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Published on January 2nd, 2013 | by Priti Ambani

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City Harvest: Diverting Excess Food to the Hungry

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Getting around NYC can be tough for anyone, let alone surplus food. Watch as a Tomato navigates the New York City subway in an effort to reach New York’s hungry. Now serving New York City for 30 years, City Harvest is the world’s first food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding the city’s hungry men, women, and children.

This year, City Harvest will collect 42 million pounds of excess food from all segments of the food industry, including restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers, and farms. This food is then delivered free of charge to some 600 community food programs throughout New York City by a fleet of trucks and bikes. City Harvest helps feed the more than one million New Yorkers that face hunger each year.

City Harvest also addresses hunger’s underlying causes by supporting affordable access to nutritious food in low-income communities, educating individuals, families, and communities in the prevention of diet-related diseases, channeling a greater amount of local farm food into high-need areas, and enhancing the ability of their agency partners to feed hungry men, women, and children.

Recognized for Efficiency

Currently, our cost to deliver a pound of food is just 25 cents, making City Harvest a smart, simple solution to ending hunger in New York City. City Harvest is one of three New York nonprofit organizations recognized by the 2011 New York Times Company Nonprofit Excellence Awards for outstanding management practices. The organization has also been awarded four stars from Charity Navigator, the highest ranking possible, and meet all Better Business Bureau Standards for Charity Accountability.

Watch how a tomato navigates the subway to reach New York’s hungry.




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Hi there! I am Priti and I specialize in strategy and communications for impact organizations that aim to create social, environmental and economic wealth for all stakeholders. Working from the ground up, I help these do-gooders craft effective programs for community engagement, outreach and profitability. Follow my work covering do-gooders, cleanweb, start-ups and Web 2.0 businesses on Ecopreneurist and at Crowdsourcing Week. I enjoy traveling with my boys, cooking up a gourmet meal from scratch and entertaining! Join my community for Social Entrepreneurs on G+ Follow me on Twitter, on LinkedIn and Google+



3 Responses to City Harvest: Diverting Excess Food to the Hungry

  1. Bruce Miller says:

    Funny eh! Tokyo Jaoan even recycles its sewage into charcola like fuel for power genreation and American cities still shit in their drinking water, dump good food before starving people, and due to a strong Capitalist profit Code of ethics would wantonly destroy goods, and foodstuffs before sharing? My Question: What do Chinese cities do with extra foodstuffs?

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