Press Release – New York - We are excited to announce that New York Common Pantry has been named a top 100 finalist for the 7th Annual Classy Awards. The ten 2017 winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony during The Collaborative, a unique three-day experience that brings together top social innovators from around the world to share solutions and inspire change, this June 13-15, 2017.
“The Classy Awards has become one of the top forums for recognizing global social innovation,” said Pat Walsh, Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer of Classy. “Classy Awards Finalists are pioneering innovative ideas and technologies addressing some of our greatest social problems, and we’re honored to play a role in recognizing their incredible accomplishments.”
Finalists were selected based on scale and scope of the problem, innovative approach, ability to solve the problem, and organizational effectiveness. From here, 10 winners from the 100 finalists will be chosen by the Leadership Council and announced on stage at the awards ceremony in June. Classy, the world¹s leading online fundraising platform for social enterprises, has hosted this event and award ceremony for years in San Diego and has recently expanded the footprint into Boston¹s Innovation District for the last two years.
New York Common Pantry (NYCP) is dedicated to reducing hunger throughout New York City, while promoting dignity and self-sufficiency. NYCP works toward the reduction of hunger and food insecurity through an array of programs that help establish long-term independence for those it serves. Since opening in 1980, as a small neighborhood pantry serving 30 families, NYCP has become one of New York City¹s most innovative emergency food providers, offering meals and support services to over 300,000 individuals a year. Every week, NYCP’s Choice Pantry serves approximately 1,500 families and redistributes thousands of pounds of produce. NYCP served over 3,000,000 meals in 2016.
New York Common Pantry was one of several hundred programs nominated to this year’s Classy Awards and then went on to complete a comprehensive program application. “New York Common Pantry is honored to have been selected as a top 100 finalist for the 7th Annual Classy Awards in recognition of our commitment to innovation, problem-solving, and effectiveness,” says Stephen Grimaldi, New York Common Pantry¹s Executive Director. “We are proud to be positioned alongside many esteemed global organizations as we work to increase access to vital resources for New Yorkers in need.”
The Collaborative is presented by Classy, Southwest Airlines, Fluxx, Plenty Consulting and The Boston Foundation, alongside Salesforce and Guidestar. For more information on the Collaborative and the Classy Awards, visit www.classy.org/collaborative.