City Harvest Saves 50,000 Pounds of Gourmet Items – NBC New York

New York City’s largest food rescue organization collected over 100,000 pounds of specialty items from this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show and delivered merchandise to dozens of food pantries and soup kitchens in all five boroughs.

City Harvest has joined the not-for-profit Specialty Food Association, a trade association founded in 1952 that represents nearly 4,000 businesses.

The Summer Fancy Food Show is back in New York City after a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Showcasing specialty foods and drinks, the event ran for three days and ended on Tuesday.

“This is probably the most exciting recovery effort of the year at City Harvest, due to the high-quality produce. Jams, jellies and pretzels, so we have both perishable and non-perishable items. We want to get perishable items out of the building within a certain time frame,” Bill Lynch, president of the Specialty Foods Association, told NBC New York.

After the event, more than 200 City Harvest volunteers collected the remaining perishable and non-perishable items for free distribution.

An estimated one in four children in the city is food insecure, without consistent access to adequate, nutritious and nutritious meals, according to Feeding America, which is a 40% increase since the pandemic began.

1.5 million New Yorkers, adults and children alike, don’t know where or when their next meal will come from, based on the data.

Having been on the receiving end of the food donation line, Cel Witherspoon of Queensbridge, New York has been volunteering with City Harvest since 2014. Witherspoon operates in mobile markets in Queens and Astoria, as well as other similar shows to the Summer Fancy Food Show.

“For me, I worry about people who have kids mostly. That’s my biggest concern. Adults, I don’t worry about it. However, when doing a mobile market, they [City Harvest] We told the volunteers to get the tour food first, I usually don’t get anything, but I see a lot of kids – I give them extra food because he’s a kid,” he told Witherspoon News 4.

Since March 2020, City Harvest has transported more than 270 million pounds of food. During the pandemic, the organization released a map where New Yorkers could easily find free food at distribution sites.

On Wednesday, City Harvest hosts its annual summer fundraising event, Summer in the City, with meals and drinks from over 30 prominent restaurants in the city.

“Summer in the City is a great waterfront gastronomic event featuring nearly 30 of the city’s most popular restaurants and mixologists,” said Cathy Holding, Director of Special Events at City Harvest. “The attendees will not only enjoy food and fun in the summer, but they will also raise vital funds to help feed tens of thousands of needy New Yorkers.”

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