WHO WE ARE

Mission
To alleviate food insecurity and improve socio-economic challenges in Bronx’s underserved communities by providing families, seniors, and residents with resources to help them become self-sufficient and productive members of their community.

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Vision
To promote vibrant and healthy communities in the Bronx by ending hunger, which adversely affects children, families, seniors, and residents living in underserved communities.

Core Values
Committed to making a positive and significant difference in the lives of those we assist with:

  • Compassion

  • Optimism

  • Respect

  • Dignity

  • Love

Goals
To provide Bronx’s underserved families, seniors, and residents in need with resources to help them become self-sufficient, thrive out of poverty, and become productive members of their community by:

  • Increasing access to healthy and nutritious food with emergency food and nutrition education programs

  • Increasing access to community programs, benefits, and social services with case management and referral programs

  • Integrating more residents back into the workforce with adult enrichment programs

History
2008

  • Every Day is a Miracle is founded by Walter Estrada, Maria Estrada, and Mercedes Liriano – three South Bronx community members – after witnessing families, seniors, and residents in their community struggling with hunger and food insecurity

  • Walter, Maria, and Mercedes begin volunteer emergency food bag distributions to approximately 20 families and individuals each month

2009

  • Joined Food Bank For New York City’s Member Network as a member agency and emergency food program provider

  • Every Day is a Miracle more than doubles its volunteer emergency food bag distributions from 20 to 50 families and individuals each month

2011

  • Every Day is a Miracle is officially incorporated and receives its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status

  • Joined City Harvest’s network as a community food program provider

  • Established a full-scale food pantry with the support of state and federal emergency food programs, and significantly increases access to healthy and nutritious food for food insecure families, seniors, and residents in the South Bronx

  • Launched its additional support referral program by connecting food pantry visitors to other community resources, benefits, and social services, such as public assistance, SNAP (i.e. food stamps), resource centers, etc.

2014

  • Converted its food pantry into a client-choice model, which allows visitors to choose their food selections to meet dietary needs and religious/cultural preferences. As a result, food waste has dramatically decreased, and access and consumption of healthy and nutritious food has significantly increased.

  • Expanded its additional support referral program to also provide support services to food pantry visitors, such as:

    1. Intake Screenings & Application Assistance: Housing, SNAP (i.e. food stamps)

    2. Health & Nutrition Programs: Stay Healthy Club-Wellness Program

    3. Adult Enrichment Programs: Financial Literacy Empowerment Classes

    4. Case Management

2015

  • Awarded and proud recipient of Food Bank For New York City’s “Can Do Award” at its annual gala for service excellence and commitment to the South Bronx

  • Launched an annual holiday drive campaign to provide Bronx children, families, and residents in need with food, new toys, entertainment, and overall happiness for the holiday season. Every Day is a Miracle partnered with local schools, community organizations, individuals, and business to conduct a food and toy drive, as well as host a holiday community dinner.

This year, 2017 we were able to partner with Food Assistance Collaborative initiative to integrated plentiful-an innovate mobile app help improve operations, serve clients with more dignity and reduce waiting in-line. The app is free and easy-to-use software for food pantries and the people that visit them.  It makes keeping track of clients easy for pantries, and lets clients manage pantry visits from their phone.

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OUR WORK

Every Day is a Miracle is committed to helping the 1 in 5 children and 2 in 5 residents in its Bronx community that struggle with hunger and depend on emergency food programs like ours to adequately feed themselves and their families. To fight and reduce hunger in our community, we provide and connect those in need with beneficial and meaningful services – helping our families, seniors, and residents to thrive from poverty and empower them to become self-sufficient and contribute to the community at large. Learn more about Every Day is a Miracle’s programs and services here.

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How We Source Food
The food Every Day is a Miracle receives for distribution in its client-choice food pantry comes from our network food relief organizations’ warehouse, rescue food agencies, food vendors, community garden, and farmers. We take pride in serving our food pantry visitors a variety of healthy and nutritious foods. Our philosophy is to always source the best food quality for our families, seniors, and community residents.

