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.
City Harvest pioneered food rescue in 1982, and this year, will collect 55 million pounds of excess food to help feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers struggling to put meals on their tables. Through relationships with farms, restaurants, grocers and manufacturers, City Harvest collects nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste and deliver it free of charge to 500 soup kitchens, food pantries and other community food programs across New York City’s five boroughs. City Harvest also takes a long-term approach to hunger relief through its Healthy Neighborhoods initiative.