The annual Food Bank For New York City's Can Do Awards Dinner will take place on April 16 at Cipriani Wall Street.
This star-studded Awards gala is instrumental in helping to provide support for the 1.5 million New Yorkers who rely on Food Bank’s programs and services. Every dollar donated to Food Bank helps provide five meals.
The evening features a special music performance by Motown sensation the Four Tops as well as a live auction by Lydia Fenet, Christie’s and author of The Most Powerful Woman in the Room Is You. The event is sponsored by Bank of America and chaired by Lee Brian Schrager and Jodisue Rosen & Scott R. Feldman.
Expected to attend: Honorees Chef José Andrés, David Burtka & Neil Patrick Harris, Hildy Simmons, and Jennifer Brogan, Director of Communications and Community, Stop & Shop. Guests Katie Lee, Lauren Bush Lauren, Rachael Ray, Countess Luann de Lesseps, Kelly Bensimon, Chef JJ Johnson, Chef Ariel Fox, Aldis Hodge, Jonathan Tucker, Marc Murphy, Willie Colon (NY Jets), Joe Holder and Margarette Purvis (President and CEO, Food Bank For New York City).
For 35 years, Food Bank For New York City has been the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs. Nearly one in five New Yorkers relies on Food Bank for food and other resources. Food Bank takes a strategic, multifaceted approach that provides meals and builds capacity in the neediest communities, while raising awareness and engagement among all New Yorkers. Through its network of more than 1,000 charities and schools citywide, Food Bank provides food for more than 58 million free meals per year for New Yorkers in need. Food Bank For New York City’s income support services, including food stamps (also known as SNAP) and free tax assistance for the working poor, put more than $110 million each year into the pockets of New Yorkers, helping them to afford food and achieve greater dignity and independence. Food Bank’s nutrition education programs and services empower more than 50,000 children, teens and adults to sustain a healthy diet and active lifestyle on a limited budget. Working toward long-term solutions to food poverty, Food Bank develops policy and conducts research to inform community and government efforts.