Fighting Food Insecurity
Food insecurity affects 1.5 million New Yorkers.
BCNY is working to address this crisis in our clubhouses and communities.
Many New Yorkers were already experiencing food insecurity before COVID-19 hit, and as the virus has impacted our daily lives, over 20% of our friends and neighbors have experienced unemployment. A report from City Harvest states that food insecurity is projected to increase by at least 38% this year. This means 1.5 million people are struggling to put food on the table.
BCNY is not only committed to standing by our friends and neighbors during this difficult time, but to fighting food insecurity all year long.
BCNY’s Nutrition Program uses innovative and age-appropriate methods to bring long-term healthy eating habits and cooking skills to the young men we serve. This training is not only used in our Chef It Up and Culinary Kings competitions, but at home, where we encourage members to teach new skills and recipes to their families.
We also provide meals and snacks for members and families involved in clubhouse activities, to remove any barriers that would prevent them from participating. Some of these activities include sleepaway camp in Harriman State Park, High School Access, and Youth Council.
And for the last 5 years, we have been supporting our communities with our Thanksgiving Drive. Our goal this year is to provide 1,500 New York City families with everything they need to put a Thanksgiving meal on the table.
Distribution for the 5th Annual Gerry Clubhouse Thanksgiving Drive will take place on Saturday, November 21st. This initiative not only helps us provide families across New York City with a full Thanksgiving dinner, but it empowers our members to be leaders in their community during this difficult time.