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The Campaign Against Hunger (TCAH) along with elected officials, The Brooklyn Nets, Emblem Health, and partners hosted a Thanksgiving food distribution event, giving away turkeys, fresh produce, groceries, and more on Thursday.

Rising food costs and 40-year high inflation has caused many New Yorkers to turn to emergency providers like TCAH for support. Although Thanksgiving is a time of celebration over food with family, thousands of New Yorkers are unable to afford a turkey and put food on their tables.

“Thanksgiving is a special time of the year for many of us. We look forward to cooking, making travel preparations and accommodations, and sitting at the table with our loved ones. It’s a time of gratitude, rest, and reflection which we could all use with all we’ve had to contend with this year. Sadly, for many of our neighbors, they cannot put food on their tables,” said Dr. Melony Samuels, CEO and Founder of The Campaign Against Hunger. “We want food to be the least of their worries on Thanksgiving Day.”

TCAH’s annual Thanksgiving distribution event in Brooklyn brings together TCAH’s staff, Board, donors, elected officials, and partner and community organizations in service while spreading goodwill and holiday cheer.

“When people think of Thanksgiving, they generally think of spending time with their loved ones, a family meal and expressing gratitude for their blessings,” Assemblywoman Latrice Walker said. “At the same time, we also need to remember the people who are struggling to put food on the table. Many of our neighbors were particularly hard hit by the pandemic, rising food costs and the persistence of poverty. I am happy to support The Campaign Against Hunger and partners in this tremendous effort to feed 1,200 members of our community.”

“During this tumultuous economic period in our country, a concerted effort to end food deserts and address food insecurities is critical to the health of our communities and New York City,” said Beth Leonard, EmblemHealth’s Chief Corporate Affairs Officer. “EmblemHealth is proud to once again partner with The Campaign Against Hunger to provide a sustainable, community-based approach to feeding our city for the Holidays and for years to come.

TCAH has been in operation for 24 years empowering New Yorkers to lead healthier, more productive, and self- sufficient lives. Their Covid19 community impact reflects serving over 2.1 million individuals and providing over 35,000,000 nutritious meals. TCAH continues to actively serve New Yorkers struggling with food and economic security through its food distribution initiatives and a host of other needful services.

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