Food Bank For New York City — the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs — raised more than two million dollars last evening, with donations still coming in, at the organizations star-studded, 13thAnnual Can Do Awards Dinner, presented by Bank of America at Cipriani Wall Street. Tom Colicchio and Lori Silverbush, Stavros Niarchos Foundation and Sandra Lee-Simply Living Publishing were honored for their commitment to hunger relief. Mario Batali, Carla Hall and Daphne Oz of ABC’s ‘The Chew” emceed the event. Mario Batali and Susan Cahn, long time Food Bank supporters and the 2013 Can Do Honorees, served as Honorary Chairs.
More than 600 people came out to support Food Bank For New York City in the fight against hunger, including Nashville’s Grammy Award-winning country music group and ACM Vocal Group of The Year, Little Big Town, who brought the house down. Presenters for the evening included award-winning musician, producer and actor, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, TODAY’s Erica Hill and Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman. Notable attendees included Jon Bon Jovi, Michael J. Fox, Tracy Pollan, Michael Strahan, Rachael Ray, Steve Higgins, Paul Sorvino, Mike Mills, Lauren Bush Lauren, Jill Hennessey, Ted Allen, Anne Burrell, Gabriele Corcos, Gail Simmons, Kelly Bensimon, Selita Ebanks, Jill Martin, Kelly Ford, Michael Schlow, Franklin Becker, Nia Sanchez, Lisa Ramos, Jeff Mauro, Joy Bauer, Rene Lopez, Melanie Dunea, and many more.
“Food Bank For New York City is honored to have the support of our extraordinary partners and honorees as we strive to provide New Yorkers in need with access to food and services,” said Margarette Purvis, President and CEO of Food Bank For New York City. “We will continue to work hard to earn the right to be the recipients of your best intentions for our city. We thank you for choosing to invest in us tonight, and until we are victorious – when no New Yorker is denied access to healthy, nutritious food.”
The Can Do Awards Dinner is instrumental in helping provide support for the 1.5 million New Yorkers who rely on Food Bank programs and services, including one in five children. New York’s most vulnerable families have lost more than 56 million meals as a result of the November 2013 cuts to SNAP (formerly known as food stamps). Food pantries and soup kitchens have confronted additional need without an adequate supply of food. Can Do celebrates what each of us ‘CAN DO’ to help fight hunger in New York City. Since their inception, the Can Do Awards have raised more than 12 million dollars, helping to provide 60 million meals for New Yorkers in need. Every dollar donated to Food Bank For New York City helps provide five meals.