The new food bank warehouse will serve as a distribution hub for food donations. It will help the organization meet the increasing demand for food assistance, resulting in more clients. The warehouse will also increase the organization’s capacity to collect, store, and distribute food donations to over 400 member agencies in six counties in the lower Hudson Valley.
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The Food Bank For New York City works to alleviate hunger and provide the resources New Yorkers need to live healthy, productive lives. Its programs and services put $150 million into the pockets of working people in New York each year. By providing these services, the Food Bank helps thousands of New Yorkers afford food and regain a sense of dignity. In addition, the Food Bank’s nutrition education programs equip more than 275,000 individuals with the skills they need to maintain a healthy diet.
The Food Bank of New York City recently acquired new warehouse office space in Manhattan. The organization has been searching for the perfect facility for five years. The new area will help the organization expand its distribution capacity by forty percent. Currently, the Food Bank has only one warehouse for distribution. As a result, it has fewer volunteer opportunities and is experiencing a space crunch.
Currently, the Food Bank owns a 70,000-square-foot warehouse/office facility. This space includes 53,000 square feet of dry storage space, 17 loading/distribution docks, and an 11,000-square-foot freezer. The warehouse is operated by 21 Food Bank employees who work hard to keep it sanitary and organized.
The Hudson Valley Food Bank recently outgrew its current warehouse in Cornwall, New York, and needed a more significant distribution center. The new warehouse would increase its ability to accept, sort, and distribute food donations to its 400 member agencies in six counties in the lower Hudson Valley. A new 40,000-square-foot warehouse would allow the organization to meet the growing demand for food assistance.
The Food Bank of New York has added a night shift to its warehouse kitchen and set up its in-house trucking operation to make deliveries. The effort is partly a response to nationwide truck shortages, but the organization still struggles to hire drivers amid shrinking workforces and increased competition.
In addition to increasing its production capacity, the new facility will increase its ability to receive food donations and distribute them to its 400 member agencies in the lower Hudson Valley. That area alone is home to 179,000 intense and moderate-income New Yorkers. The new facility will also help the Food Bank increase its capacity to store donated foods.
Volunteers at the Food Bank NYC warehouse help out in various ways. They help make deliveries, distribute food, and answer patron’s questions. They also help put together Fresh Food Boxes. These boxes are available for pick up at the pickup points throughout the five boroughs. Other ways to help include donating old food and working on the compost program.
Volunteers register online. You’ll need to create a username and password for yourself and your group. You’ll receive an email confirmation once you’ve registered. Then, you’ll need to select a shift. You can log in and choose another change if you’ve volunteered before.
Volunteers can also help the food bank process tax returns for low-income New Yorkers. You can also help distribute meals to pantry clients or advocate for the organization on social media. Volunteers don’t have to be trained to organize food drives or manage warehouses, but they can help in any way possible.
Volunteers are needed to set up meal kits, make phone calls to residents in Brooklyn, or drive grocery runs. The network has completed over 1,000 grocery deliveries and raised above $20,000 through this program. Volunteers may also pack new grocery bags and distribute flyers. They may also help with the production of meals.