Why ATE, Why Us, Why Now?
March 10, 2014 by Ann Diamond
We are six women who have lived, worked, played and raised our families in New York City. We are the fortunate ones; we’ve accomplished much and are now making the time to dedicate to a growing problem across our city, our nation and our world. How is it possible that one in five children in New York City goes to bed hungry? That’s 474,000 kids, according to data from the New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH). And there’s a really good chance you’ve seen one today. It’s what motivated us to form Ample Table for Everyone (ATE) with a very specific goal in mind: To identify and support groundbreaking initiatives that will help families address, and hopefully resolve, the core contributors to this otherwise solvable problem—which include:
- Lack of time
- Lack of money
- Lack of access to nutritious food
- Unfamiliarity with a variety of ingredients, cooking methods and recipes
We live in a country of abundance and creativity. ATE will provide grants to individuals or organizations implementing innovative, effective and scalable programs that address one or more of the causes of food insecurity. The programs we support should be empowering to the recipients and have the ability to be replicated within the city, state and country. With our website, this blog, Facebook and Twitter, we aim to facilitate an on-going dialogue between donors, citizens who are interested in doing more, organizations working towards solutions, and creative thinkers who can share information to advance our ability to feed these families in our own backyard. We invite you to participate with us. Together, we can educate ourselves and share resources to work on a solution that will enrich us all by assuring that our children have the nutrition necessary to lead fuller, healthy and productive lives.