Serving New York City for 30 years, City Harvest is the world’s first food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding the city’s hungry men, women and children. Over one million New Yorkers face hunger each year. In 2013, City Harvest will collect more than 42 million pounds of excess food from all segments of the food industry and deliver it free of charge to some 600 community food programs throughout the city.
Our one million dollar grant over four years specifically invests in City Harvest’s Healthy Neighborhoods initiative, which addresses some of the diet-related conditions surrounding hunger in New York City, such as obesity and diabetes. City Harvest has identified low-income communities across the five boroughs with high rates of hunger and diet-related disease – Melrose in the South Bronx, the North Shore of Staten Island, Bed Stuy in Brooklyn, Washington Heights/Inwood in Manhattan, and Northwest Queens – and developed programs geared to increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables, educate residents about nutritious dietary choices, and help future generations lead healthier lives.