On the Front Lines
Designated an essential service in the early days of the COVID-19 crisis, City Harvest stepped up to feed our neighbors in need—just as we have done during good times and times of disasters and crises for 40 years.
When the economy ground to a halt and the unemployment rate surged above 20%, City Harvest moved quickly to help feed the massive number of New Yorkers who suddenly found themselves with no income. During the crisis, City Harvest rescued and delivered more than 270 million pounds of food – more than double the amount for the same period of time prior to the pandemic—for our fellow New Yorkers.
The number of New York City residents facingballooned by as much as 54% during the pandemic, according to projections from . Among our city’s children, food insecurity spiked by as much as 64%.
During the Pandemic We Significantly Boosted Our Capacity
Throughout the pandemic, we partnered to help open dozens of Emergency Food Distribution Sites in high-need neighborhoods, particularly wherewere forced to close because of lack of volunteers and fear of the virus. This included feeding frontline healthcare workers at the emergency distribution sites near hospitals and medical centers.
We repacked hundreds of thousands of pounds of food each week into family-sized bags to ensure safe distribution.
We never stopped—ensuring that our fleet of trucks was on the road 24 hours a day, seven days a week, rescuing and delivering food and that our Mobile Markets® remained open throughout the crisis, distributing free, fresh produce and nutritious shelf-stable foods to families across the five boroughs.
In times of need, New Yorkers step up for each other. As New York recovers from the pandemic and economic challenges remain for millions of New Yorkers, City Harvest is committed to feeding all of our neighbors in need—one day, one meal, one New Yorker at a time.
Join us and help make sure everyone in our city has access to fresh, nutritious food during this time of crisis.
As New York City’s largest private response to hunger, your support will keep community food programs stocked with nutritious food for our neighbors—young and old.
Volunteer at City Harvest
See all open opportunities for eligible individuals to volunteer and help contribute to our mission.
View our food rescue, delivery, and convenient pick-up programs to learn how you can easily donate food to support our case.
Draw Hope to Drive Hope
Color or draw on one of our four downloadable illustrations to help spread the word and raise funds to help feed NYC‘s children.
Support Through Your Company
As New York City’s private response to hunger, we need corporate partners to support our work feeding New Yorkers in need.
Policy Updates and Resources
We are continuing to work with anti-hunger organizations at all levels of government to support policies that enable all New Yorkers to feed their families during these uncertain times and beyond.