Born on the kindness of gentle hearts, City Harvest was founded by a group of ordinary citizens. Baffled by the thought and the amount of fellow New Yorkers without enough to eat, these volunteers were able to assemble a group of friends to help transport left over food that was being discarded by restaurants to where it was most needed.
Thus the idea for City Harvest was established, becoming the world’s first food rescue organization. Built off of common sense City Harvest now delivers an average of 71,000 pounds of food a day while still utilizing the same cost efficient method of picking up and delivering food that they began with.
City Harvest was selected to receive a research grant in the amount of 175,000 from the USDA’s National Institute of food and agriculture. With this grant City Harvest will receive the opportunity to partner with Cornell University’s Cooperative Extension in New York to help conduct an investigation on nutrition and access to food issues in the South Bronx. It will also help evaluate the existing mobile market in the Melrose community.
City Harvest was able to launch its first mobile market in 2004 to help distribute vegetables and fresh fruit for free to residents of numerous New York City Housing Authority buildings.
City Harvest is not only dedicated to feeding the hungry men, women, and children of New York City but they are also dedicated to educating them. They address the underlying cause of hunger and the prevention of diet related diseases within the communities.
If you are interested in the work that City Harvest is doing to fight hunger in New York City, please visit their website at http://www.cityharvest.org