Thursday, June 19, 2008

City Harvest

City Harvest at the first pickup

One of the issues facing any CSA is the remaining produce at the end of each pickup. When members select their own shares, such as 1 quart of arugula or 3 leeks, there are discrepancies. As the farmer and members tend to err for overages (rather than shortages), KWT CSA has arranged for City Harvest to pick up all remaining produce, fruit, and eggs at the end of each pickup.

From their website:
City Harvest, a non-profit organization founded in 1982, is the world's first and New York City's only food rescue program.

Millions of pounds of good, edible food are thrown away each year by New York City food businesses. At the same time, more than one million people are hungry, including nearly 350,000 children and more than 140,000 senior citizens. City Harvest is the link between those who have so much and those who have too little.

This year, City Harvest will rescue 20 million pounds of excess food from all segments of the food industry - including restaurants, manufacturers, wholesalers, greenmarkets, hotels, corporate cafeterias, grocery stores and farms - and deliver it to more than 600 community food programs throughout the five boroughs using a fleet of 16 trucks and volunteers on foot. Each week, City Harvest helps over 260,000 hungry New Yorkers find their next meal.

If unable to pick up or swap your share, it will go where it is needed.

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