The Issue: Summertime Food Insecurity
Nearly 1.7 million people in New York City live below the poverty line, according to data from the 2011 US Census Bureau. For families who live in poverty, school-lunch programs not only help to keep their students energetic in school, but also lift the burden of one meal a day off their shoulders. But when schools end for the summer, access to free school meals becomes limited and thousands of schoolchildren across New York lose a regular meal. Charitable organizations such as City Harvest work to fill that food gap during the summertime.
The Campaign: Delivering Fresh Produce to Hungry Families
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by City Harvest to deliver nutritious food and produce to hungry men, women, and children in New York City. For every $5 raised, City Harvest can rescue and deliver food for 20 underserved New Yorkers. Due to its efficient practice of rescuing food from restaurants, grocers, farms, and other retailers, City Harvest is able to deliver food free of charge to recipients with an operating cost only of 25 cents per pound. This summer, City Harvest aims to distribute approximately 12 million pounds of food total through its network of community food programs across the five boroughs.
An elderly man without access to fresh food, a child whose stomach growls during school, and an unemployed mother all face the same challenge—not knowing where their next meal will come from. This is where City Harvest steps in. This year, City Harvest will collect 46 million pounds of excess food and delivers it to New Yorkers like these. Volunteers gather fresh, perishable produce from all segments of the food industry, including restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers, and farms, using a fleet of trucks and bikes to deliver it to distribution points. Roughly 400 community programs throughout the five boroughs—such as Volunteers of America and St. Luke's Lutheran Church—ensure the produce reaches the people who need it most, free of charge. For City Harvest, each pound of food costs just 24 cents to deliver, making it an affordable, efficient way to help feed the more than one million New Yorkers who face hunger every year.