The Issue: Reduced Food Assistance for Kids During Summer
More than 1.5 million New Yorkers currently live in poverty, and 25 percent of New York City children live in food-insecure homes, according to data from the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity from 2008 to 2010. Although many children who live in food-insecure homes have access to meal programs at school during most of the year, during the summer months, many of these children deal with hunger.
The Campaign: Ensure Food Pantries are Well-Stocked
With each $5 donation to this Grassroots campaign, City Harvest can provide food for 20 people as part of its Feed the Kids Food Drive, which helps ensure that food pantries and soup kitchens can meet increased food needs during the summer. Each additional $5 donation will help fund food for 20 more people in need. This year's Feed the Kids Food Drive, which runs from Mother's Day to Father's Day, will provide approximately 160,000 pounds of kid-friendly food to those in need.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
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 55 million pounds of excess food that would otherwise go 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. 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 26 cents to deliver, making it an affordable, efficient way to help feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers who may face hunger every year.
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