Food Rescue & Delivery

This year, City Harvest will collect 100 million pounds of good, nutritious food from farms, restaurants, grocers, and manufacturers—to help feed the more than 1.5 million New Yorkers struggling to put food on their tables.

Food rescue is the process of safely recovering excess food and distributing it to people in need. Here in the United States, up to 40% of the food we produce is wasted. Much of this food is perfectly good and healthy to consume. By redirecting it to our neighbors in need, we are fighting hunger through food rescue. Check out tips for reducing food waste in your home.

How Do We Do It?

We have a fleet of 23 refrigerated trucks that are on the road seven days a week, picking up food from nearly 2,000 generous food donors. We deliver this food, free of charge, to nearly 400 of soup kitchens, food pantries, and other community food programs.

We rescue and deliver nearly 300,000 pounds of food each day. Since our founding in 1982, we have rescued and delivered over 1 billion pounds of food to help feed New Yorkers experiencing food insecurity.

Learn more in the video below.

Kosher Food Rescue

In 1999, we began our kosher food rescue program, which today addresses the dietary needs of the more than 500,000 Jewish New Yorkers living below or only slightly above the poverty line. To date, we have collected and delivered over 73 million pounds of food to 25 kosher community food programs across the city.