We had the incredible opportunity of being invited to the annual Food Network & Cooking Channel NYC Wine and Food Festival last month and had the time of our lives, thanks to Ferguson and GE. It was such a cool experience and we’re so grateful for the brand partners that we have! Even though it was a quick weekend getaway, we didn’t miss out on much, and it was also Jamie’s first time to the Big Apple!
What’s super cool about this event is that 100% of the net proceeds benefit Food Bank For New York City and the No Kid Hungry® campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Every year, NYCWFF raises nearly $1 million for these charities to help close the gap on hunger in our country. How cool is that?!
Did you know 13 million kids in the US struggle with hunger?
It’s pretty cool to learn about these two organizations, Food Bank for New York City and No Kid Hungry®, who are making a significant movement across the country.
No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 6 kids will face hunger this year. The organizations that back this movement are nothing short of amazing humans. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. As they say, when we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength.
Nearly one in five New Yorkers relies on Food Bank for food and other resources. Food Bank provides meals and builds capacity in the neediest communities while raising awareness and engagement among all New Yorkers. Through its network of more than 1,000 charities and schools citywide, Food Bank provides for nearly 58 million free meals for New Yorkers in need each year. In addition, Food Bank’s nutrition education programs and services empower more than 50,000 children, teens and adults to sustain a healthy diet on a low budget. Working toward long-term solutions to food poverty, Food Bank develops policy and conducts research to inform community and government efforts.
We got to taste some of the world’s most renowned chefs, wine and spirit producers, culinary personalities, lifestyle experts and American’s most loved television chefs.
After learning about what these organizations do and stories behind kids right here in the US, I couldn’t help but think about how incredibly fortunate we are. Although we got to eat from some of the most world-renowned chefs, it was super cool to know kids that go hungry also get to eat from these guys thanks to organizations like the Food Bank and No Kids Hungry.
We stayed right in the middle of Times Square and being it was Jamie’s first time there he truly got the full NYC experience! If you haven’t been to New York City, Times Square is all about the people watching and there is never a dull moment.
Coincidentally my dad’s cousin Kim (whom I love and adore) and her husband were there at the same time catching a cruise. So unplanned, we were able to meet and catch up over a couple of drinks.
Besides the wine and food festival, we got to dine at the top of the Empire State Building, hit up some comedy clubs, and end the night with one of the best views of Time Square while avoiding the crowds.
One of the best NYC trips and experiences and we can’t wait to go back!
We came home feeling so darn grateful that we got to be apart of this festival and movement thanks to our partners Ferguson and GE. We are so incredibly grateful.