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It took me a while to think of what I would/could do to help the food security of people in New York City. Rather than giving to a food pantry or similar organization, I wanted to find an organization to support which was actively trying to fix the system here... get money and attention where it needed to go in order to help people become food secure, not just put some food in their bellies once.
I finally happened across the NYC Coalition Against Hunger. Their slogan is "Moving Families Beyond the Soup Kitchen". Their website provides a wealth of resources on hunger in New York City, and on the numerous programs they are involved with.
Working to end child hunger in New York City (1 in 5 children in NYC live in homes without enough food)
Farm Fresh Initiative -- bringing fresh, affordable produce to low income neighborhoods through CSAs which charge based on the customer's ability to pay, and accept SNAP benefits
Benefit Access Program -- helping food pantries and soup kitchens to help their clients with accessing government food benefit programs
Political Lobbying in support of measures to combat hunger
This looks like a terrific organization, and one that I am now proud to support through a monthly contribution.