Founded in 1982 as the world’s first food rescue organization, City Harvest is dedicated to helping feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers facing hunger. City Harvest will collect 55 million pounds of excess food from restaurants, grocers, bakeries, manufacturers, and farms, and deliver it free of charge to 500 soup kitchens, food pantries and other community food programs across the city this year. In addition to helping meet the immediate need for food, City Harvest takes a long-term approach to fighting hunger by partnering with residents, local organizations and businesses through Healthy Neighborhoods programs which increase the availability of affordable fruits and vegetables in low-income communities and provide the nutrition education and resources to maintain a wholesome, food-secure diet.
It costs City Harvest just 26 cents to rescue and deliver a pound of food and 93 cents of every dollar donated directly supports our programs fighting hunger in New York City. For six years, Charity Navigator has awarded City Harvest a 4-star rating for being an exceptional nonprofit – an honor earned by only 3% of charities.