Meals Financial institution for NYC requires IRS VITA volunteers


The Meals Financial institution For New York Metropolis, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit and member of Feeding America, has been working to finish meals poverty within the 5 boroughs for over 40 years, and now it is getting help from a gaggle of volunteer accountants. 

As town’s largest hunger-relief group, the Meals Financial institution takes a multifaceted strategy to serving to low-income New Yorkers overcome their circumstances and obtain higher independence. The Meals Financial institution powers an in depth member community of over 800 meals pantries, neighborhood kitchens, senior facilities, shelters, campus companions and different community-based organizations throughout the 5 boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island.

As a philanthropist dedicated to giving again to my area people, I based the Accountants United to Finish Meals Insecurity Council in January 2023 to carry the accounting occupation collectively all through the 5 boroughs of New York Metropolis to offer higher consciousness of the noble mission of the Meals Financial institution and lift much-needed funding. The Meals Financial institution helps communities on myriad ranges together with:

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  • Free meals and providers via a neighborhood soup kitchen and meals pantry in West Harlem that serves greater than 100,000 meals every month. The Meals Financial institution’s crew contains skilled cooks, neighborhood nutritionists, program directors and caring volunteers, guaranteeing households and people obtain wholesome and nutritious meal selections;
  • The senior program, which launched in 2012, supplies a spot for elders to get collectively, take pleasure in a meal and collect for particular occasions. Along with meals and pantry providers, seniors can take pleasure in actions and are supplied with sources reminiscent of well being administration workshops and dietary steering; and 
  • As one of many nation’s largest Inner Income Service Volunteer Revenue Tax Help suppliers, the Meals Financial institution supplies eligible New Yorkers with free tax compliance submitting providers and has put greater than $1.3 billion again into the pockets of hardworking New Yorkers. The VITA program, an IRS-sponsored program, depends on a whole lot of devoted accounting volunteers to make sure filers obtain the essential and crucial tax refunds they rely on and finally assist individuals struggle poverty and meals insecurity.

We’re actively searching for volunteer accountants from accounting corporations of all sizes all through the 5 boroughs to register for our upcoming IRS webinar on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024 at 12 p.m. EST and learn to volunteer with the Meals Financial institution’s IRS VITA program to render tax compliance submitting providers for low-income households and people through the upcoming Tax Season 2024.

I encourage accounting corporations of all sizes all through the 5 boroughs to hitch our valiant journey to finish meals insecurity throughout the 5 boroughs as we are able to make a far higher impression collectively in furthering the mission of the Meals Financial institution. Please assist us and be a part of our Council immediately at  https://www.foodbanknyc.org/hungeraccountable/.

If taken with exploring how your accounting agency can be a part of the Accountants United to Finish Meals Insecurity Council via your accounting agency’s present Stewardship Program, Deliberate Giving Program and/or charitable basis, please contact me at pscalise@saxllp.com or Ed Ilsen, the Meals Financial institution’s supervisor of enterprise partnerships, at eilsen@foodbanknyc.org.

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