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 provided 800 families living in Harlem with food and essentials. The distribution took 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, pre-identified families receiving the boxes. Each family received 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.
Carmelo Anthony’s teammate Iman Shumpert was present and showed support at the event & helped distribute the boxes to the families in need along with Anthony.
About Feed the Children
Feed the Children is one of the world’s leading anti-hunger organizations, dedicated to creating a world where no child goes to bed hungry. Since 1979, Feed the Children has grown into one of the largest U.S. based charities, accredited by GuideStar Exchange, the BBB Wise giving Alliance and a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. By banding together with partners, donors and communities to defeat hunger, Feed the Children distributed over $344 million in food, essentials, educational supplies, and medicine to over 10 million individuals in the United States and 18 other countries in fiscal year 2013. Visit http://www.feedthechildren.org for more information.