NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson to be Honored at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen’s 7th Annual Farm to Tray, Presented by Google

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Cara Taback, ctaback@holyapostlesnyc.org, (212) 998 – 6104

New York, New York, March 11, 2019 – Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen will host its 7th annual Farm to Tray, presented by Google, on Thursday, May 16, 2019, in the landmark sanctuary of Church of the Holy Apostles.  This year’s event will honor New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson for his dedicated and ongoing support of the Soup Kitchen’s work to help New Yorkers in need.  The VIP reception begins at 6:00pm, and doors open for general admission at 6:30pm.

At the event each May, well-respected chefs from across the city prepare a menu that mirrors the Soup Kitchen’s commitment to using locally grown produce to create nutritious and delicious meals.  Attendees will enjoy food and beverage samplings from restaurants including Jams, Thalassa, Gitano NYC, Kimchi Smoke, Bodega Negra, Convene, and Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, and live music by Avenues: The World School, in addition to the opportunity to bid on unique auction items.  The VIP reception, hosted by Whole Foods Market, will feature the Women of Farm to Tray:  Ginger Pierce of Jams, Kim Huskey of Food@Google, Caroline Schiff of ParadigmSchiff, and Shakira Cruz of Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen.

Farm to Tray captures the ethos of Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen perfectly, said, The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson.  “The sustainability of the Soup Kitchen can be seen not only through the locally sourced produce and dairy we use to prepare meals but also through the strong community of volunteers, food donors and supporters who have given us the ability to serve a meal every weekday, without fail, since 1982.  We are especially proud to have Google and Speaker Johnson by our side.”

“One of my top priorities as Speaker of the New York City Council is to strengthen the social safety net and assist New Yorkers who are most in need.  I’m proud to have Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen as a partner in feeding hungry and homeless New Yorkers who have nowhere else to turn.  Being recognized at this year’s Farm to Tray is a great honor, and I look forward to continue working with Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen in their commitment to combat hunger and provide sustainable meals to those most in need,” said NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson.

This delightful walk-around tasting event is part of a year-round campaign to bring attention to the issues of hunger, sustainability and food waste, and to bring the community together to help New Yorkers in need.

Of the 8.6 million New Yorkers, 1 in 8 is struggling to put meals on their tables, and Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is committed to helping as many New Yorkers in need as possible.  In addition to serving meals in the church sanctuary, the Soup Kitchen is preparing brown bag lunches for homeless students and individuals in the area, as well as for seniors on fixed incomes.  In December, the Soup Kitchen launched a backpack pantry program to feed families over the weekends when access to school meals, soup kitchens and food pantries is limited.  On April 7, the Soup Kitchen will begin serving a family-style Sunday Supper, presented by Google and featuring an afternoon of food and fellowship between 2:00 – 5:00pm.

Farm to Tray is Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen’s largest annual fundraiser.  Since its inception in 2013, the event has raised over $2 million in cash and in-kind support and introduced more than 100 new partnerships to the Soup Kitchen.  Tickets, sponsorship opportunities and event information can be found at www.farmtotray.org.       

About Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen

Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is the largest emergency feeding program in New York City, providing over 1,000 meals each weekday to residents in need.  Founded in 1982, the soup kitchen operates in the landmark sanctuary of the Church of the Holy Apostles and offers programs that nourish the body as well as the soul.  In addition to meals, guests have access to social services support and workshops that help them navigate toward improved health, housing and jobs.  For more information, visit:  www.holyapostlessoupkitchen.org 

Hashtag: #farmtotray
Twitter: @HolyApostlesNYC
Instagram: @holyapostlessoupkitchen
Facebook: @holyapostlessoupkitchen