Kinda like a Robin Hood of the food world, City Harvest “rescues” food from top NYC restaurants and gives it to the hungry. Currently, there are 1.5 million New Yorkers living below poverty and struggling to afford basic necessities like food. Well, for over 25 years, City Harvest has been dedicated to feeding the city’s hungry.
This year alone, they will collect 28 million pounds of excess food donations from restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers, and farms. It’s delivered free of charge to over 600 community food programs and each week, 300,000 hungry New Yorkers are fed. But it’s not just about giving the hungry a meal, City Harvest also address underlying causes with education about affordable food, nutrition, fitness, and proper diets. They have even teamed up for four-star chefs to raise funds for the City Harvest including Eric Ripert, Dan Barber, David Burke, Tyler Florence, Todd English, Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, Danny Meyer, and more.
So next time you’re heading out for dinner, make sure you support City Harvest participating healthy NYC restaurants like Danku, Mama's Backyard, Cafe/Leo's Latticine Deli, Red Lobster, Per Se, Naidre's Park Slope, Brother Jimmy's BBQ, Market Table, E.A.T., Cucina & Company, Le Bernardin, Angelica Kitchen, Tabla, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Virgil’s BBQ, The Capital Grille, Panera Bagels, Glendale Bagels, 7-Eleven, Cafe Duke, A Piece of Chicken, Pret A Manger, Le Pain Quotidien, Au Bon Pain, Marche Madison, Once Upon A Tart, Hale & Hearty Soups, or Strictly Roots. Maybe give it a go on Meatless Mondays.
You can even support City Harvest more this holiday season by dropping off non-perishable food from November 15th until January 7th at any FDNY or NYPD station, any Modell's Sporting Goods Store in New York City, or to the Daily News building lobby at 450 W. 33rd St.