Giants Tackle Hunger at NY Food Bank

November 18, 2009 Updated: December 3, 2009

NEW YORK—Who knows more about how to eat than a couple of New York Giants players? New York Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty and linebacker Bryan Kehl helped to unload trucks and serve a meal from the kitchens of the Food Bank For New York City’s Community Kitchen and Pantry of West Harlem on West 116th St. on Tuesday.

The truck to be unloaded was full of Thanksgiving goodness, containing 256 turkeys, 8,000 pounds of produce, and all the T-day trimmings one would expect. The truckload became an early Thanksgiving meal for more than 800 New Yorkers in need, the Giants helped to serve the meal as well.

According to the Food Bank of New York, one in five New Yorker’s relies on the Food Bank For New York City to eat. They are witnessing an unprecedented increase in demand for services as the recession affects more New Yorkers. Among the Food Bank’s network of 1,000 emergency food organizations, 87 percent of soup kitchens and food pantries are reporting an increasing number of recently unemployed visitors. Many soup kitchens are reducing the amount of food they distribute per person or per household, due to limited resources.

The Food Bank For New York City is the primary supplier of food to New Yorkers in need. It provides 300,000 meals each day through a network of approximately 1,000 emergency food sites throughout the five boroughs.