One of the reasons I continue my work in the public is to help support and promote causes close to my heart. There are so many hardships and tragedies throughout the world constantly in the news, it can be easy to forget what’s going on right in our neighborhood. In New York City, there are 2.6 million people who struggle with putting food on the table. We know that SNAP (food stamps) are in the news again as the city considers cutting benefits.
On Tuesday night, the Food Bank held its annual “Can Do” awards dinner honoring major supporters including Tom Colicchio, Lori Silverbush, Sandra Lee/Simply Living Publishing, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. I was in attendance that evening to hear governor Cuomo speak on the importance of getting involved to end hunger in New York.
I regularly volunteer at the Kitchen and Food Pantry in Harlem, and it’s been a gift to give back as well as an opportunity to teach my daughters about selflessness and helping others in need. My girls and I have worked with Foodbank in the kitchen, the pantry, and the missions. We’ve done it all from serving food, packing boxes, wrapping presents for children during the holidays, giving out pet food, and helping serve turkey dinners during the holidays. I even enlisted some New York models to help so they could see what really happens in New York. My eldest daughter took an internship and worked on the CHANGE ONE THING initiative. This is a good model for everyone, whether it’s for healthy reasons or for making better life choices. My youngest Teddy likes to work the pantry with the women who are grocery shopping. She loves helping them decide what they are going to take and need for their families that week.
Foodbank continutes to provide healthy food options of New Yorkers. I’m grateful for the opportunity BRAVO and the REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY fans gave me. I’m able to use the name recognition for the better good. Thank you Foodbank for feeding New Yorkers one day, one meal at a time. Remember, hunger does not discriminate. It is a problem that we can solve together. Please visit Food Bank for New York and learn about how you can help.