CITY HARVEST ENCOURAGES NEW YORKERS TO DONATE TO HELP FEED CHILDREN DURING PANDEMIC

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City Harvest, New York City's largest food rescue organization, is stepping in to make sure that no child has to question where their next meal is coming from, especially during this time of increased need in NYC.
Photo: City Harvest

City Harvest is encouraging New Yorkers to donate to help feed needy New Yorkers--especially, children--during COVID-19 pandemic.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, 2.5 million working-age New Yorkers were struggling to make ends meet.

Now, with schools and many businesses forced to close, the COVID-19 crisis is further straining many families in our city. School closings, in particular, are making it even more difficult for families who don’t know where their next meal is coming from, as many children depend on school breakfasts and lunches as the only fulfilling meal they may have access to on any given day.

City Harvest, New York City's largest food rescue organization, is stepping in to make sure that no child has to question where their next meal is coming from, especially during this time of increased need in NYC.

As part of its Skip Lunch Fight Hunger campaign, City Harvest is encouraging New Yorkers to donate the money they would spend on a takeout lunch to City Harvest to help feed the 1 in 5 children in NYC facing food insecurity. Last year, Skip Lunch Fight Hunger raised enough to help feed more than 58,000 kids for the entire summer, and now, due to COVID-19 concerns, the fundraising need has skyrocketed.

Donors can participate in Skip Lunch Fight Hunger and easily donate $15 to City Harvest by texting LUNCH to 20222. Just $15 helps feed 55 children for a day, and Danone North America will be matching every donation via text up to $100k, ensuring donations go twice as far.

City Harvest is also encouraging children, adults, and companies alike to participate in its Draw Hope to Drive Hope campaign, where participants are invited to color or draw on one of four downloadable illustrations of City Harvest trucks and email them to drawhope@cityharvest.org to help spread the word and raise funds that will help feed NYC’s children. Using the #WeAreCityHarvest hashtag, people can encourage their friends and colleagues to join in and fight food insecurity during this wary time.

For over 37 years, City Harvest’s trucks have been a symbol of optimism, relief, and hope for kids and families struggling to put food on their tables. Today, City Harvest’s work is more important than ever before, as it scales up its operations in response to the growing need for food amid this crisis.

About City Harvest

City Harvest is New York City's largest food rescue organization, helping to feed the more than 1.2 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables. We will rescue 66 million pounds of food this year and deliver it, free of charge, to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens and other community partners across the five boroughs. Our programs help food-insecure New Yorkers access nutritious food that fits their needs and desires; increase our partners' capacity; and strengthen the local food system, building a path to a food-secure future for all New Yorkers.

To learn more about our work, visit www.CityHarvest.org.

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