When people think of New York, they probably think of tall buildings, busy streets, expensive rent and high end fashion. While all these things do certainly exist in NYC (the high rent certainly does), there are also a large group of New Yorkers who wonder where they are going to get their next meal.
According to the non-profit organization City Harvest, nearly 20% of New York’s population live in poverty. Founded in 1982, City Harvest decided to take on part of the problem, by rescuing good, healthy food that would otherwise end up being thrown out from grocery stores, restaurants, corporate cafeterias, farms and more. Like a cross between Robin Hood and Anthony Bourdain, they seek out the best food in New York that is going unused, and redistribute it to individuals and families in need all around New York.
Collecting, moving, and redistributing this food takes a lot of work! City Harvest employs more than 150 people, and has over 8000 volunteers to move food from 2000 food donors, but they also need cash donations to help fund the operation. For every dollar donated, they can rescue 4lbs of food, and they are super efficient – 93 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to hunger programs.
We decided at Mantry that we had to help support this amazing organization keeping people in New York fed. We’re proud to announce that we will be donating 1% of our annual sales to City Harvest, helping them to rescue tens of thousands of pounds of food over the next year. If you’re interested in learning more about City Harvest, you can check out their website here.