We’re Fighting Hunger in the Big Apple—With Your Help!October 29th, 2018
We’re excited to announce a new partnership with Food Bank For New York City! For the entire month of November, all donations at checkout will be gifted to the Food Bank. Thrive Market is proud to be the first online retailer to participate in the Food Bank’s largest annual fundraiser “Checkout Hunger” which supports its programs throughout the city. For every dollar donated during the Checkout Hunger campaign, five meals will be provided for New Yorkers in need. Keep reading to learn more!
Hunger doesn’t take a holiday, and this season 2.6 million New Yorkers (approximately 1 in 5 children and 1 in 5 seniors) may struggle to afford food for themselves and their families. That’s why Thrive Market is teaming up with the Food Bank For New York City, and we need your help!
The Food Bank has been addressing hunger in the Big Apple for the past 35 years. “Many times where the need is the greatest, the local charities built to serve their communities are under-resourced, and that shapes the very nature of our priorities and programming,” Communications Director Joana Acosta shared. “We provide local charities with more than food because there’s such an overwhelming need.”
The organization works to develop policies and conduct research to benefit the most vulnerable, and provides food and nutrition resources in all five boroughs:
- Nutrition education to over 50,000 public school students and their parents
- Community nutritionists provide recipes and outreach via member agencies
- Local pantries designed with “healthy nudges,” which encourage wholesome options like whole wheat pasta or brown rice at eye level, empowering families to make decisions that best suit their needs.
Leveraging its network of 1,000 charity partners like senior centers, soup kitchens, and local colleges—plus volunteers who serve at its warehouses in Hunts Point and community kitchen in West Harlem—helps the Food Bank provide more than 58 million free meals for New Yorkers annually.
“If it weren’t for public policies designed to reduce food insecurity, our city’s hunger problem would be unimaginable.”
“If it weren’t for public policies designed to reduce food insecurity, our city’s hunger problem would be unimaginable,” Joana shared. At the federal level, the Food Bank partners with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), which serves as our nation’s first line of defense against hunger.
Every year, SNAP enables New Yorkers to buy nearly $3 billion in groceries, and every 10 weeks, SNAP provides more meals to low-income locals than the Food Bank’s entire network of soup kitchens and food pantries does in an entire year. “Because we’re a food bank, we work hard to educate and engage New Yorkers in protecting our safety net against hunger—charity can’t replace the resources that the government provides.”
How You Can Help
If you’re eager to give back this holiday, we have an easy way to do it! For the month of November, all donations made at checkout will go directly to the Food Bank For New York City and its Checkout Hunger campaign.
- Step 1: Fill your cart at ThriveMarket.com
- Step 2: Donate a portion of your savings at checkout
Interested in sending dry goods? The Food Bank is in need of ready-to-eat items, and foods rich in protein.
NYC-based Thrive Market members can also volunteer for one of 150 projects each month. Check out the opportunities here!