Food bank leaders call attention to hungry residents who need help

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City food bank leaders are calling attention to the thousands of New Yorkers going hungry every day during Hunger Action Month.

Margarette Purvis, the president and CEO of the Food Bank for New York City, says there is still a lot to be done to keep New Yorkers fed.

Purvis says that it’s food pantries, like the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, are vital to getting nutritious and filling meals onto the plates of residents. She says one in five New York families struggle to get enough food.

The program assistant at the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger says they service more than 30,000 families a month, and that the number is rising.

They offer a variety of fresh, frozen and dry goods and offer other services as well.

Food bank and pantry leaders tell News 12 that providing food to those in need is vital and that they hope more New Yorkers get involved.

They say there are lots of ways to help, such as volunteering – even if it’s just for one day.

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