Deb Gordon’s guest was Allyson Sherman, Chief Development Officer, External Relations at The Food Bank For New York City which was founded in 1983 to address the growing needs of people seeking emergency food assistance in New York City. The Food Bank has grown to become one of the country’s largest food banks, and annually serves over 1.5 million New Yorkers who experience difficulty affording food.
Ms. Sherman discussed the organization’s efforts to work on long term solutions to hunger and attack the issue by focusing not only on food distribution, but also on income support, nutrition education and research. Towards that end, Ms. Sherman provided information about some of the Food Bank programs which offer direct service and outreach to low income new Yorkers, many of whom do work, but have difficulty making ends meet. During this time of year, the Food Bank also offers free income tax services to the working poor and provides tax education regarding Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) they’re entitled to which helps them achieve greater dignity and independence.