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City Harvest

6 East 32nd St., Fifth floor.
New York, NY 10016
Employees: 100+
Executive Director: Jilly Stephens


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Serving New York City for 30 years, City Harvest is the world's first food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding the city's hungry men, women, and children.

This year, City Harvest will collect 46 million pounds of excess food from all segments of the food industry, including restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers, and farms. This food is then delivered free of charge to over 500 community food programs throughout New York City by a fleet of 19 trucks and three cargo bicycles.

City Harvest will accept fresh food, refrigerated and frozen food, dried foods, food in boxes, cans, and bottles, baby food and formula. The only food that City Harvest cannot accept is food that has been served or deemed unsafe by our staff.

City Harvest helps feed the more than one million New Yorkers that face hunger each year and over 30,000 every week. Demand for food by local agencies has increased 25% over the past four years.

The agency has support from 39,000 financial donors and over 2,200 volunteers.

City Harvest reported total food and public donations of $111.8 million in 2013, up from $89.8 million.


In the early 1980s, a group of ordinary citizens became troubled by the large number of fellow New Yorkers who didn't have enough to eat. When they saw that local restaurants were discarding perfectly good food, these volunteers responded by enlisting friends and borrowing cars to transport the leftover food to where it was needed most. This idea led to the creation of City Harvest in 1982.

City Harvest has distributed more than 300 million pounds of food to a network of nearly 600 community food programs throughout New York City. The organization now delivers some 115,000 pounds of food daily and 42 million pounds this year.

Updated March 8, 2014