City Harvest's "Fresh News" newsletter
(June 9, 2009)


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Welcome to FRESH NEWS!  Read on to learn about exciting additions to Summer in the City, read our latest At the Chef's Table, learn more about our policy work in Washington and much more!

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New Restaurants Sign on For Summer in the City


The deal keeps getting sweeter for foodies attending this yearís Summer in the City. The June 23rd event will now feature tastings by 35 restaurants as well as 4 unique beverage stations.

Guests who purchase tickets to the VIP room, hosted by Victor's Cafť, will enjoy an authentic Cuban cigar roller, live Cuban music, a red and white Sangria bar and special cooking demonstrations!

Click here to see a list of participating restaurants

Click here to purchase tickets now!


At The Chef's Table -- Alex Guarnaschelli


For the Food Networkís Alex Guarnaschelli, City Harvest trucks are an encouraging sight. In this edition of At the Chefís Table, the TV host talks about how growing up in New York City impacted her outlook on hunger, and why she feels compelled to team up with City Harvest.

The former Iron Chef competitor and judge also told us about growing up in a culinary family and dished about her favorite hidden gem restaurant in New York City.

Click here to read the full interview!

Alex will be on hand at Summer in the City on June 23rd offering tastings from her restaurant, Butter. Get your tickets now!

Taking the Voice of NYC Children to Washington

As part of the NYC Alliance for Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR), City Harvest is working with other organizations to ask legislators to make specific changes to federal child nutrition programs that will help more kids get nutritious meals through schools and daycares. Last week in Washington D.C., we met with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who sits on the Senate committee responsible for writing the Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill, and Representatives Yvette Clarke and Carolyn McCarthy, who sit on the corresponding House committee.

Itís now up to our Congress members to increase funding so that schools can buy healthier food and to eliminate the red tape that prevents schools and parents from signing kids up to get free and reduced-price meals. The new bill may be passed as early as July. Please add your voice by going to our website and signing on especially if you are a constituent of Yvette Clarke (11th District) or Carolyn McCarthy (4th District).

Donor Puts Oatmeal on the Menu


When City Harvest volunteer Noah Lukeman called to find out what kind of food he could help us secure for hungry New Yorkers, we suggested oatmeal because itís nutritious, light to transport, and has a long shelf life. Noah set to work raising the money to purchase oatmeal for us, and since then he has made it possible for City Harvest to order over 51 tons of oatmeal -- enough for over 417,000 bowls for distribution at food pantries throughout the city.

Last week Noah met the City Harvest truck at St. Stephenís Food Pantry in Brooklyn to provide hungry New Yorkers with close to 3,000 pounds of oatmeal.

At left, City Harvest staff helping distribute the oatmeal. Photo by Noah Lukeman

Spring For City Harvest Raises $30K to Fight Hunger


City Harvestís Erin Bennett stopped in at Maison last Tuesday to accept a donation of $30,000 from Culinary Tour de France, the restaurant group behind Spring for City Harvest.  During the month of April, diners were able to add $1 to their check and order prix fixe menu items to benefit City Harvest at the group's restaurants.  Erin was joined by partners Alon Moskovitch and Robert Guarino. 

Thank you to Culinary Tour de France restaurants, along with their guests, for pulling together to make this important donation happen!  Spring for City Harvest will help us provide food for an estimated 100,000 meals. 


Want to Know More About Us? Watch and Learn!



City Harvest is proud to announce a new video page where visitors can learn more about the work we do. Included on the page are speeches from City Harvest driver Claude Neal and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn from an Evening of Practical Magic in April.

The page also features three moving videos about hunger in New York and how City Harvest's work is making a difference. Visit the page now to learn more about City Harvest's work.


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