FeedingNYC: 38,000 Meals and Counting
As I watched 300 volunteers assemble Thanksgiving meals, load trucks, and hand-deliver boxes for FeedingNYC on November 25th, I fully understood LivePerson’s mission to create meaningful connections. Volunteers gathered as early as 5:30 a.m.—some even worked overnight shifts—at Chelsea Piers to pack and load individual boxes of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, corn and apple juice, for families in need across New York City. By 11 a.m., six trucks and vans of volunteers were on the road with 3,100 boxes for delivery at 39 shelters partnered with Women in Need, Jewish Federation, Catholic Charities, and City Harvest, in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn.
While my team created an assembly line from moving the 738 boxes off the trucks onto dollies to eight shelters in Brooklyn, several shelter recipients showered us with gratitude for our time and dedication. After delivery completion, my team met with the shelter directors who discussed how their services, including domestic violence outreach and workforce development, impact local communities.
“When that turkey gets delivered, you see the smile on the family and you see how grateful people are. And you realize for $35—that’s the cost of the turkey and all the trimmings—you can change someone’s life.”
—Robert LoCascio, Founder of FeedingNYC and LivePerson CEO
The impact of FeedingNYC extended well beyond the shelter recipients. The volunteers were equally as grateful for their experience.
For Pernell S. Brice III, director of entrepreneurial programs at The Dream Big Foundation, who helped spearhead FeedingNYC with LivePerson, the most rewarding part of the event was “witnessing the energy, excitement, enthusiasm of the volunteers, as well as the appreciation and gratitude of the FeedingNYC Thanksgiving Box recipients.”
FeedingNYC inspired some volunteers, such as Shirley Politzer, major account manager at LivePerson and one of the day’s van captains, to expand her volunteer efforts beyond the Thanksgiving drive.
“I think it would be more meaningful for me personally to take it to the next level and volunteer my time. That way I am empowering myself and creating a personal connection that will benefit both me and others directly,” said Politzer. “It’s the beginning of a process. It shouldn’t end at giving a turkey dinner.”
FeedingNYC is an annual event that takes place the Tuesday before every Thanksgiving. Follow FeedingNYC on Facebook to stay in touch with our team as plans are put in place for the 2015 event taking place on Tuesday, November 24, 2015.
Since FeedingNYC’s inception in 2001, the annual Thanksgiving charity event has delivered nearly 38,000 dinners to shelters as a result of the generosity from FeedingNYC partners, sponsors, and crowdsourced funding.
Special thanks to our generous sponsors: BDO, EisnerAmper LLP, FlatRate Moving, CC Rentals, Gansevoort Hotel Group, Heffernan Insurance Brokers, Joyride Coffee, Manhattan Mini Storage, McGladrey LLP, Monster Savings, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Pier Sixty The Lighthouse, Proskauer Rose LLP, StructuredWeb, Wegmans, William Gallagher Associates, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, and The Centurion Group.