info 09.21.10

Every Person in New York

A global summit to fight poverty is underway at the U.N. to help achieve its goal of reducing poverty by half, by 2015.

Within subway distance of the summit, one in five NYC children are living in homes without enough food. That's 1.4 million New Yorkers who go hungry every day. Across the nation, Feeding America, with its network of food banks, is providing food for 1 million more Americans each week than they did four years ago—including fourteen million children annually, an increase of 46% since 2006.

Here are some things you can do:

Drink sake at this Thursday's Joy of Sake event. Twenty dollars from each ticket (tickets are $90) is donated to Citymeals-on-Wheels.

Plan a food drive for City Harvest.

Buy a bag created by a Project Runway designer for the Food Bank. The live auction is October 18th.

Put on your running shoes for The Race to Deliver, which raises funds for God's Love We Deliver. This year's four-mile run/walk will be held on Sunday, November 21st.

Answer questions at Free Rice and for each correct answer, the U.N. World Food Programme will donate 10 grains of rice to feed the hungry. Since it started three years ago, 38,819,026,669 grains have been donated.

Mingle with chefs at the sixth annual Gathering of Chefs on September 28th, which will benefit Action Against Hunger.

Fight food stamp benefit cuts and support all the other good work done by the NYC Coalition Against Hunger.

Read Ian Frazier's New Yorker article on Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen. Then donate.

Support Just Food in its mission to connect local farms to NYC neighborhoods. Among other things, they help soup kitchens get locally-grown food.

Share your good fortune by having a meal this week in a participating restaurant for the third annual Great American Dine Out, which benefits Share Our Strength. Through Saturday.

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.


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