SOURCE: United Way of New York City

United Way of New York City

February 12, 2015 12:25 ET

United Way of New York City Receives $100,000 Grant from Bank of America

Food Support Connections Grant Will Benefit New Yorkers Eligible for the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - February 12, 2015) - United Way of New York City (UWNYC) has been awarded a $100,000 grant from Bank of America (BAC) for its Food Support Connections program which will work to help end chronic hunger by reaching out to the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, who are eligible for the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), but who have not enrolled. SNAP provides nutrition assistance to low-income individuals and families, and is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. This one year grant will allow 600 meals to be provided to 7,000 households, for a total of 4.2 million meals. Populations that will be the focal point include the working poor, Latinos and seniors.

"For the past eleven years, through outreach, education and assistance; and with the help of community based organizations, UWNYC has worked diligently to decrease food insecurity and the prevalence of diet-related diseases in New York City. We are grateful that our vision is shared by Bank of America, and that they are once again standing in unity with us on this initiative," said Sheena Wright, President & CEO, United Way of New York City. "Through our hunger programs, we have been able to help more than 180,000 individuals receive benefits, and this grant will further ensure that those in high need communities are aware and have the ability to be proactive in obtaining the resources that are available to them. We look forward to continuously serving them."

"United Way has been nothing short of a lifeline for countless individuals and families in New York who don't have the means to purchase basic necessities such as food and clothing, and struggle to keep a roof over their heads," said Jeff Barker, New York City market president, Bank of America

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About United Way of New York City

For more than 75 years, United Way of New York City has been working to weave a net of interconnected solutions to catch New York City's poorest neighbors. UWNYC mobilizes communities to break down barriers and build opportunities that improve the lives of low-income New Yorkers for the benefit of all. UWNYC envisions caring communities where all individuals and families have access to quality education and the opportunity to lead healthy and financially secure lives. United Way of New York City is working to make New York City work for every New Yorker. Learn more at unitedwaynyc.org.

About Bank of America

Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small businesses, middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 48 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 4,900 retail banking offices and approximately 15,700 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 31 million active users and more than 16 million mobile users. Bank of America is among the world's leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in more than 40 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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