Food Bank for New York City’s Hunts Point warehouse got a much-needed boost from FedEx and their employees, delivering an extra 25,000 meals to Bronxites and New Yorkers need.
On Wednesday, November 19, close to a hundred FedEx employees showed up at FoodBank’s distribution facility at the Hunts Point Cooperative Market to unload a truck filled with groceries donated from a Shop Rite location in Brooklyn. FedEx provided in-kind transportation for movement of the goods to the Bronx.
FedEx employees spent much of the day at FoodBank for New York City turning the produce, meats, and canned goods into nutritious meals for the neediest families this holiday season by helping to unload and sort the delivery.
“FedEx is very honored and pleased to support FoodBank,”
said Sam Nesbitt, managing director for FedEx Express. “Food and gas costs are up. When you consider that one in five of our youngsters visit food pantries and think of the tough economic times we are all in right now, it is much needed.”
Food Bank for New York City, which services many Bronx communities, can make 5 nutritious meals for just one dollar, according to Food Bank COO Tyrone Harrysingh. That means that a $5000 check presented by FedEx to Food Bank at the unloading will translate into 25,000 meals for needy people.
“I am absolutely thrilled that Fed Ex is donating the transportation and unloading of this food,” said Paul Rodriguez, a worker at Food Bank who took part in the massive delivery effort. “With the way the economy is right now it is getting more difficult without continued support from the general public and the private sector.”
Food Bank is currently serving between 300,000 and 350,000 meals daily, and needs more support as the economy worsens. Fed Ex made use of their new hybrid trucks to make the much-needed delivery. When asked, Fed Ex employees said it was the pleasure of the company to give to those less fortunate.
“Today, many more New Yorkers need a helping hand than ever before; FedEx is honored to work with the Food Bank For New York City to make a difference,” said Michael Dickson, sales director for FedEx. “There is such a sense of accomplishment when you know that you helped in your local community. We commend the work that the Food Bank does. They make a difference in so many lives.”