|How much food will you have left over this Thanksgiving?–credit|
It often seems like yesterday that I was sitting at the kids’ table anxiously awaiting my chance to graduate to the adults’ table to partake in Thanksgiving dinner. Our family always had more food than we could eat; my grandmother outdid herself every holiday, waking up at the crack of dawn to get the bird in the oven. We’d stuff ourselves around 2 p.m. and then by 7 p.m., it was time to eat a cold turkey sandwich whether we were hungry or not. No matter how much we’d eaten, we always had an abundance of food left for the days to come.
I still look forward to eating turkey with all the fixings every year, but, unlike me and many other Americans who feast on this holiday each November, some aren’t so fortunate and may not have the means to take part in such a customary meal with family and friends. Likewise, each time this special Thursday rolls around, I notice so much surplus food. Though some turkey and stuffing may end up in lunch boxes or microwaved on plates for Black Friday’s supper, a good deal of this food is never eaten –– by anyone. Though not usually intentional, some have too much, while others have not nearly enough.
You may ask the question, “Wouldn’t it be great if we could just give all this extra food to the people who really need it?” It would be great. And, this probably sounds simple, but it’s certainly not, especially in a city as large as New York. Enter City Harvest.
|City Harvest rescues food for those who need it the most.–via City Harvest|
Founded 30 years ago, City Harvest was set up to be run by volunteers who connected with restaurants to feed those in need. As the world’s first and New York City’s only food rescue organization, the nonprofit works alongside farmers, chefs, bakers, corporations, donors, and other local initiatives, delivering food to more than 600 emergency programs in NYC’s five boroughs. City Harvest will rescue 42 million pounds of excess food this year and get this food to the people who need it the most. In addition to donating food, many of the chefs at partner restaurants donate time and expertise to aid City Harvest in raising funds and awareness in the continuing fight against hunger.
City Harvest delivers food day and night, 7 days a week, using a fleet of 18 trucks, cargo bikes, and volunteers on foot.
This an awful lot to be thankful for.
|City Harvest delivers food day and night, 7 days a week throughout the 5 boroughs of NYC.–via City Harvest|
Some of City Harvest’s NYC restaurant partners include:
Annisa, Corton, DBGB Kitchen and Bar, Dos Caminos, L’Artusi, Nobu, Momofuko Ko, Olives, Recette, TriBeCa Grill, Wallsé, Craft, Mesa Grill, Gramercy Tavern, Blue Water Grill, Shake Shack, Pigalle, Sullivan Street Bakery, Le Bernadin, Café Boulud, Luke’s Lobster Bar, French Roast, Isabella’s, Red Rooster, Ed’s Chowder House, The Brooklyn Star, Tanoreen, Benchmark Restaurant, Acela Club, and many others.
|Let’s feed our people!–via City Harvest|