New York City, New York (PressExposure) November 26, 2009 -- In an area where obesity and diabetes are chronic problems for over sixty-two percent of the people The Nourishing Kitchen of New York City feed over 1000 individuals, healthy meals in their space that only fits 11 people at a time. Over Thanksgiving the Nourishing Kitchen distributed healthy pantry bags to 856 low-income individualsâof which over half are under 18 or over 65 and almost one-third are afflicted with diabetes. In addition to the pantry bags, 178 individuals came for hot meals. All of this is made possible by the generosity of New Yorkers.
While eating one of the mothers said, âIâve heard a lot about the Nourishing Kitchen and it was even better than I heard.â Many of the clients coming in for the hot meals were families with several children and are just not able to make ends meet this holiday. âI had to sit down, we were cutting, chopping, cooking and serving, Iâm exhaustedâbut it was so worth it,â commented one of the volunteers.
âWe did it, we served over 1000 people this Thanksgiving,â said Director Gina Puzzanghera after a day of cooking and keeping volunteers going in the kitchen. âBut there is no time to rest, there are many more out there that need the services we are offering, we need to get them in as soon as we can.â
Every week The Nourishing Kitchen of NYC opens its doors to families and individuals that may not be able to have a meal on their own but also have classes on nutrition and the culinary arts for children, teens and seniors. You can see the Nourishing Kitchen and its Founder Gina Puzzanghera on the Dr. OZ show, Monday, November 30th and Tuesday, December 1st. In addition, donations and volunteers are always accepted on-line at EatWellnyc.org.
The Nourishing Kitchen of New York City, Inc., is a not-for-profit 501 Â©(3) community food program supported and run by the greater New York City area. Our mission is to provide nutritious meals in a safe and caring environment, to anyone who comes seeking nourishment without question and without criticism. And, further, to provide access to community services and resources to those in need while providing opportunities for volunteers to give of themselves in service to others. Anyone is welcome regardless of age, sex, race, financial qualifications, or religious beliefs.
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