**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
**Harlem Dowling-West Side Center and Biz Markie's Just A Friend Foundation Unite to Launch Biz Markie's Emergency Food Pantry**
*New York, July 26th, 2023* — Harlem Dowling-West Side Center for Children and Family Services and Biz Markie's Just A Friend Foundation proudly announce a groundbreaking collaboration to establish Biz Markie's Emergency Food Pantry, a vital resource aimed at alleviating food insecurity in the community. The food pantry will be open to the public every Friday, providing much-needed support to individuals and families facing hardships. The partnership between two esteemed organizations, renowned for their commitment to empowering communities and enhancing lives, marks a significant step in addressing the urgent needs of those affected by food insecurity in the greater New York area.
**About Harlem Dowling-West Side Center for Children and Family Services**
Harlem Dowling-West Side Center for Children and Family Services has been a pillar of hope and support for vulnerable children, families, and individuals since its establishment in 1836. Through a wide range of programs and services, the organization aims to build stronger communities, foster resilience, and create opportunities for growth and success.
**About Biz Markie's Just A Friend Foundation**
Biz Markie's Just A Friend Foundation, inspired by the late rapper and humanitarian, Biz Markie, continues his legacy of giving back to communities. The foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals through initiatives that address hunger, education, and health disparities.
**Biz Markie's Emergency Food Pantry: A Lifeline for the Community**
Located at 2139 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd, New York, NY 10027,
Biz Markie's Emergency Food Pantry is set to open its doors on Friday, 8/11. The pantry will operate every Friday from 12pm to 2pm, serving as a reliable source of nutritious food for those facing economic hardship.
"We believe that no one should go hungry, and through Biz Markie's Emergency Food Pantry, we aim to make a tangible difference in the lives of our neighbors," stated Karen Dixon, the Executive Director of Harlem Dowling-West Side Center for Children and Family Services.
"This collaboration with Harlem Dowling-West Side Center is an extension of Biz Markie's vision to bring communities together, and we are honored to be part of this endeavor," said Tara Hall, Executive Director of Biz Markie's Just A Friend Foundation.
**How to Get Involved**
The success of Biz Markie's Emergency Food Pantry relies on the support of caring individuals and organizations. To join in the effort to combat food insecurity, community members can contribute by volunteering their time or making donations to help sustain the pantry's operations. For volunteer opportunities or to make a contribution, please visit www.justafriend.org
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