FeedingNYC’s 15-Year Anniversary: Help New Yorkers in Need Celebrate Thanksgiving
Helping others is a cornerstone of our company and a year-long endeavor. Particularly around the holidays, our thoughts turn to those less fortunate, and we use this time of reflection to give back to our communities. In the spirit of our core value, one Thanksgiving tradition of the New York offices is to join forces for FeedingNYC — which will take place on Tuesday, November 22.
While many of us are anticipating a big turkey dinner and being surrounded by the people we love, that won’t be the case for many New Yorkers. More than 16% of New York City residents are food-insecure (for comparison, the national average is 13%), meaning 1.4 million people in the metro area alone lack reliable access to affordable food. They don’t always know where their next meal will come from.
FeedingNYC helps families in local shelters celebrate Thanksgiving. The nonprofit was launched by LivePerson founder and CEO, Rob LoCascio, directly following the terror attacks of 9/11. He wanted to give back to the incredible community that is New York City during a time of great uncertainty. In 2001, a small group of volunteers got together to hand-deliver just 40 Thanksgiving dinners to a shelter for abused women and children in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan.
The initiative has only grown from there. To date, FeedingNYC has provided upwards of 40,000 meals to local shelters and even expanded to Atlanta over the summer. Last year, we raised $23,000 for the cause, feeding more than 650 families across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. And this year, we’ve set our sights even higher. Now for its 15-year anniversary, we’re gearing up for the most successful FeedingNYC yet.
Just $35 gives a family a full turkey dinner, dressed up with all the trimmings — stuffing, gravy, vegetable sides, juice, and dessert. It’s a small price to pay for the smiles it can bring to a family. And it’s more than just a hot meal on the holiday. It’s knowing people care.
Check out the video (below) featuring New York’s youth discussing how we can help our community over the holiday and why it’s so important.
It takes a village: Here’s how you can help.
- Volunteer. Every year, hundreds of people show up on-site at Chelsea Piers to assemble and pack boxes. Volunteers arrive as early as 5 a.m., just as the overnight unloading crew heads home, and work through the morning until the last van is on its way out. If you’re interested in volunteering, click here.
- Donate. FeedingNYC wouldn’t be possible without the generous donations of the people of New York City and beyond. Thirty-five dollars can do a world of good for a family and make it a special Thanksgiving they’ll remember for years. To adopt a box — or donate any amount — click here.
We New Yorkers know all too well that hunger and homelessness are serious issues that need to be addressed. It’s why we must take action not only over Thanksgiving but also year-round. To learn how you can help out, visit the Coalition for the Homeless.