PRESS COVERAGE

Examiner.com, November 25, 2014
Kids giving it up for those in need while developing their calendar for giving

“The Calendar of Giving Campaign is F-to-F’s effort to make “giving” more than just a holiday or end-of-year project. The Calendar of Giving was developed to help families engage in a different hands-on giving project every month of the year.”

New York Family, November 19, 2014
Give Thanks & Give Back: 10 Ways To Volunteer Locally This Holiday Season

“In the end, another child gets a toy, but what’s really meaningful is for them to enable a mom and dad elsewhere in the country to be a giver,” says Pam Koner, executive director of Family-to-Family. “It’s double giving.”

Parade Magazine, November 17, 2014
12 Holiday Gifts That Give Back

“In an effort to make “giving” more than just a holiday/end-of-year project, Family-to-Family has developed a Calendar of Giving that engages families in a different hands-on giving project every month of the year with creative, out-of-the-box acts of kindness.”

babble, November 14, 2014
The Gift Foster Teens Really Want (but Rarely Ever Get)

“Pretty Connected and the charity Family-to-Family have been working together on the program Share Your Beauty, which provides unused, unopened beauty products for women who are homeless or victims of domestic violence.”

Design Good, October 16, 2014
9 Innovative Nonprofits That You Should Know

“Providing a monthly box of groceries for a family connects richer communities with some of the country’s poorest areas.”

Publisher's Weekly, July 29, 2014
One Book at a Time Expands its Reach

The latest states to sign on to the program include New Jersey, Massachusetts, Missouri, Maine, Maryland, and Alabama, as well as additional sites in New York and California.

BuzzFeed, July 29, 2014
36 Powerful Photos Showing Not Everyone Wants To Turn Away The Children At The Border

“Faced with more than 50 thousand children stranded on our southern border, we have the opportunity to respond as America has for centuries: by opening our hearts and showing compassion to those in need,” director and founder Pam Koner said in a release.

Bookselling This Week, June 19, 2014
One Book At A Time Aims to Pair Children With Book Donors at Indie Stores

“This is a wonderful way for a bookstore to provide books to children who are book lovers that can’t afford books, a wonderful new away to sell more books in the store, and a way to engage in conversation about literacy,” said Pam Koner, executive director of Family-to-Family.

Inside Out , May 22, 2014
Victims of the Storm and Their Journeys

“We have this sort of model in place…one family basically being linked to another family. I think that’s really the most definitive statement about Family-to-Family, what we really are.”

AL.com - The Birmingham News, May 14, 2014
Needy families in Brookside to get help from Boys & Girls Clubs and national hunger relief group

“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Alabama (BGCCA) and Family-to-Family, a national nonprofit hunger relief organization, have partnered to bring three food programs to Brookside…”

Aspiring Socialite, May 6, 2014
Share Your Beauty Mother’s Day Charity Drive

“It means a lot to me to know that we made a different in the lives of women in need and showed them how much they are loved on Mother’s Day.”

Inside Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry & Hastings-On-Hudson, May 1, 2014
One Family Helping Another

“She calls it The DoorKnob Dinner Project, because participating donors will leave a bag of groceries to provide a simple dinner for a family of 5 hanging from their front doorknob once a month.”

The Journal News, April 26, 2014
Help hungry families — right from your doorstep

“It puts some dignity into the experience for someone who is coming into the pantry,” Koner said. “It’s not just grabbing a bunch of cans.”

Daily Voice, April 25, 2014
Hastings’ Family-to-Family Launches DoorKnob Dinners Program

“We love the idea that a family with more provides 1 meal for a neighbor in need and even includes a recipe for the meal…which makes the act so personal and meaningful.”

Rivertowns Patch, April 23, 2014
Welch’s Support Brings Family-to-Family’s Hunger Relief Programs to Westchester County, NY

“With major support from Welch’s, Family-to-Family the national nonprofit hunger relief organization, is launching its new DoorKnob Dinners Project in Hastings-on- Hudson, N.Y., bringing the number of hunger relief programs it operates in the Rivertowns to three.”

WICN-NPR Radio, April 20, 2014
The Public Eye – interview with Pam Koner

“I can’t tell you how many emails and phone calls I get every day from people who are struggling just to get by.”

The New York Times, February 5, 2014
A Crusade for the Financially Devastated

“When consumers use coupons for its brands, the company will make a donation of soap, shampoo and other items to families in need…High Ridge is distributing the products through Family-to-Family, a poverty-relief organization.”

