Wednesday, October 17, 2007

A Way to Help the Hungry

I just wanted to plug a charity that one of my friends is working with. Yorkville Common Pantry (YCP) is dedicated to reducing hunger while promoting dignity and self-sufficiency. The largest, nonsectarian, neighborhood-based provider of emergency food in New York City, YCP provides 1¼ million meals annually to all who come seeking relief from hunger. YCP’s 24/7 program is New York City’s only emergency food pantry that never closes.

Those readers of the blog who live or work in New York City know the great number of people who beg for food or money to buy food. They beg on the street and on the subway, and most of us (myself included) ignore them. Donating to organizations like YCP is an efficient way of helping our fellow urbanites most in need. YCP has a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator.

You can donate here.

Additionally, YCP is hosting a Junior Event Celebration on November 7, 2007, at the Mercedes Benz Showroom (430 Park Avenue at 55th Street). Highlights include specialty cocktails with Belvedere, hors d’œuvres by On the Marc, Hoffman Auto Showroom Design by Frank Lloyd Wright, and a silent auction including the chance to win a S-class for a night. Tickets are $60 per person ($65 at the door) and can be purchased here.

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