Food Rescue & Delivery

This year, City Harvest will collect 109 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 22 refrigerated trucks that are on the road seven days a week, picking up food from nearly 2,500 generous food donors. We deliver this food, free of charge, to hundreds of soup kitchens, food pantries, and other community food programs.

Our 45,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Food Rescue Facility can accept and store large quantities of fresh and packaged food, which is loaded onto our trucks when they start their routes. We rescue and deliver nearly 300,000 pounds of food each day. Since our founding in 1982, we have rescued and delivered over 850 million pounds of food to help feed New Yorkers experiencing food insecurity.

Get a firsthand look at our work in this feature on PBS Market to Market.

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 50 million pounds of food to 25 kosher community food programs across the city.