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.
Although many would envy the fame and clout of New York City’s mayor, the true power of Manhattan lies in the crown of its Brisket King. Each year, contestants from local restaurants and upstate farms compete for the title during a barbecue cook-off judged by celebrity chefs and brisket experts, vying for top honors as they roast tender cuts of beef from their unique recipes. All the while, attendees sample the succulent meats and sip libations from a bar stocked with everything from beer to “Bullshot,” a cocktail of vodka-infused brisket juice. To crown the champion, a panel of qualified judges decide the winner, relying on their expertise in distinguishing a basket of perfectly cooked brisket from a plate of steamed broccoli.