Mario Batali

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Mario Batali - Food Bank for New York City
"Food is never far from my thoughts, and I've been a supporter of the Food Bank for New York City for 20 years. When SNAP [the federal food stamps program] was at risk of losing more than $33 billion over the next decade, the Food Bank drew awareness to the cause by challenging people to live on the average food stamp budget for a week—$124 for a family of four. My wife, two children, and I accepted the challenge. We ate rice and beans for lunch every day, and made a pork roast last for two and a half meals. Living on that budget really made us think about what we were eating—and about the nearly three million New Yorkers who have difficulty affording food."

How you can help: New Yorkers can volunteer or donate food. Everyone else can host a virtual food drive, support legislative change, or find a local food bank.
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