New York, NY (PRWEB) October 12, 2012
Times Square Church today announced the launch of Feed New York, a $1.5 million-dollar initiative to provide New York City churches with monthly food assistance to help feed hungry families in local communities. Officials from Times Square Church and Cornell University Cooperative Extension will be on hand at Whosoever Will Come Church of Jesus Christ, located at 1981 Fulton Street, at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23, to celebrate the inauguration of this unique faith-based food distribution program.
Based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data, New York City Coalition Against Hunger determined that nearly 500,000 New York City children, or one in four, live in households that cannot afford an adequate supply of food – otherwise known as “food insecure.” The study also shows that one in six New York City residents, or 1.47 million New Yorkers, are struggling against hunger.
Feed New York seeks to encourage churches to fight hunger in their own backyards by providing them with $1,000 in food assistance per month for an entire year. Qualified churches are given a variety of healthy food options. Participating pastors will meet on a monthly basis to pray, share updates and success stories. Times Square Church will also collaborate with Cornell University Cooperative Extension to provide monthly nutrition workshops and educate church volunteers on the many resources available to help them continue their feeding programs beyond Feed New York’s first year of support.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for churches in New York City to go beyond denominational borders to work together for the common good,” said Carter Conlon, Senior Pastor, Times Square Church. “I see no better cause in this hour than helping those that are hungry.”
“Churches across the city are seeing the need and are ready to reach out in their communities through food assistance,” said Kate Hughes, Director of Feed New York. “It is a practical, tangible expression of the heart of God and we are honored to work alongside them.”
"The food pantries and soup kitchens that serve New York City are more necessary than ever. Feed New York has come at a particularly critical moment when existing resources are falling short of meeting this need. They will not only help by filling hungry stomachs, but by providing foods that will deliver a positive impact on health. We are proud to partner with them,” said Evalina Irish-Spencer, Program Coordinator, EFAP, of the Cornell University Cooperative Extension.
For more information or to apply to the program, visit the Feed New York website at http://feednewyork.org.
Times Square Church is an inter-denominational, multinational congregation, located in the heart of New York City, at 51st Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, founded by Rev. David Wilkerson, author of the best-selling book The Cross and the Switchblade. Over 8,000 people, representing more than 100 different nationalities, gather to pray together each week, finding true unity is possible through Jesus Christ. For more information, please visit tscnyc.org.