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Every Week Workers

In 4- Member Workers on March 10, 2012 at 12:49 pm

How do we love the Food Bank For N.Y.C.’s 116th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard site? Let us count the ways: Its supermarket-style Food Pantry provides food for low-income New Yorkers totaling more than 22,700 meals a month. Its Community Kitchen prepares and serves 8,000 meals monthly. In offers financial counseling, tax assistance, health care enrollment, and rent, food stamp, mortgage and utility services to anyone who needs it. Plus, its most gracious staff have hosted Community Supported Agriculture groups for more than a decade now.

Give ’em a big “thank you” next time you see ’em:

1. What’s your name? Christine Kaye (pictured here with her son, Dimitri).
2. How many years have you worked at the Food Bank? Six years.
3. What is your job here? Program Coordinator. I help with everything except the Community Kitchen. I’ve been five years helping with the C.S.A..
4. Favorite vegetable? Potatoes.
5. Favorite thing about this neighborhood? Good atmosphere. With the C.S.A., I love getting to see all the little kids.

1. What’s your name? Elliott Bryan (pictured here with his daughter, Jasmine).
2. How many years have you worked at the Food Bank? Five.
3. What is your job here? Basically, everything. My official title is Peace Keeper.
4. Favorite vegetable? Tomatoes.
5. Favorite thing about this neighborhood? The people.

1. What’s your name? Daryl Joel Foriest.
2. How many years have you worked at the Food Bank? Approximately a year and a half.
3. What is your job here? Director of Meal Services.
4. Favorite vegetable? Broccoli. Because of its nutritional value and it tastes great. And you can prepare it so many healthy ways that don’t taste healthy.
5. Favorite thing about this neighborhood? The interesting clients I come across on a daily basis. Listening to their stories about their lives, their accomplishments and their travels. They have a great sense of humor. They show me that if you’re able to get up in the morning, you’ve got your whole life in front of you.

1. What’s your name? My name is Shanon Morris.
2. How many years have you worked at the Food Bank? Going on two in August.
3. What is your job here? I am Program Manager and Registered Dietitian of the Community Kitchen and Food Pantry of West Harlem.
4. Favorite vegetable? Sweet potatoes.
5. Favorite thing about this neighborhood? My favorite thing about the neighborhood is the culture.

1. What’s your name? Francis Ortiz.
2. How many years have you worked at the Food Bank? About a year.
3. What is your job here? Intake Specialist.
4. Favorite vegetable? Cauliflower.
5. Favorite thing about this neighborhood? Helping people.

1. What’s your name? Kenet Alvarez.
2. How many years have you worked at the Food Bank? A year on January 6. I started working in the warehouse the October before that.
3. What is your job here? Pantry Worker. I stock the Pantry.
4. Favorite vegetable? I think broccoli.
5. Favorite thing about this neighborhood? I just like to help.

1. What’s your name? Cathy Sturry.
2. How many years have you worked at the Food Bank? I’m here eight.
3. What is your job here? My official title is Head Cook. I’m in charge of the Kitchen.
4. Favorite vegetable? My favorite vegetable is a mixture. I need the fresh callaloo. I like spinach but it as to be fresh. Probably it was the way I was raised. I was raised in Jamaica on fresh food, not all this canned stuff. The only thing I eat from a can is sweet peas, corn and sardines.
5. Favorite thing about this neighborhood? You come across a lot of characters on a daily basis.

1. What’s your name? Akanni Damazio (a.k.a. “C”).
2. How many years have you worked at the Food Bank? Five.
3. What is your job here? First Cook.
4. Favorite vegetable? Bok choy. Because you can do so much with it. It’s like cabbage. It goes with everything. I like to stir-fry it with a little tofu.
5. Favorite thing about this neighborhood? The diversity. Everything’s going to come up.

1. What’s your name? Debbie Torres.
2. How many years have you worked at the Food Bank? One and a half years in the Community Kitchen, but I worked at the Food Bank almost 10 years. I was program coordinator at the bilingual intergenerational program at P.S. 124 and site coordinator for the senior dinner program at 293 East Broadway.
3. What is your job here? My official job title is Kitchen Associate, but I do a little bit of everything.
4. Favorite vegetable? Oh, girl. Eggplant. Because you make eggplant with salty codfish. You add onions, peppers and a little bit of olive oil. You eat it with white rice, yellow rice, brown rice. You can have it with pink beans, red beans, black beans also. It’s a Puerto Rican thing.
5. Favorite thing about this neighborhood? I live in the Bronx. But in Harlem you see the Apollo. Also I like interacting with so many people.

