Commissioner Steven Banks talking to Girl Scout Troop 6000

MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY
August 20, 2018
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TOMORROW: #PLANTPOWER COOKING HOUR
DSS COMMISSIONER BANKS AND FAMILIES PREPARE HEALTHY MEALS AT NEW SHELTER IN CROWN HEIGHTS
 
NEW YORK— On Tuesday, August 21, Department of Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks will visit Rachel’s Place, the first borough-based shelter serving families with children opened under Mayor de Blasio’s Turning the Tide plan. Together with families receiving services and supports at this location as they get back on their feet, Commissioner Banks will participate in a nutrition workshop and healthy cooking demonstration led by West Side Campaign Against Hunger. Rachel’s Place, which is operated by not-for-profit social service provider Samaritan Daytop Village, began serving and supporting families experiencing homelessness last year.
 
Commissioner Banks and a family will serve as “sous chefs” for West Side Campaign Against Hunger Culinary Coordinator and Chef Elizabeth Richards. Together, they will prepare a healthy vegetarian meal after a nutrition workshop focused on topics including how to read nutrition labels, techniques for navigating grocery stores, and strategies for maximizing SNAP dollars-for-most-nutrition.
 
Media interested in attending should RSVP with Arianna Fishman at fishmana@dss.nyc.gov and Isaac McGinn at mcginni@dss.nyc.gov.

What:

Nutrition workshop and cooking demonstration with onsite interview availability for Commissioner Banks and a family committed to nutrition and healthy eating

When:

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 — 11:00 AM–12:00 PM

Where:

 Rachel’s Place

267 Rogers Avenue, Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Entrance is on the NE corner of Rogers Avenue and Crown Street

Who:

Department of Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks

Samaritan Daytop Village President and CEO Mitchell Netburn

West Side Campaign Against Hunger Senior Program Director Alyson Rosenthal and Culinary Coordinator Chef Elizabeth Richards

A family residing at this location that is passionate about healthy eating


 
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About the Department of Homeless Services:
The Department of Homeless Services (DHS) works to prevent homelessness before it occurs, address street homelessness and assist homeless New Yorkers in transitioning from shelter and the street to permanent housing. DHS collaborates with not-for profit partners to provide temporary shelter and services that homeless New Yorkers need to achieve and maintain housing permanency. In April 2016 Mayor de Blasio announced a major restructuring of homeless services in New York City, followed by the release of a comprehensive plan in February 2017 to turn the tide on homelessness, neighborhood by neighborhood. The plan’s guiding principle is community and people first; giving homeless New Yorkers, who come from every community across the five boroughs, the opportunity to be sheltered closer to their support networks and anchors of life in the communities they called home in order to more quickly stabilize their lives. Learn more about how DHS is turning the tide on homelessness, neighborhood by neighborhood, at nyc.gov/tide.