Summer in the City by CITY HARVEST has raised funds for over a million meals for New Yorkers in need

Editor’s Note: We’re thrilled to bring news from City Harvest and their recent “Summer in the City” event which supported the great work they do feeding New Yorkers in need.

City Harvest, New York’s first and largest food rescue organization, recently celebrated the return of summer in the city, his first summer tasting. After a two-year hiatus, the event has raised enough money to provide more than one million meals to New Yorkers in need.

This year’s theme, Camp City Harvest, transported hundreds of participants into the thrill of summer camp. From s’mores to bug juice, guests enjoyed food and beverage selections curated by some of New York’s most renowned restaurants, chefs and mixologists, including Aquavit, Big Gay Ice Cream, Caffè Panna, COTE Korean Steakhouse, Eitan Productions, GupShup, Melba’s, Muddling Memories, Rezdôra, Semma, Veselka, Wayan, and more.

“As we emerge from two challenging years for our city, the success of last night’s event demonstrates that New Yorkers remain committed to helping neighbors facing food insecurity, especially amid rising food prices. costs of food, rent and other necessities,” said Jilly Stephens, CEO of City Harvest. “Thanks to our Co-Chairs, Sponsors, Host Committee and the remarkable generosity of the hundreds of guests who spent their evening with us, we will be able to provide over one million fresh and nutritious meals to New- Yorkers in need.”

Since the start of the pandemic, food insecurity rates in New York City have increased by 36% overall and 46% among children. To meet this increased need, City Harvest has rescued and delivered more than 270 million pounds of food since March 2020 to help New Yorkers put meals on their tables during the pandemic – far more than at any other time in the history of the organization.

Notable attendees included Showtime’s Desus Nice Desus & MeroNetflix’s Phil Rosenthal Somebody Feed Philand HBO’s Domenick Lombardozzi Thread and We own this town, and many members of the City Harvest Food Council, including Harlem’s Melba Wilson Restaurant that of Melba, who also sits on the board of directors of City Harvest), Eitan Bernath of Eitan Productions and author of Eitan eats the worldEmma Bengston from AquavitDavid Shim from COTE Korean Steakhouse, Cedric and Ochi Vongerichten from wayanEd McFarland of Ed’s Lobster BarMatt Katakis from Butcher BarIvy Stark MexologyJudy Joo from seoul birdCody Goldstein from Tangled memoriesand Hong Thaimee of Love Thaimee.

The Summer in the City 2022 Presents: Camp City Harvest the co-chairing committee included E. Desiree Asher, Josh Blaine, Greg Buhay, Taryn and Guss Firestein, Lauren Marra, Whitney and Anthony Rallo, and Dana M. Zukofsky.

Special thanks to event sponsors Capital One, Two Good Yogurt, Fidelis Care, Empire Merchants LLC, I. Halper Paper & Supplies, NBA Cares and Taylor Creative Inc. furniture rental. Special thanks to our beverage partners Michter’s American Whiskeys, Los Siete Misterios Mezcal, Crop Vodka, DRINKS, Loverboy, Peconic Bay Vineyards, Proximo Spirits, RIPE Bar Juice and Sound sparkling water. Special thanks to our media partners New York Magazine and PIX11.

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About City Harvest:

City Harvest is New York’s first and largest food rescue organization, helping to feed millions of New Yorkers struggling to put meals on their tables. As the city emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, we will save more than 100 million pounds of fresh, nutritious food and deliver it for free to nearly 400 pantries, soup kitchens, community partners and our own Mobile Markets® in the five boroughs. We work alongside our community partners to build community capacity, develop nutrition education and strengthen local food systems. For over 35 years, City Harvest has always been there to feed our city, one day, one meal, one New Yorker at a time. To learn more, please visit

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