1. What’s your name? Justin “J-Best” Wilburn.
2. How many years have you worked at the Food Bank? About a year.
3. What is your job here? Dishwasher. Peace Keeper. Kitchen Associate. I’m everything.
4. Favorite vegetable? I like corn. Sweet corn.
5. Favorite thing about this neighborhood? I like the people in the community.

1. What’s your name? Matt Egusa.
2. How many years have you worked at the Food Bank? About a year now.
3. What is your job here? I kind of do everything. Kitchen Assistant.
4. Favorite vegetable? Broccoli.
5. Favorite thing about this neighborhood? My son Isaac lives down the street. He’s two and half.

1. What’s your name? Larry Boone.
2. How many years have you worked at the Food Bank? Thirty-six months.
3. What is your job here? Maintenance.
4. Favorite vegetable? Spinach.
5. Favorite thing about this neighborhood? Well, I grew up in the neighborhood. You have to know I grew up on 128th Street between Eighth and St. Nicholas Avenue. My family is still here.

1. What’s your name? Julio Duran.
2. How many years have you worked at the Food Bank? About two years.
3. What is your job here? Maintenance.
4. Favorite vegetable? I don’t know. I like all of them. One? Broccoli. I eat it raw. I cook it and I put it on rice.
5. Favorite thing about this neighborhood? I live in Brooklyn now, but I was raised here, in East Harlem, on 119th Street. I like Central Park. It’s close.

1. What’s your name? Ileana Hernandez.
2. How many years have you worked at the Food Bank? Since March 26, 1996. Back then it was the Community Food Resource Center. Then it was Food Change. Then we merged with the Food Bank for N.Y.C.
3. What is your job here? I am Operations Manager for the Earned Income Tax Credit program.
4. Favorite vegetable? Is tomato a vegetable? I like carrots, too.
5. Favorite thing about this neighborhood? I think it’s the neighbors, the people. In here you see all kinds of people and it gives me an opportunity to see how people live their lives. It teaches me.

1. What’s your name? German Tejeda. (Don’t take my picture!)
2. How many years have you worked at the Food Bank? Twenty years this past February. I’m here from when we were the Community Food Resource Center. I started working for C.F.R.C. in 1992.
3. What is your job here? I am the Senior Director for Tax Services.
4. Favorite vegetable? Avocado. Is that a fruit?
5. Favorite thing about this neighborhood? Harlem Tavern. They have grilled asparagus. You can get it with a steak if you tell them you don’t want the fries.

1. What’s your name? Andy Nieto.
2. How many years have you worked at the Food Bank? Since January 2007. About five years.
3. What is your job here? My title is Client Services Coordinator. I work under the E.I.T.C. (Earned Income Tax Credit) program and I work to connect people with services. I help them to connect to other benefits like food stamps and health insurance.
4. Favorite vegetable? There’s many. If I have to say a vegetable I can eat every day, I would have to say asparagus.
5. Favorite thing about this neighborhood? The closeness to the parks — Morningside and Central Park.

1. What’s your name? Akamil DeJesus.
2. How many years have you worked at the Food Bank? May will make three!
3. What is your job here? I’m a Case Manager/Benefits Specialist.
4. Favorite vegetable? Not fruit? Only vegetables? I’m a vegan. It’s got to be broccoli.
5. Favorite thing about this neighborhood? It has variety. It needs more vegetarian places!

1. What’s your name? They call me Red. My name is Leonard Ellerbe.
2. How many years have you worked at the Food Bank? Three years.
3. What is your job here? Bookkeeping and orientation of volunteers.
4. Favorite vegetable? Spinach, believe it or not. I like it with olive oil and garlic.
5. Favorite thing about this neighborhood? I live around here, on 115th Street. The people, of course.

1. What’s your name? Jim Murrell.
2. How many years have you worked at the Food Bank? Two years.
3. What is your job here? Purchasing support and volunteer orientation.
4. Favorite vegetable? Asparagus. It can be made in so many different ways. You can have it with sausage. You can even steam it.
5. Favorite thing about this neighborhood? The restaurants. Harlem pub, Les Ambassades. I like Amy Ruth’s okay.

1. What’s your name? Luis Brown.
2. How many years have you worked at the Food Bank? Since July 2010.
3. What is your job here? Bookkeeping and Data Entry.
4. Favorite vegetable? My favorite vegetable? Green peas with butter.
5. Favorite thing about this neighborhood? The people.

Event Photos

In Event Photos on March 10, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Canning class with Classie Parker
October 28, 2011

To read an article by Just Food about the event, click HERE.

To download a copy of the “Yes We Can! Home Canning Guide” that participants in the workshop went home with, click HERE.

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