Corporations and Nonprofits Unite to Bring Food to 800 Harlem Families
New York City, – On Tuesday, Nov. 11, Feed the Children, AVON, professional basketball player Carmelo Anthony and his foundation are providing 800 families living in Harlem with food and essentials. The distribution will take place at Manhattan Mathematics and Science Center (280 Pleasant Ave. in East Harlem) at 4:00 p.m.
Because hunger cannot be defeated alone, Feed the Children’s partner agency, HopeNYC, has pre-identified families receiving the boxes. Each family will receive a 25-pound box of food and a 10-pound box of personal care items. The boxes are designed to help a family of four for up to one week.
Nearly 20 percent of families living in New York City live beneath the poverty line. For many of the children in these families, they often go to bed hungry and don’t know when or where their next meal will come from.
“We are proud to team with Carmelo Anthony and AVON,” said Kevin Hagan, CEO and President of Feed the Children. “New York City is thought of as one of the most prosperous places in the United States. But for thousands of Harlem children, their situation in New York is anything but prosperous. That’s why not only are we bringing food today with our friends, Carmelo Anthony and Avon, we are bringing hope for a brighter future and the chance for thousands of Harlem children to focus on just being a kid this year.”
Since arriving in the NBA, Anthony has not only been one of the top scorers in the league, he has also diversified himself as a player, a family man, a businessman and a philanthropist. In 2005, he established The Carmelo Anthony Foundation as the vehicle by which he and his family give back to the community through a variety of outreach programs and donations. In 2006, The Giving Back Fund, the premier philanthropic resource for the sports and entertainment communities, ranked Anthony in their top ten of the “Giving Back 30” report surrounding celebrity philanthropists in America. He was the only basketball player on this list, and was joined in the top tier by celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Tiger Woods.
Anthony and the Carmelo Anthony Foundation will additionally sponsor a food distribution in Baltimore, Maryland at the Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center on Nov. 21st. Boxes of food and essentials will benefit 400 families in Baltimore, where Anthony grew up.
About Feed the Children
Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to defeat childhood hunger. It is one of the largest U.S.-based charities and serves those in need in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world. It provides food, education initiatives, essentials and disaster response. It operates five distribution centers located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.
In fiscal year 2017, Feed the Children distributed 79.8 million pounds of food and essentials to children and families in the U.S. Internationally, it provided nutritious food or other benefits to 1,080,000 children, empowered 291,000 parents to make better decisions for their children, and positively impacted more than 1,200 communities and schools in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is accredited by GuideStar Exchange and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.
Visit feedthechildren.org for more information.