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A Visit to Food Bank For New York City
My family and I had an interesting opportunity lately. We got to visit and tour Food Bank For New York City. This was the last day of our family vacation which was also a work trip for me so ending it with this experience was really an eye opener for my children.
I was formerly on the board of directors at the Atlanta Community Food Bank plus I helped to organize several Share Our Strength events. So I have some experience working on behalf of the cause of child hunger.
I was honored to be given a tour along with my family of Food Bank and the people who work there were wonderful. They were kind, compassionate and they knew what they were doing. They let us ask all of our questions and showed how us they do what they do every year.
Food Bank For New York City has been the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs for more than 30 years. Nearly one in five New Yorkers relies on Food Bank for food and other resources. Food Bank’s nutrition education programs and services empower more than 275,000 children, teens and adults to sustain a healthy diet on a low budget.
Food Bank For New York City was founded in 1983 to address the growing needs of people seeking emergency food assistance in New York City. In July 2007, FoodChange, Inc. became a subsidiary of Food Bank.
- Food Bank For New York City provides food for 1.4 million New Yorkers in need.
- They are the largest food bank in North America (in terms of their distribution) and their warehouse is the size of two football fields.
- They distributed 64 million free meals in 2015 which is equal to more than 76 million pounds of food.
- 18 million pounds of produce was distributed by Food Bank For New York City in 2015.
- Food Bank sends its trucks out to deliver to 1,000 charities and schools in the five boroughs. They run 17-21 trucks per day with each truck having 11 stops. They have very sophisticated inventory software that also helps them pack the trucks to maximize efficiency.
Read more about Food Bank For New York City in their 2014 annual report.
I had the chance to interview Dan Cinquemani, VP of Food Distribution for Food Bank For New York City. Mr. Cinquemani brings more than 30 years of experience in the food, warehousing and transportation business. He worked several years within the Walbaums/Great Atlantic Pacific and
Tea Company (A&P) where his responsibilities increased progressively over the years. In his last position with A & P he was the Vice President of Supply & Logistics, where he was responsible for a $280 million warehouse and transportation budget along with ensuring performance and compliance across contracts. Mr. Cinquemani also brings a wealth of knowledge in strategic planning and implementation and disaster recovery and business continuity planning. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus.
OUR INTERVIEW WITH DAN
Dan shared a lot about his previous experience of working with a supermarket which really gave him some great experience for his position at the Food Bank for New York City. He has been able to apply his work experience from that job to really assist Food Bank.
Dan shared a story of a family that came directly to Food Bank a few years ago. Food Bank is more like the wholesaler of food and the places they take the food to distribute it to those who need it. The family consisted of two mothers along with several kids including one in a wheelchair. They walked over two hours after finding Food Bank's address online. When they got there, the people who work at Food Bank rallied to find them food and really took care of them. It is this compassion that drives the majority of Food Bank employees.
Our final question that we asked Dan Cinquemani, VP of Food Distribution at Food Bank For New York City was, “In your opinion, what’s one small thing that anyone can do to fight child hunger in their community?” He said that one small thing was for people to give their time. Volunteer where they can to help end child hunger.
HOW CAN YOU HELP END CHILD HUNGER?
Are you interested in learning more about how you can help end child hunger and support a Feeding America food bank in your area? Check out our article Things You Can Do Right Now to Help Fight Child Hunger in the US right now!
Also visit the ConAgra Foods Child Hunger Ends Here code entry website enter codes from specially marked packages to help fight food insecurity and child hunger in America. One code entry equals the equivalent of one meal’s cost for a Feeding America food bank.