Macaroni Kid, February 4, 2014
Family-to-Family

“Beginning this month, Macaroni Kid will feature a non-profit organization that we believe should be on the radar of every Macaroni Kid family. We kick off this new monthly column with Family-to-Family.”

Mommy Poppins, January 28, 2014
How Kids Can Volunteer From Home: Host a Playdate with a Purpose

“The next time your child asks to have pals over, consider organizing a simple and fun service project that can be done at home to help people in need.”

The Rivertowns Daily Voice, January 28, 2014
Hastings Group Helps Feed Neighbors ‘Family-To-Family’

“From what we have heard, the food is a lifesaver at the end of the month when SNAP (food stamps) benefits are used and the pantry’s shelves are somewhat scant.”

NBC Nightly News, January 2, 2014
Kids in Sandy-ravaged town discover the joy of paying it forward

“Realizing this was a teachable moment, the school put together a lesson on giving back. They partnered with a charity called Family-to-Family which donated the money to buy the party gifts that will go to a food pantry or to needy kids at other schools.”

examiner.com, December 25, 2013
New Year’s Resolution: Connecting families with more to families with less

“Family-to-Family, Inc., a nonprofit hunger and poverty relief organization, has a New Year’s resolution program that is easy to follow through on and is also very rewarding for everyone who participates.”

Examiner.com, December 23, 2013
2014 Calendar of Giving

“The non-profit has created 12 ways for families and teachers to engage children and adults in acts of kindness throughout the year.”

Happi, December 16, 2013
Answering the ‘Quiet’ Need

Clean hair or full stomach? In 2013, it might be hard to imagine that any US family has to make a choice between shampoo and food. But the needs are great say non-profit groups that are on the ground helping struggling families who can’t make ends meet.

The New York Times, November 27, 2013
Finding Holiday Good Will in Glasses of Juice

There are 505 families from about a dozen states who are matched with sponsor families, and if 505 Vine users post videos before Dec. 23, Welch’s will send a bottle of sparkling juice to each family and Vine participant.

PaneraBread.com, October 15, 2013
Feeding Hungry Minds

“It was amazing for me as I watched the little girls in the family rip open the food box and find two big beautiful picture books along with the groceries,” Koner says. “The joy and excitement on their faces was profound for me to see and that led us to branch out in a whole and exciting direction…”

Points of Light, October 9, 2013
Third-World Scenes in a First-World Country Inspire a Decade of Devotion

Meet Pam Koner, today’s Daily Point of Light Award winner.

Real Simple, October 1, 2013
The Simple List: One Third

“One Third. The portion of food produced in the United States that’s thrown away uneaten each year…help the under-served at family-to-family.org.”

Publishers Weekly, July 16, 2013
SIBA partners with One Book At A Time Literacy Program

“Our goal is to get books into the homes of our country’s poorest children and we really do depend on ‘the kindness of strangers’ to make that happen,” said Pam Koner, executive director of Family-to-Family. “In linking up with independent booksellers we get this wonderfully broad audience to tell our One Book At A Time story to, which is truly priceless!”

Fresh 102.7 FM, July 14, 2013
This Week On FM Magazine: Family-To-Family’s Alison Kase

“Although Family to Family started out as a hunger relief organization, it became an integral lifeline for the people of Broad Channel, New York after their town was severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy.”

The Huffington Post, June 10, 2013
Henrik Lundqvist, Goaltender, N.Y. Rangers: My Charitable Goal for Hurricane Sandy Victims

“I then made the connection with Family-to-Family, a local New York City grassroots charity that specializes in matching those in need with those able to help, who was able to put the money raised through the auction to immediate use.”

Parents magazine, June 1, 2013
Making a Reading Buddy

“To help your kid give back in a way she can understand, check out the programs from Family-to-Family, such as One Book At A Time.”

Examiner.com, May 8, 2013
RED Day allows workers to give where they live

“Workers in Alexandria are assembling comfort and hygiene packaged for the homeless. The non-profit poverty relief organization Family-to-Family connected Keller Williams to the shelters.”

The Wave, April 26, 2013
Groceries, Comfort And Care To Those In Need

“Family-to- Family has provided a simple way for donors across the country to click, order and share a “Comforts of Home Box” for affected families.”

Examiner.com, April 24, 2013
Welcome Home Boxes help Hurricane Sandy Victims Six Months Later

“To me, it’s a travesty that six months after Hurricane Sandy there are still so many families desperately in need of help, with many still living in hotels,” said Pam Koner, Executive Director.

