Orange Friday Is The New Black Friday At Food Bank For New York City In Harlem

Because Hunger Doesn’t Take a Holiday …

Post-Thanksgiving meals: The hardest time for New Yorkers in need to find a meal is the day AFTER Thanksgiving when many soup kitchens and charities are closed.

Food Bank For New York City’s Community Kitchen and a team of volunteers are forgoing Black Friday’s tradition of shopping to serve hot meals on “Orange Friday” — Orange is the color of hunger awareness.

“Orange Friday” is Food Bank For New York City‘s alternative to Black Friday — an opportunity to choose service to fellow New Yorkers by providing meals on a day when many food pantries and soup kitchens are closed, and access to needed food may be hard to come by.

Orange Friday comes just days after Food Bank For New York City released the 2018 data snapshot, “Reflections of Hunger from the Front Lines.” This new data analysis concluded that nearly 80% of food pantries and soup kitchens across New York City have seen elevated traffic over the last five years, since funding for SNAP was cut. More than half report running out of food, and 29% have turned people away due to a lack of resources.

The new data snapshot also shows Central Harlem—the location for this year’s Orange Friday day of service—has the highest rate of food insecurity in all of Manhattan: 5,810,190 missing meals.

The new data snapshot also shows Central Harlem—the location for this year’s Orange Friday day of service—has the highest rate of food insecurity in all of Manhattan: 5,810,190 missing meals.

Food Bank serves 1.5 million New Yorkers by distributing 120 meals per minute to a network of 1,000 food pantries and soup kitchens across the city. Volunteers are a critical ingredient: Food Bank relies on 800 volunteers a week to repack food in our warehouse and prepare meals for the community in their Community Kitchen.

To learn more about how you can help, please visit foodbanknyc.org.

Friday, November 23rd, (‘Orange’ Friday), 12-2pm

Food Bank For New York City Community Kitchen & Food Pantry
252 West 116th Street, Harlem

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