Twenty-one percent of all the waste in landfills is food.
The cost of living continues to rise at a significant pace in New York City and poverty is most severe among households with children. According to the Self-Sufficiency Standard Report, 42% of all New York households do not have enough income to meet their basic needs.
There are three big food buckets that get my attention: the season of local winter food; exploring unique holiday-related food events; and the best one, sharing the bounty with others.
In one year, Americans alone waste about 34 million tons. That's a lot of turkey, pie, and Christmas cookies ending up in the trash -- instead of in our stomachs.
How Nonprofits Can Collaborate Effectively With the Public and Private Sectors to Help the City's Working Poor
This collaboration has provided some valuable lessons about optimizing resources and delivering stronger neighborhood outcomes, which I believe can be applied throughout the nonprofit community.
In Bed-Stuy, like many of New York's poorest neighborhoods, nutritious options are hard to come by.
The numbers are staggering: More than 24,000 apples handed out per week, 100 dozen whole grain rolls served daily.
Last week Just Food and The Sylvia Center brought together over 200 New Yorkers in a series of meals hosted in homes around the city, reminiscent of how families and neighborhoods came together around the table for generations.