NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 are stepping up to help local food banks facing increased demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The public can locate and make a financial donation to their local food banks by visiting WNBC’s Feeding our Families or WNJU’s Alimentando a Nuestras Familias through May 24. Funds generated will help food banks restock shelves and supply non-perishable goods to pantries, agencies and other frontline, anti-hunger community organizations.

“This is a critical time for our food banks,” said Eric Lerner, president and general manager of WNBC. “They need our help right now. Securing these important resources will help tristate food banks meet growing demand and deliver even more nutritious food to the families who need it most.”

WNBC and WNJU’s fundraising drive has been joined by supermarket partner Stop & Shop and will support nine food banks in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. These include City Harvest, Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Connecticut Food Bank, Feeding Westchester, Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, Food Bank for New York City, Fulfill, Island Harvest Food Bank and Long Island Cares. All nine are members of Feeding America, the nationwide network of food banks. 

“The impact on the tri-state’s Spanish-speaking communities has been unprecedented and for so many, it has become harder than ever to put food on the table,” said Cristina Schwarz, president and general manager of Telemundo 47. “Funds donated through Alimentando a Nuestras Familias will stay in the community, helping many families make it through these very difficult times. It really makes a big difference.” 

For more information, visit NBCNewYork.com/fooddrive or telemundo47.com/alimentar

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