How We Distribute Food
In 2015, Every Day is a Miracle converted its traditional food pantry into a client-choice model, which allows visitors to choose their food selections to meet dietary needs and religious/cultural preferences. As a result, we are able to better identify food preferences of our visitors, reduce food waste, increase access to healthy and nutritious foods. Most importantly, we are able to provide a more dignified food pantry experience while empowering them to choose food wisely and improve their eating lifestyle.

Every week through our Food Choice Pantry Shop, we are able to distribute approximately 250 healthy, nutritious, well-balanced food pantry bags to families on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS.

Promoting Self-Sufficiency
All of Every Day is a Miracle’s programs and services are designed towards empowering and uplifting families and individuals out of poverty and becoming more economically independent. We provide a wide range of programs and services to everyone who enters our doors.

Building Local Capacity
Every Day is a Miracle provides technical assistance and support to other community groups or agencies that are either starting up or want to grow their programs. This service is provided through a first come, first serve application process with a scaling fee basis on annual organizational budget. We provide technical assistance and support in the following, but not limited services:

  • How to start an emergency food program

  • Finance and budgeting

  • Bookkeeping and record keeping

  • Application assistance

Technical assistance and support is provided on a rolling basis, only one service at a time, in both English or Spanish. If your group or organization will like to be considered for these services, or would like to speak to a coordinator

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OUR IMPACT

Our Programs & Services

Since 2008, our Food Program is fighting-HUNGER providing more than 2.9 million meals to 294,834 Individuals.

In 2015-2016, our Food Choice Pantry Shop were able to provide 287,805 meals to 22,000 children, 20,679 adults, and 6,591 seniors

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In 2015-2016, our Stay Healthy-Wellness Club provided health and nutrition workshops to 150 individuals and 75 seniors

In 2015-2016, our Adult enrichment program provided:

  • 55 young adults with job readiness assistance

  • 15 women seeking to start or expand their business with entrepreneur support

  • 25 individuals, including women, seniors, and young adults, with financial literacy and empowerment

In 2015-2016, through our Social Services support referral program we assisted our food pantry visitors and their families with:

  • 125 housing applications

  • 175 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as The Food Stamp Program) screenings and applications

  • 55 Department for Youth & Community Development (DYCD) youth summer employment online applications

  • 155 referrals to other social service agencies

Our Community Partnerships

Every Day is a Miracle would not be able to carry out its mission without its partnership with volunteers, local schools, community gardens, businesses, and community organizations. In 2015-2016 we:

  • Partnered with career advisors at 3 local universities and community colleges to increase student community engagement in improving the wellbeing of underserved neighborhoods

  • Partnered with 7 local elementary, middle, and high schools for a year-end food and toy drive event that collected approximately 20,000 food items and 250 new toys to bring holiday cheer for

  • Engaged 569 volunteers with 11,565 volunteer hours to help us provide our vital programs and services to our community

We also participate in community organization coalition reunion and have public leaders speak regarding our programs. we do every possible to inform the Bronx recipients about our services.

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HUNGER REPORTS

Poverty and Hunger in the Bronx

  • Nearly 1 in 3 Bronx residents (30.4 percent or 1,420,412) live below the poverty level. Of those living in poverty, more than 3 in 5 are children (42.9 percent or 360,259), nearly 1 in 3 are women (32.5 percent or 244,754), more than 1 in 8 are employed (13.6 percent or 81,262), and 1 in 4 are seniors over 60 (25 percent or 228,38) live in poverty, according to the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (2001-2015).

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  • Approximately 1 in 6 Bronx residents (or 16.1 percent or 229,800) are food insecure and it is the only borough in New York City where 100 percent of its food insecure are eligible for federal nutrition assistance programs, according to Feeding America’s latest Map the Meal Gap Map data.

