New York Common Pantry Announces the Opening of a New Satellite Location to Fight Hunger in the Bronx

Rigo Villa, Food Programs Associate, greets guests picking up their orders at Choice Pantry Bronx

“New York Common Pantry is proud to be partnering with the Banana Kelly Community Improvement District (CIA), Inc. to open our satellite Choice Pantry in one of the highest need areas of New York City,” says Stephen Grimaldi, Executive Director of NYCP.

New York Common Pantry (NYCP), the largest community-based food pantry in the state, announces the opening of a new Choice Pantry in the Bronx, located at 1290 Hoe Avenue.

A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony is scheduled for May 24, 2017 to officially launch this new satellite location, which was created in collaboration with the Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association (CIA), Inc.

New York Common Pantry has been dedicated to reducing hunger throughout New York City while promoting dignity and self-sufficiency since its inception in 1980 when it served 30 families. Last year, NYCP served over 3 million meals to New Yorkers in four boroughs. From food rescue to an online ordering option to its robust volunteer program, NYCP has become one of New York’s most innovative emergency food providers.

NYCP has tapped that innovation and is responding to community need by opening Choice Pantry Bronx. This expansion grew out of extensive research that identified the South Bronx as one of the highest-need areas of New York City.

●    In 2014, The NYC Center for Economic Opportunity determined that the Bronx had the highest poverty rate—26.5 percent—of all five New York City boroughs.

●    Based on the Self-Sufficiency Standard, the Bronx also has the highest overall income inadequacy rate of the five boroughs, with 56 percent of households living below…

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