The Issue: Families Living with Food Insecurity
As Thanksgiving approaches, families across the United States will be crowding around their tables to enjoy the comforts of a warm meal with loved ones. According to a report from Feeding America, nearly 1 million New Yorkers will rely on emergency food this year, including more than 1 in 5 children who live in families who don't always know where their next meal is coming from. Hurricane Sandy has forced many more to rely on emergency food while they rebuild their lives, and the impact of Winter Storm Athena will only increase the already-critical demand.
The Campaign: Distributing Thanksgiving Meals
For every $10 raised by this Grassroots campaign, City Harvest can help provide a healthy meal for 40 hungry New York residents this Thanksgiving. Knowing they will have a meal available can help make the holidays a less stressful time for families who are food insecure. This year, City Harvest aims to collect more than 42 million pounds of produce and food from restaurants, grocers, farms, and manufacturers, which would otherwise go to waste.
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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.