Gov. Cuomo announces partnership with Walmart, PepsiCo and FreshDirect to provide 3,000 meals to New York families

Gov. Cuomo announces partnership with Walmart, PepsiCo and FreshDirect to provide 3,000 meals to New York families

November 26, 2013 Updated Nov 26, 2013 at 1:13 PM EDT

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday announced that New York State is partnering with Walmart, PepsiCo and FreshDirect this Thanksgiving Week to help deliver more than 3,000 meals to families in need.

According to a news release from Cuomo's office:

The meals will be provided by Walmart; PepsiCo will be donating 2,800 beverages, including juice and other drinks, and FreshDirect will provide 3,000 boxes to help with the transport and delivery of goods. The meals will be assembled and distributed by members of the New York National Guard this week. In addition, Walmart will donate more than $1 million to food banks and local charities across the state.

“As New Yorkers gather with families across New York for Thanksgiving, it is also a time to celebrate the spirit of giving and lend a hand to those less fortunate,” Governor Cuomo said. “Thanks to the generosity of Walmart, PepsiCo and FreshDirect, more than 3,000 New York families in need will be receiving a Thanksgiving meal this week as the National Guard begins deliveries to communities today. In addition, I am pleased to announce a $1 million donation from Walmart that will provide a major boost to the work of New York’s food banks and local charities to help even more New Yorkers put food on their tables during this holiday season. We thank our corporate partners for their assistance in brightening the holidays for many New Yorkers.”

Julie Murphy, senior vice president of Walmart, said, “We know that every day, across the country, people are struggling to put food on their tables. We are proud to partner with Governor Cuomo and the State of New York to assist those who are hungry, just as we did last year in assisting the victims of Superstorm Sandy. Together with many hunger relief organizations throughout the state, we’re working to make this Thanksgiving a little brighter for many. But it’s important to emphasize that this effort must continue throughout the year. The need is great, and we encourage everybody to help in every way they can.”

John Stevenson, Senior Vice President, Business Development, PepsiCo, said, “PepsiCo is deeply committed to New York State and we applaud Governor Cuomo’s leadership in organizing this effort. There are New Yorkers across the state who could use a helping hand this time of year and we stand ready to do our part to support our communities.”

FreshDirect CEO and co-founder Jason Ackerman said, “As a local company, we share Governor Cuomo's commitment to helping those who need it most and are grateful to be part of the state’s effort to make sure our fellow New Yorkers can enjoy the holiday.”

Walmart’s donations for hunger relief in New York, part of a larger campaign of regular donations to food banks and other contributions throughout the nation, will go to the following food banks and local charities:

Capital Region
•Albany - Food Pantries for the Capital District, Inc. $55,000
•Latham - Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York $30,000
•Albany - Albany United Methodist Society Inc., $25,000

Southern Tier
•Binghamton - Associated Catholic Charities Broome County, $75,000

New York City
•NYC - City Harvest, Inc. $116,379
•NYC - One Hundred Black Men, Inc. $75,000
•NYC - Iris House: a Center for Women Living With HIV, Inc. $66,000
•NYC - Bailey House, Inc., $30,000
•NYC - Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen $25,000
•NYC – Coalition Against Hunger $50,000

Finger Lakes / Rochester-area
•Batavia - Care-A-Van Ministries, Inc., $60,000
•Rochester - Gilda's Club Rochester/Cancer Action Inc. $25,000

Western New York
•Buffalo - Food Bank of Western New York, Inc. $164,061
Long Island
•Hempstead - Interfaith Nutrition Network $75,000

Hudson Valley
•Pleasantville – Hillside Food Outreach $37,000
•Kingston - Operation Homefront Tri-State$25,000
•Nanuet – Meals on Wheels of Rockland County $25,000

Central New York
•Syracuse - Jewish Home of Central New York $75,000

Total hunger giving: $1,033,000

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