September 6, 2022
Contact: Kimberly Winston
Resorts World New York Doing its Part to Ensure No New Yorker Goes Hungry
$35,000 donated to combat food insecurity during Hunger Action Month
Catskills, NY and Queens, NY – September is Hunger Action Month and Resorts World New York is doing its part to ensure no New Yorker goes hungry by donating to several organizations dedicated to providing residents across the state with healthy meals.
Resorts World Catskills announced today it’s donating $5,000 to the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, which will provide 20,000 meals to those in need, and has donated $10,000 to non-profit A Single Bite for its Family Meal Program, which provides healthy meals to children and their families in Sullivan County struggling with food insecurity.
“Resorts World Catskill’s support allows us to continue our mission of alleviating hunger and preventing food waste in the Hudson Valley,” said Sara Gunn, Director, Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. “Families across the state continue to struggle with hunger and poverty that was only exacerbated by the pandemic and Resorts World’s generosity means thousands of meals will end up on the tables of those who need them the most.”
“Rural communities are especially hard hit by hunger,” said Audrey Garro, Executive Director, A Single Bite. “Sullivan County has the highest rate of poverty in the Hudson Valley and the Child Food Insecurity rate is 11.7%. That’s almost 3,000 children who are not getting enough to eat. A Single Bite is providing families at least one healthy meal each week thanks in part to Resorts World Catskills.”
Resort World New York City (RWNYC) also announced today it’s donated $20,000 to support City Harvest, New York City’s largest food rescue organization, which rescues 75 million pounds of food a year and distributes it to hundreds of food pantries and soup kitchens across all five boroughs. RWNYC is a longtime partner of City Harvest, donating more than seven tons of perishable items in 2020 while they were closed due to COVID-19.
“We are so grateful to Resorts World New York for their continued support of City Harvest,” said Rebecca Fontes, Director of Business Partnerships at City Harvest. “At the recent NSA Trade Show hosted at Resorts World in New York, we were able to rescue 12,000 pounds of beverages, snacks, and unique produce items like habanero peppers and turmeric to donate to food pantries and soup kitchens across New York City. As we work together to reduce food insecurity across the five boroughs, this important ongoing partnership will help us continue to feed our neighbors—one day, one meal, and one New Yorker at a time.”
“Resorts World is committed to the areas we serve, and we are proud to give back to the community through these donations,” said Meghan Taylor, VP Government Affairs & Public Relations, Resorts World New York. “We recognize the difficulties our communities are facing when it comes to food insecurity, whether in the Catskills, Hudson Valley or New York City, and we are honored to partner with and support these organizations because of the hard work they do in ensuring none of our neighbors goes to sleep at night worried about where they’ll get their next meal.”
These gifts were made possible through Resorts World Gives, RWNY’s corporate philanthropic program, which invests in the economic and social progress of communities surrounding Resorts World properties. Click here to apply for funding.
About Resorts World Catskills
Located in the heart of New York’s Catskill region, Resorts World Catskills (RWC) Hotel and Casino Resort offers guests unmatched experiences in excitement, entertainment, and luxury. The integrated casino-resort features live Las-Vegas style table games, state-of-the art slot machines, a poker room, private gaming salons, a 100-seat sportsbook lounge, and the mobile app, Resorts WorldBET, the fastest and safest way to bet on sports. The casino-resort’s 10 varied bar and restaurant experiences include an Italian steakhouse created by celebrity chef Scott Conant. There’s also year-round live entertainment at the 2,500-seat RW Epicenter. The 18-story all-suite luxurious hotel located within Resorts World Catskills features the Crystal Life Spa, two indoor pools, and two fitness centers. The Alder, the adjacent lifestyle hotel, features the first Topgolf Swing Suites in New York State, Dos Gatos, a cantina-style Mexican eatery, and will be expanded to include a Rees Jones redesigned Monster Golf Course in 2023.
About Resorts World New York City
Resorts World New York City (RWNYC) is New York City’s first and only casino-hotel, offering over 10 million guests annually an unparalleled gaming and entertainment experience and generating over $3 billion for the State’s education system since opening in 2011. The opening of the Hyatt Regency JFK Airport at Resorts World New York gave visitors from around the world more ways to enjoy the ultimate play and stay experience. Dining options include Sugar Factory American Brasserie, America’s favorite eatery and celebrity hotspot. There are a variety of non-gaming amenities, as well as entertainment options, allowing guests of all interests and budgets an experience that fits their personal tastes. RWNYC is operated by the Genting Group, a global company founded in 1965, operating destination resorts in Las Vegas, Bimini, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom. Genting has more than 50 years of experience in the travel and leisure industry and collectively employs approximately 60,000 people while offering an unparalleled resort experience to over 50 million visitors a year worldwide.
About City Harvest
City Harvest is New York City’s largest food rescue organization, helping to feed the more than 1.2 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables. We will rescue 61 million pounds of food this year and deliver it, free of charge, to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens and other community partners across the five boroughs. Our programs help food-insecure New Yorkers access nutritious food that fits their needs and desires; increase our partners’ capacity; and strengthen the local food system, building a path to a food-secure future for all New Yorkers. To learn more about our work, visit CityHarvest.org.
About Food Bank of the Hudson Valley
The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley is dedicated to alleviating hunger, while preventing the waste of wholesome food. It is a branch of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and a member of Feeding America, the national food bank network. It was founded in 1990 in Newburgh, New York.
Working in partnership with the food industry, the Food Bank collects large donations of unmarketable but still edible food and distributes it to charitable agencies feeding hungry people in a six-county region. To donate: foodbankofhudsonvalley.org/donation-opportunities/.
About A Single Bite
A Single Bite’s food-based mission is to feed families in need and to teach students the value of healthy food choices. Since March 2020, the nonprofit’s Family Meal Program has prepared and delivered more than 110,000 meals to local families struggling to put food on the table. A Single Bite’s Real Food Education Program presents four sessions that engage, empower and educate Sullivan County’s middle school students to make healthy choices whenever possible. Visit asinglebite.org for more information.