Event | Grantee Updates
| At NYC May 9 & 29, and select theaters and online
| By Jen
We are quite excited about the new hit Hollywood film on Hunger in America: A Place at the Table. The film features experts including Joel Berg, sociologist Janet Poppendieck, and nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle; ordinary citizens like Pastor Bob Wilson and teachers Leslie Nichols and Odessa Cherry; and activists such as Witness to Hunger’s Mariana Chilton, Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and Oscar®-winning actor Jeff Bridges.
Ultimately, A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides — as they have in the past — that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all. We are supporting film-related NYC-based community outreach and engagement through a grant to the NYC Coalition Against Hunger, who is hosting several screenings coupled with a discussion about the important issues raised in the film.
Intrigued? Join an upcoming screening and discussion!
Thursday, May 9th at 2 p.m. - CUNY School of Public Health, 2180 Third Avenue at 119th St.. Post-screening panel to feature CUNY Professor Emerita Jan Poppendieck & Josh Ankerberg, Director of Child Nutrition Programs, New York City Coalition Against Hunger
Wednesday, May 29th at 6 p.m.- Bronx Documentary Center, 614 Courtlandt Avenue (@ 151st St.), Bronx
This month marks the 6-month anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Check out Laurie’s latest blog post in the Huffington Post here, where she discusses lessons learned from the storm and how the Illumination Fund is helping food-related community organizations in New York recover from the disaster and become better prepared for the future.
| At New York, NY
| Via NYC Coalition Against Hunger
The New York City Coalition Against Hunger is spearheading a new long-term, nationwide initiative to redefine the way people think and act about how they volunteer to fight hunger in order to make such efforts more effective in both reducing hunger and building hunger organization capacity, long-term. To do so, NYCCAH has created a toolkit (online and in hard copy), and is launching a national marketing campaign, sponsoring training conferences and media events, as well as providing sustained follow-up technical assistance, using a wide variety of national and grassroots partnerships with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, to ensure that both organizations and volunteers have the tools they need to effectively utilize volunteer service.
As part of that effort, NYCCAH will co-sponsor a conference in New York City with Community Impact at Columbia University on April 20th in order to offer technical assistance and training to area nonprofits, businesses, civic groups, senior citizen groups, religious congregations, government agencies, student and youth groups, and concerned individuals on how to implement structured high impact volunteer activities to both build organizational capacity and better meet the long-term food needs of the low-income people they serve.
The Taproot Foundation, known for providing pro bono services to nonprofits nationwide by leveraging corporate volunteers, has launched a new program platform. The Pro Bono marketplace’s new interactive tool, accessible on their homepage, allows nonprofits to browse the 120 most common pro bono projects, granting them access to the scope, risks and benefits of each project. Taproot has built a database with more than 300 existing pro bono providers, which works in tandem with LinkedIn, guiding nonprofit leaders to secure existing high quality pro bono resources through their own networks. To learn more, please visit taprootfoundation.org.
| At Roosevelt House, Hunter College
| By Jen
US Army combat veteran, youth advocate, TV Host, and author Wes Moore joined Willie Geist, the co-host of NBC’s TODAY and MSNBC’s Morning Joe, on March 13 for the Aspen Institute’s Leadership Series in memory of Preston Robert Tisch. They covered topics including issues with veterans’ reintegration after their service, alarming rates of unemployment and suicide, gaps in receiving benefits through the VA, and funding of nonprofit veterans causes. The event took place at Hunter College's Roosevelt House, and is part of the Leadership Series sponsored by Steve Tisch, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.
We thank everyone who participated in our event on February 14 in person and on twitter! Instead of us telling you about it, we thought we'd let attendees tell the story. Please watch our recap video courtesy of NBC and read more, below.
>> The full video of the event is available courtesy of Teachers College here. For a snapshot of the day's events and what people were saying, keep reading!
| At Roosevelt House, Hunter College
| By Jen
Former US Army Commander and the author of the book My Share of the Task: A MemoirGeneral Stanley McChrystal joined Walter Isaacson, the President and CEO of The Aspen Institute, on February 11 for the Aspen Institute’s Leadership Series in memory of Preston Robert Tisch. General McChrystal shared stories from his time in Iraq and Afghanistan, ethical dilemmas, his ideas about creating a national civilian service, and perspectives on issues such as military interventions and gun control. The event took place at Hunter College's Roosevelt House, and is part of the Leadership Series sponsored by Steve Tisch, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.
Crain's New York broke the news of the Illumination Fund's $15M commitment to healthy food & community change programs. Read Lisa Fickenscher's article here.
The New York Times shared news about the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy's launch event. Reach Julie Moskin's post here.
The Columbia University Spectator wrote about the $3.5M gift to establish the new graduate school Center. Read Samantha Cooney's article here.
Wholesome Wave, a recipient of Illumination Fund grant money through this initiative, shared their plans for launching their Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program in NYC. Read more here.
LISC, a recipient of Illumination Fund grant money through this initiative, wrote about launching their three-year pilot program that uses healthy food to improve the quality of life in low-income communities. Read more here.