Three million New Yorkers are having difficulty affording food, including children, seniors, single mothers, and the working poor. As the only hunger-relief organization that takes a multi-pronged, integrated approach to ending food poverty the Food Bank For New York City is there with a solution. They work through a citywide network of soup kitchens, food pantries, senior centers, classrooms, after-school programs and more to serve New York City’s most vulnerable populations. One in every five New Yorkers relies on the Food Bank for food, resources, and nutrition education to help them lead and sustain healthy lifestyles.
One in every five New Yorkers relies on the Food Bank for food, resources, and nutrition education to help them lead and sustain healthy lifestyles.
Mario and his wife, Susan, have been dedicated Food Bank supporters for more than 20 years. Mario has served on the Board of Directors since 2003, and he was honored for his unwavering support at the Food Bank’s Annual 2004 Can-Do Awards. He and Susan have co-chaired the Food Bank’s Can-Do Awards Dinner every year following, and have helped to raise nearly $8 million dollars through this high-profile event.
By continually playing an active role in helping the organization forge bonds within the hospitality and entertainment industries, Mario helps the Food Bank collaborate with a number of influential corporate and culinary partners, providing funds, public awareness and additional support for the organization. He founded and chairs the Food Bank’s Culinary Council, orchestrated “Magic, Martinis and Mario,” a dynamic event to help support the Food Bank, and partnered with Num Pang Sandwich Shoo to help raise funds for hunger relief.
The Mario Batali Foundation partnered with the Food Bank in funding the pilot of a Community CookShop series, which coaches participants on how to shop for and cook the best quality food for the lowest cost. This program is modeled on Cook