Food Bank For New York City Kicks Off 25th Anniversary with a Star-Studded Tribute...

Thu Feb 28, 2008 2:16pm EST

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Food Bank For New York City Kicks Off 25th Anniversary with a Star-Studded
Tribute to Raise Funds for Hunger Relief at 5th Annual Can-Do Awards Dinner
Gwyneth Paltrow, Helena Christensen, MTV Networks, Acosta Sales and Marketing
Company, and West Side Campaign Against Hunger will be Honored

    NEW YORK, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- On Monday, April 7th, Food Bank For New
York City will celebrate its 5th Annual Can-Do Awards Dinner hosted by Stanley
Tucci at Abigail Kirsch's Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City.  The
event is proud to be honoring Gwyneth Paltrow, Helena Christensen, MTV
Networks, Acosta Sales and Marketing Company, and West Side Campaign Against
Hunger for their commitment to hunger relief.  Mario Batali and Susan Cahn
will co-chair the event and Piers Davies of Christie's will auctioneer.  The
evening will include cocktails at 6pm, followed by dinner, awards, a live
auction and musical performances.
    "Recognizing that everyone 'can do' something to end hunger, we are proud
to kick off the Food Bank's 25th anniversary with such an impressive and
diverse line-up of honorees.   Hunger is an on-going concern in New York City
and we are so grateful to those who are dedicated to helping others in need,"
says Lucy Cabrera, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Food Bank For New York
City.  "We are fortunate to count on the support of the entertainment industry
and our community to keep our programs alive and to provide not only food for
the hungry but for awareness to those who can help.  Together we can end
hunger."
    Food Bank For New York City recognizes 25 years as the city's major
provider of food to New Yorkers in need.  In conjunction with its subsidiary
organization, FoodChange, the Food Bank works to end hunger and increase
access to affordable, nutritious food for low-income New Yorkers through a
range of programs and services that focus on nutrition, education and
financial empowerment.
    The Food Bank procures and distributes food to 1.3 million New Yorkers
through approximately 1,000 emergency and community food programs throughout
the five boroughs. The organization provides food safety, networking and
capacity-building workshops; manages nutrition education programs for schools,
after-school and emergency food programs; operates food stamp outreach and
education programs; operates senior programs, a soup kitchen, and food pantry;
coordinates the largest Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program in the
country; and conducts research and develops policy to inform community and
government efforts to end hunger throughout the five boroughs.  For additional
information, go to www.foodbanknyc.org
    Tickets start at $500 and can be purchased by calling 212.249.6188 or by
emailing benefitoffice@foodbanknyc.org.
SOURCE  Food Bank For New York City

Mary Kaye Daniels, +1-212-901-3938, marykaye.daniels@bwr-ny.com, or Megan
Miller, +1-212-901-3929, megan.miller@bwr-ny.com, or Stacy Brock,
+1-212-901-3943, stacy.brock@bwr-ny.com, all for Food Bank For New York City
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