Every year the food crisis in New York gets worse and worse.
How is New York trying to resolve this?
Food Bank of Central New York partners with local grocery stores to fight hunger
The Food Bank of Central New York is partnering with local grocery stores to boost donations this holiday season, including Tops Friendly Markets and Wegmans. But Chief Development Officer Lynn Hy said the bank works to get food out to the community every day, no matter what time of year it is.
“There isn’t just hunger during the holidays,” Hy said. “It is 365 days a year.”
Inside the Food Bank of Central New York, the whirring sound of machinery fills the 36,000 square-foot dry storage area as forklifts move boxes of food to the nearly ceiling-high shelves. The bank stocks its distribution center with food from the United States government and donations from local grocery stores and producers, along with its own purchases.
Food donations on the menu for many NYC restaurants
By collaborating with food rescue organizations, many of the city’s thousands of restaurants, grocers and farms are working to ensure that their leftover food also helps to feed the more than 1.2 million New Yorkers who face hunger each year.
Multiple partners are helping to make sure that food rescue is, as Gramercy Tavern executive chef Michael Anthony puts it, “not a passing trend but a defining characteristic of the restaurant industry.”
New York was among the first cities in America to salvage the mass amounts of leftover food from restaurants — traditionally thrown out at the end of dinner service — and turn it into meals for the hungry.