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 50 million pounds of excess food that might otherwise have gone to waste and will deliver it to soup kitchens and food pantries that serve New Yorkers like these. City Harvest gathers good food from all segments of the food industry, including restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers, and farms, and delivers it using a fleet of trucks and bikes. More than 500 community programs throughout the five boroughs—such as The Bowery Mission and Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen —ensure the food reaches the people who need it most, free of charge. For City Harvest, each pound of food costs just 25 cents to deliver, making it an affordable, efficient way to help feed the more than 1.4 million New Yorkers who may face hunger every year.
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