NY1, April 6, 2013
Nonprofit Helps Queens Sandy Victims “Rebuild A Room”

“The Bodens are one of 150 Broad Channel families chosen by lottery in the “Shop ’til You Drop Rebuild-a-Room” project hosted by nonprofit group Family-to-Family, where $28,000 worth of gift certificates were shared among the selected homeowners to purchase materials for rebuilding a room in their storm-damaged homes.”

NY1, March 22, 2013
Queens Person Of The Week: Local Woman Learns Tricks Of The Trade To Rebuild

“Her knack for contracting work was not the only big life change for Kase.” “This storm became a new job for me. I quit my job as a blogger and started working as a volunteer for Family-to-Family.”

NBC Nightly News, February 17, 2013
The Art of Giving

“It’s about a school where so many of the children are in need, and yet they are still learning one of the most valuable lessons in life: giving back.”

Top 40-Charts.com, February 14, 2013
Pop Artist Alex Young Selects Family-To-Family, To Receive Funds Raised Through Sales Of Holiday Song “Christmas Kiss”

“Alex Young chose to partner with Family-to-Family because she wanted to ensure that the all the funds raised by her “Christmas Kiss” campaign would have immediate and direct impact for Sandy storm families who needed it most.”

Encore.org, February 13, 2013
Pam Koner

Pam Koner is connecting families with more to families with less to combat hunger across the United States.

MTV, January 8, 2013
Don’t Forget about Superstorm Sandy, 5 Ways to Still Help Now

“Thanks to the good people behind Family-to-Family you can give donations, send notes of support and more when you “adopt” a specific family affected by Superstorm Sandy.”

MSNBC Up, December 25, 2012
Top Charities by “Up”

“Family-to-Family….one of the top charities those at Up With Chris Hayes think are some of the best in the world!”

News 12 Westchester, December 14, 2012
Giving Works launched in Yonkers

“You could really see the joy on their little faces — both the givers and the receivers, so happy!”

NBC Nightly News, November 22, 2012
Thanksgiving in a Box

Family-to-Family makes Thanksgiving happen for Hurricane Sandy families harnessing the “kindness of strangers”‘

News 12 Westchester, August 22, 2012
Hastings book program offers gift of giving to needy kids

‘“The saying goes, ‘it is better to give than to receive’. But not everyone gets to give, because they simply can’t afford to.”‘

The Wall Street Journal, July 14, 2012
Pam Koner, Donor of the Day: Creating Network of Family Providers

‘”What I hope is that giving becomes part of the culture and embedded in the fabric of a family forever,” she says.’

Christian Science Monitor, June 15, 2012
Family-to-Family links well-off families to others in need

“How can you describe someone who has changed the lives of thousands of people from the basement of her home?”

Rivertowns Patch, June 13, 2012
Moms Who Rock Around Our Towns: Hastings’ Pam Koner

“Ultimately, Pam hopes that through her efforts, she is ‘helping to create another generation of doers and givers.’”

Woman's World, November 15, 2010
Doing Good: “Together We Can Help Make Miracles Happen”

“What if we formed a community of donors?” she proposed. If we match a family here with a family in Pembroke, maybe we can help make miracles happen.”

The Huffington Post, May 15, 2010
Wealthy Californians Support Needy Michigan Families With Monthly Care Packages

“The food is from the Meijer in Burton, but it is paid for by people in California participating in the Family-to-Family program.”

Detroit Free Press, March 15, 2010
Fighting Hunger, Forging Bonds

“There’s a lot of cross-country goodwill in 14 boxes filled with frozen chicken patties, a 7-pound boneless ham, canned goods, bread, cheese, fresh lettuce and scalloped potatoes.”

Family Circle, December 1, 2009
A Mighty Heart

“We match families who have kids around the same age and ask donors and recipients to write each other, send pictures and share their lives.”

USA Today, November 25, 2009
The spirit of this season: Be thankful, spend less

“Koner matched Kim and Kelli Weeks, 29, a lawyer in San Francisco. Kim’s need for help met Kelli’s need to do something more than work and play. She wanted to show a mother, struggling to provide the basics for her children, that someone cared.”

AARP Bulletin, September 14, 2009
Family to Family

Pam Koner is connecting communities to fight hunger “Koner came up with an idea to connect families in need with donor families. Today her nonprofit Family-to-Family connects more than 600 sponsor and recipient families in communities across the nation.”

Mlive.com, The Flint Journal, July 23, 2009
Mothers helping others: Burton woman helps bring national hunger-relief organization, Family to Family, to Michigan

“With the aid of one local mom, a nationally recognized “hero” is bringing her hunger-relief effort to struggling households in Burton.”

