Benefit Kitchen | Presentations&Competitions

A Busy Accelerator Season

We’ve been busy at Benefit Kitchen! In May we finished up our tenure in the first cohort at Civic Hall Labs, Civic Hall’s new non-profit accelerator. In mid-June we concluded our work with the Points of Light Foundation’s CivicX (cohort 7), where we peer invested $100K in PYT Funds and New York On Tech.

We learned a lot in each accelerator and we thank both organizations for the intensity of their programs and the staff members who invested so much time and effort in Benefit Kitchen!
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Take Two: Benefit Kitchen Presents at New York Tech Meetup at NYU, Skirball

23886360209_fc1d854cd3_kMelanie Lavelle and Dan Beeby presented Benefit Kitchen to 700+ NYTM members on Tuesday January 5, 2016. The crowd was very supportive and the positive feedback we received was overwhelming. Thanks so much to the NYTM crew for putting on such a wonderful event!

Until the edited video is ready, you may watch it here:

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Benefit Kitchen Wins Grand Prize at BigApps NYC

CVVC2SiWUAAb4isOn Wednesday December 2, BigApps NYC chose Benefit Kitchen as the grand prize winner in the category of civic engagement. According to NYC EDC “NYC BigApps 2015 asks entrants to make the city a better place for all New Yorkers by addressing four issues identified in Mayor de Blasio’s OneNYC plan for a strong, sustainable, resilient, and equitable city: Affordable Housing, Zero Waste, Connected Cities, and Civic Engagement.” A press release from the mayor’s office describes the project in more detail.

The day began with a three-minute pitch to the BigApps 2015 Selection Committee Judges who assessed ten projects in the civic engagement category. That evening Drew Lesicko, from AOL Alpha, presented us with the award for their work on Benefit Kitchen. Two other very worthy projects, Addicaid and IssueVoter, were also selected for judges’ choice awards in the category.

We at Benefit Kitchen are pleased to be working with city officials to highlight their progressive anti-poverty programs and AccessNYC (the city’s benefit application system). They believe, as we do, that information is power and that all New Yorkers deserve the opportunity to access the benefits they’ve earned.