  • More than 1 in 3 Bronx households (37.2 percent) receive SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as The Food Stamp Program). Of these households receiving food stamps, more than half have children under 18 (51.2 percent), more than 2 in 5 have a disabled household member (42.5 percent), and nearly 1 in 3 have senior household member over 60 (32.2 percent). Additionally, 58.5 percent of households who receive food stamps lived below the poverty level and 41.5 percent live at or above the poverty level, according to the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (2001-2015).

Who is affected by Hunger?
In New York City, approximately 1 in 7 New Yorkers are food insecure (14.9 percent or 1,253,720), according to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap 2017 report. You can see hunger almost everywhere, from the homeless on the street to those waiting on long food pantry lines. Children, women, and seniors are most affected by hunger who lack access to healthy and nutritious foods which. According to the Food Bank For New York City’s Hunger’s New Normal: Redefining Emergency in Post-Recession New York City report:

  • Approximately 1 in 5 New Yorkers (estimated 1.4 million) relied on emergency food programs, including soup kitchens and food pantries, each year.

  • Approximately 1 in 5 children (19 percent or approximately 339,000) relied on emergency food programs, including soup kitchens and food pantries, each year.

  • Approximately 1 in 6 women (17 percent or approximately 604,770), relied on soup kitchens and food pantries.

 

  • Approximately 1 in 5 seniors (20 percent or approximately 204,000), relied on soup kitchens and food pantries.

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OUR SUPPORTERS

Every Day is a Miracle greatly appreciates the generous support of its partners and volunteers who have joined us in our mission and efforts to end hunger and poverty in the Bronx. It is with great privilege that Every Day is a Miracle acknowledges and highlights the commendable dedication of its following partners and supporters:

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  • Aaron

  • Brilla College Prep

  • Bronx Community College

  • Capital One

  • Cibao Meat

  • City Harvest

  • Columbia University-Law Department

  • Food Bank For New York City

  • Hunger Free America

  • New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities

  • NYC Human Resources Administration

  • South Bronx Preparatory HS

  • The Laboratory School of Finance & Technology

  • The House of the Almond Tree Church

  • United Way of New York City

  • Youth Philanthropy Initiative

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OUR PEOPLE

Every Day is a Miracle was founded by a group of individual that were looking to make a change in the community by providing a relief to poverty and hunger.

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Board of Directors

Founder/Chair
Walter Estrada

For more than 20 years, Mr. Estrada has been a local community stakeholder in the South Bronx supporting and advocating for those in need on issues of hunger, poverty, immigration, and anti-violence. Mr. Estrada has helped local agencies start and develop programs, such as rehabilitation centers and food pantries. As an independent contractor for almost 25 years, Mr. Estrada has a strong understanding of infrastructure and logistics.

Founder/Vice-Chair & CEO
Maria Estrada

Affected by witnessing families, seniors, and residents in the community struggling with hunger and food insecurity - Mrs. Estrada, began Every Day is a Miracle with her husband and mother, Mr. Estrada and Mrs. Liriana, by collecting and distributing food to those in need. Today, Every Day is a Miracle continually seeks strategic partnerships and ways to increase its resources and efforts to provide reliable and effective programs and services for those in need. As a long-time community advocate, Mrs. Estrada addresses issues that adversely affects underserved families and children in the Bronx, such as free school meals, hunger, poverty, immigration justice, and education for all. For many years, Mrs. Estrada has worked to promote vibrant and healthy communities where its children can grow and play freely and where its residents are proud to call themselves Bronx residents. Mrs. Estrada has a BS in Accounting and worked in the field for more than 12 years.

Founder/Treasurer
Mercedes Liriano

Mrs. Liriana is a long-time community leader dedicated to helping those in need and making a positive change in the South Bronx community. As an entrepreneur and business woman, Mrs. Liriano works hard to put food on her family’s table and has many years of experience in business planning and operations. Mrs. Liriana, married for almost 27 years, is a dedicated mother of four and proud grandmother of eight.

Secretary
Jocelyn Taveras

Staff

Program Manager
Henry Corniel

Client Services
Arlina Valdez

Benefits Specialist
Candy Torres

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