increase in the number of needy families is staggering,” said Fitzgerald Miller, president of One Hundred Black Men. “Our mandate to provide service includes intervening in social issues where we can have a positive impact—hunger is one of those issues.”
According to a recent report from the New York City Coalition Against Hunger: “Food insecurity and hunger remain high throughout New York City, with one in six city residents and one in five children living in homes that couldn’t afford enough food in the 2010-2012 time period.”
On hand for the first delivery in Manhattan to Abyssinian Baptist Church were Miller; Phil Serghini, senior manager, WalMart Stores Inc.; Laura James, community relations manager of UPS-East Region; Abyssinian Baptist Church board member and One Hundred Black Men member Larry Dais; Natasha Lifton, director of the Office of Public and Private Partnerships, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA); Cherine Anderson, assistant director of the Office of Public Private Partnerships, NYCHA; and other community leaders who gathered to assist with distributing food and, hopefully, some cheer to struggling New Yorkers.
“On behalf of our residents in the New York City Housing Authority, let me express great appreciation for the generosity and thoughtfulness of One Hundred Black Men Inc. of New York,” said NYCHA Chairman John Rhea. “Having ample food on the table should brighten the holidays considerably for every family that benefits from these donations.”
“Walmart is thrilled to be able to partner with the 100 Black Men of New York during this holiday season in providing traditional meals for families in New York City,” said Paul Busby, regional general manager and vice president of Walmart stores for the Northeast Division. “Walmart is committed to doing our part to help address issues related to hunger in the United States, and we’ve made a five-year, $2 billion pledge from the Walmart Foundation to support hunger relief programs,” he added.
The family dinners will be distributed through Friday, Dec. 20.
LOCATIONS—THROUGH FRIDAY, DEC. 20
- Abyssinian Baptis Church, 132 Odell Park Place, Harlem
- Manhattanville Houses, 530 W. 133rd St., Harlem
- Greater Allen Cathedral, 11031 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica
- Beach 41st Street Houses, 426 Beach 40th St., Far Rockaway
- Bridge Street AME Church, 277 Stuyvesant Ave., Bedford-Stuyvesant
- Seth Low Houses, 137 Belmont Ave., Brownsville
- South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO), 555 Bergen Ave. (one block east of Third Avenue, between 149th Street and Westchester Avenue), South Bronx
- Sotomayor Houses, 1055 Rosedale Ave. (at Bruckner Boulevard), Bronxdale
- Central Family Life Center, 59 Wright St., Stapleton
- South Beach Community Center, 155 Norway Ave.
In addition to One Hundred Black Men’s hunger relief efforts, Walmart also sponsors its mentoring program, which provides more than 1,400 young people with social, emotional and academic support.
One Hundred Black Men Inc. of New York City worked in collaboration with the NYCHA, Staten Island’s Central Family Life, Brooklyn’s Bridge Street Development Corporation, Queens’ Greater Allen Cathedral and Manhattan’s Abyssinian Baptist Church on this project.
For more information or to support the programs of the organization, call 212-777-7070 or log on to www.ohbm.org and click the “Donate” tab.