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Advocacy Awards

We are dedicated to empowering New Yorkers to advocate against hunger and its root causes.

Since 2020, City Harvest has honored agency partners who have demonstrated exceptional dedication in their advocacy efforts through our annual City Harvest Advocacy Awards. This year, we are thrilled to celebrate the 3rd annual Advocacy Awards, and proudly present awards to a record-breaking 60 awardees.  

In addition to the day-to-day work of ensuring that our neighbors have the food that they need, these leaders went above and beyond by making their voices heard and advocating for policies and systems that will help New Yorkers in the long-term.

2023 Advocacy Highlights

  • Policy Platform

    Together, we launched the new City Harvest Policy Platform, our north star for advocating against hunger and its root causes across New York City. This new platform marks the culmination of four months engaging over 400 frontline partners with invaluable lived expertise through focus groups, surveys, and comprehensive policy analysis. Thanks to our larger community, we are now better positioned than ever to advocate for a more equitable and sustainable food system. 

  • State and Federal Advocacy

    Over two dozen leaders traveled to Albany and Washington, D.C., participating in multiple state and federal advocacy days. There, we engaged with key representatives, delivering compelling testimony about the state of hunger in their communities and thanking them for their leadership in supporting policies that improve New Yorkers’ lives.   


  • Impactful Campaigns

    We made our voices heard in dozens of campaigns, including advocating for SNAP benefits that reflect the true cost of living; allowing SNAP participants to purchase hot and prepared meals with their monthly benefits; lifting the 5-year bar on SNAP participation for immigrants; increasing the availability of halal and kosher foods through TEFAP; investing $10 million per year in the Community Food Projects grant program, which supports community-led solutions that advance food justice; advocating for an equitable Farm Bill that works for New York City; and more. 

  • Advocacy Summit

    Nearly 50 organizations came together for the inaugural City Harvest Advocacy Summit. This day-long event was an opportunity to deepen our understanding of our collective advocacy efforts, and a chance to help shape the future of our citywide network’s policy advocacy strategy.

2023 Advocacy Award Honorees


Allen Outreach Ministry Feeding Program

Anchor House

Bethel Gospel Tabernacle

BOOM! Health

Broadway Community, Inc.

Calvary Food Pantry

Cathedral Community Cares

Children of the Light International Ministry

Community Help in Park Slope (CHiPS)

Christian Cultural Center

Christian Fellowship SDA Church

Church of God

Evangel Food Pantry

Every Day is a Miracle

Gethsemane Baptist Church

Goddard Riverside

Goke Food Pantry

Grace Episcopal Church West Farms

Grand Concourse SDA Church

Hannah Kosher Foods

Help USA

Holy Apostles

The Hope Center Development Corporation

Iris House

JCC Rockaway Peninsula

The Jewish Institute of Queens

La Jornada

Met Council

Movement Pentecostal Christian Church

Mt. Hebron Food for Life Pantry

Muslim Women’s Institute for Research and Development

National Council of Jewish Women New York


Neighbors Together

New Hope Family Worship Center

New York Common Pantry

Part of the Solution

Project Hospitality

Project Lead

Project Renewal/City Beet Kitchens


Salt and Sea Mission

The Salvation Army New York Temple Corps

Solid Rock Baptist Church

St. John’s Bread & Life

St. Mark’s Food Pantry

St. Stephen Outreach Community Development corporation

Shorefront JCC

The Bowery Mission

The Campaign Against Hunger

The Door

The Hope Line

The Red Door Place

The Skyline Charitable Foundation

The Urban Outreach Center

Vets, Inc.

Way Out Church Ministries

West Side Campaign Against Hunger

Xavier Mission

Yeshua Worldwide


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