NEW YORK—Two elegant figure skaters, a bank president, and the executive director of City Harvest were joined by hundreds of volunteers at Bryant Park last Saturday to help re-pack 50,000 pounds of fresh produce from local farmers for City Harvest to distribute to community programs.
Nancy Kerrigan was at “The Pond” at Bryant Park last Saturday to sign autographs and tape a 30-second public service announcement. Kerrigan also helped out bagging apples along side Haley Sacks, a 2008 World competitor and a 2010 Olympic hopeful.
Kerrigan, a U.S. figure skating champion, and winner of two Olympic and World medals, was also known for the highly publicized 1994 episode when she was physically attacked at the U.S. Nationals and returned a month later to win the Olympic silver medal in one of the most watched and closest decisions in Olympic skating history.
The day’s events were the culmination of Citibank’s "Our Promise to New York,” according to which the bank will contribute $100,000 to help City Harvest rescue and deliver close to 400,000 pounds of food to feed hungry New Yorkers this Thanksgiving.
The partnership commenced earlier this month with a three-week-long food drive in 106 Citibank branches throughout the five boroughs. By encouraging their customers and the local community to donate, Citibank hopes to collect 20,000 pounds of nonperishable ingredients for City Harvest to distribute to community programs around the city.
Suggested donations include instant mashed potatoes, stuffing, canned green beans, canned yams, cranberry sauce, canned gravy, and all of the other "trimmings" for a Thanksgiving meal. Visit www.cityharvest.org to find a participating Citibank branch near you.
"City Harvest's network of emergency feeding programs reported last year that hungry New Yorkers had visited them nearly 1.3 million more times as compared to the prior year," said Jilly Stephens, executive director of City Harvest. "We are working harder than ever to keep up with the demand, especially knowing how difficult the holidays can be for families in need. We're incredibly grateful for Citibank's support," she continued.