The Food Bank For New York City Helped New Yorkers Recovered Over $60 Million in 2010

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C–Brooklyn, Staten Island) is urging constituents to take advantage of a helpful program being offered by the Food Bank For New York City. As we approach tax season, the Food Bank will be offering certain local residents free tax return preparation. In order to qualify for this program, individuals or married couples must have worked or received unemployment in 2010, and earned less than $18,000 without dependents or less than $50,000 with dependents. This service is available for most basic tax returns. Returns for self-employed taxpayers (Schedule C) will be prepared only for child care providers and taxi drivers.

“Food Bank For New York City does amazing work within the community through various programs such as food distribution and nutrition education,” said Malliotakis. “This is a great way to help our neighbors in the most basic of ways – by helping them keep some of their own money in their pockets.”

“New Yorkers could be missing out on thousands of dollars in tax refunds – money that lower-income working people can use to pay bills, purchase food for their families, and start saving for their futures,” said Lucy Cabrera, Ph.D., President & CEO of the Food Bank For New York City. “Last year, the average tax refund was $2,700. This isn’t just free money. It is money that has been earned and we want to make sure working individuals receive every penny of it.”

Food Bank For New York City will be hosting a number of tax preparation sites across the city, including:

Sovereign Bank
15 Hyatt Street
St. George

Project Hospitality
514 Bay Street
Stapleton

Centro de Hospitalidad
1546 Castleton Avenue
Port Richmond

Center for Family Life
5505 4th Avenue
Sunset Park

For a checklist of what taxpayers will need to bring, or any other information regarding this program, please go to www.foodbanknyc.org/go/taxhelp. Information can also be found by calling 311, by contacting Food Bank For New York City at (212) 566-7855, or by contacting Paul Marrone, Chief of Staff for Assemblywoman Malliotakis, at (718) 667-5891.

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