CNN Heroes, May 1, 2009
Watch the CNN Video on Pam Koner and Family-to-Family, broadcast in May 2009.

Video features: CNN Heroes, Pam Koner; A Different Kind of Pen Pal; Neighbors 5,000 Miles Apart.

CNN Money.com, April 19, 2009
Heroes of the Economy

“Koner never expected she’d need to focus her efforts on her own town. Then layoffs began to hit the middle class-community in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., and she knew she needed to take action.”

real women. real advice., February 19, 2009
Fighting hunger, one family at a time

“I made contact with the pastor and I said, ‘I want to help, what can I do?’ And, I’ll never forget this, he said: “I prayed for a miracle.” “I said, ‘I’m not a miracle. I’m just an ordinary mom and I want to help.’”

New York Daily News, December 9, 2008
Families ‘adopting’ Families – page 2

“Want to help a poor Brooklyn family without leaving your desk? Instead of “adopting” a child orphaned by AIDS in South Africa… you can now “adopt” a family in need – on a web site.”

The Journal News, November 27, 2008
Close-up: Pam Koner, Founder of Family-to-Family

“Hastings resident Pam Koner…mailed out 25 boxes of gifts, wrapping paper, and ribbons to needy families across the country last year.”

The New York Times, June 24, 2007
Ugandan Reaches Out to Hastings Organization

“Mr. Kasekende was taken with the group’s premise of pairing a family in need and a family with enough to share, and he asked Ms. Koner for help starting a program in Uganda. In May, he became the chairman of Family-to-Family’s first international chapter.”

Celebrate with Style LLC, February 14, 2007
Connecting Families, Making a Difference

“On any given day, Pam Koner, a single mom of two teenage girls, fields hundreds of emails. Some are from families that need help, but most are from families that want to offer their services to her charity, Family-to-Family.”

American Profile, January 7, 2006
Fostering Family Ties

‘Lisa Dyson, a pastor at Church of the Cross, says the relationship between donor and recipient families is just as important as what’s packed in the boxes. “It sends a message that somebody cares, and that somebody thought of them time after time…The Family-to-Family program expands their horizons.”’

ABC’s Good Morning America, March 29, 2004
Wealthy Families Help Families in Poor Town

“One city is a community entrenched in poverty. The other is thriving in plenty. The two are now united through a mission of hope that began when a mom from Hastings picked up the morning paper.”

People Magazine, December 1, 2003
Genuine Care Package

‘When she first heard about the boxes stuffed with groceries like spaghetti and cereal, Lily Davis of Pembroke, Il., could hardly believe the bounty had come from complete strangers. “I said, ‘Are you sure?’ These people have never met me.”’

The Seattle Times, November 24, 2003
Monthly food boxes fill a need, bridge a gap between towns

“We’re not sending money and it’s not a one-shot,” Koner says. “We’re sending food and we’re offering friendship. We don’t just do Thanksgiving and Christmas. We all send a box every month…and we send a letter that says, ‘How are you?”

CBS News, The Early Show, October 21, 2003
Helping Those In Need – The Story Of A Woman Making A Difference In A Community Miles Away

“Hunger is alive in America,” Dyson says, “If you’re coming here with a faint heart and a weak stomach, you’re not going to be able to last.”

The New York Times, September 12, 2003
Shopping for the Family (It’s 1000 Miles Away)

“She hopes that the food will feed more than hungry bodies. ‘The idea that people 1000 miles away know that you exist is so profound’, she said. ‘That just changes life’s color wheel, and all of a sudden possibilities unfold.”

OTHER MEDIA ABOUT F-TO-F

(Please contact us at pkoner@family-to-family.org for copies.)
  • The Detroit Free Press “Affluent Calif. Families Aid Needy Ones in Mich.” – March 15, 2010
  • The Journal News “Gift Drive Focuses on Katrina Kids” – November 26, 2005
  • The Journal News “Helping hurricane survivors weather the storm, ‘family to family’” – October 17, 2005
  • Reader’s Digest “America’s 100 Best” – May 1, 2005
  • The New York Daily News “Top of the heap!” – April 28, 2005
  • The New York Daily News “Hastings hands deliver” – November 23, 2003
  • The Journal News “Group Helps Feed Hungry in Illinois” – September 1, 2003
  • O, The Oprah Magazine “Use Your Life” – September 1, 2003
  • WNBC TV News Channel 4 at 6:00 – June 16, 2003