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September 22, 2020


Lincoln Center News


Thursday, September 24, 2020



Amanda Diamond, [email protected], 561-504-6659






Food Bank will distribute meals to hundreds of families as part of Hunger Action Month


**Photo and B-Roll Opportunities On-Site**



NEW YORK – On Thursday, Food Bank For New York City will host a pop-up food pantry at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to distribute fresh produce and shelf-stable items to approximately 500 of New York’s families in need. The distribution will also include donations of frozen meals from Tiller & Hatch, and plant-based protein from Impossible Foods.


Musicians from the New York Philharmonic, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and MET Orchestra Musicians will be on-site to provide music for visitors to enjoy while they wait in line. Thursday’s event will be the second time the cultural center has hosted a mobile food pantry with Food Bank.


SNAP resources will be on-site in addition to NYC Census 2020, who will have enumerators on hand to assist and encourage attendees to complete the 2020 Census if they have not already done so. Voter registration cards will also be available on-site for attendees who need to register.


Before the pandemic, 12.2% of Manhattan residents and 14.6% of children in the Manhattan were food insecure. This has worsened significantly as Manhattan now has a 15.9% unemployment rate, up from 3.7% last year. Additionally, 13% of food pantries and soup kitchens in the Manhattan have closed since the onset of the pandemic.


This distribution is one in a series of pop-up pantries occurring throughout the weeks ahead as part of Hunger Action Month, with the generous support of Seamless and Starbucks. This September, Food Bank is partnering with brands, advocates, influencers, and New Yorkers in the fight to end hunger. Other pop-up locations this month include Barclays Center, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, New York Hall of Science and Yankee Stadium.


With the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic putting many people out of work and rapidly increasing the need for assistance, the demand on the emergency food network has surged. Food Bank For New York City reports that the vast majority of soup kitchens and food pantries have been serving more New Yorkers during the pandemic than they were previously: many agencies have seen their number of visitors double. Even before COVID-19, the demand for food was already high: nearly 1.2 million New Yorkers were already food insecure.




—Food Bank representatives

—New York families


WHEN: Thursday, September 24th

11 AM - 2 PM


WHERE: Lincoln Center

Enter at 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues

New York, NY



NOTE: *Media must wear face coverings and adhere to social distancing guidelines at all times. All crews must be self-contained. Filming may take place on sidewalk areas only. There will be no filming allowed on the Lincoln Center campus.*


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For more information, visit the event page on



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About Food Bank For New York City: Since 1983, Food Bank For New York City has been the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs. Nearly one in five New Yorkers relies on Food Bank for food and other resources. Food Bank takes a strategic, multifaceted approach that provides meals and builds capacity in the neediest communities, while raising awareness and engagement among all New Yorkers. Through its network of more than 1,000 charities and schools citywide, Food Bank provided more than 80 million free meals last year for New Yorkers in need. Food Bank For New York City’s income support services, including food stamps (also known as SNAP) and free tax assistance for the working poor, put nearly $36 million each year into the pockets of New Yorkers, helping them to afford food and achieve greater dignity and independence. Food Bank’s nutrition education programs and services empower more than 50,000 children, teens and adults to sustain a healthy diet and active lifestyle on a limited budget. Working toward long-term solutions to food poverty, Food Bank develops policy and conducts research to inform community and government efforts. To learn more about how you can help, please visit Follow us on Facebook (FoodBank4NYC), Twitter (@FoodBank4NYC) and Instagram (FoodBank4NYC).


About Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is the steward of the world’s leading performing arts center, an artistic and civic cornerstone for New York City comprised of eleven resident companies on a 16-acre campus. The nonprofit’s strategic priorities include: supporting the arts organizations that call Lincoln Center home to realize their missions and fostering opportunities for collaboration across campus; championing inclusion and increasing the accessibility and reach of Lincoln Center’s work; and reimagining and strengthening the performing arts for the 21st century and beyond, helping ensure their rightful place at the center of civic life.





Generous support provided by The Tang Fund


Lincoln Center’s artistic excellence is made possible by the dedication and generosity of our board members.


Public support for Lincoln Center is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Gonzalo Casals, Commissioner, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center




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