Fresh Pantry Project
Hunger remains a serious problem in New York City. Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers depend on food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens every day to feed themselves and their families. For decades, Greenmarket has partnered with City Harvest and local food pantries to provide freshly harvested produce to the hungry. At the end of a busy market day, farmers often have leftover vegetables and fruits in excellent condition that have not been sold. Rather than truck these goods back to the farm where they might get pitched into the compost pile, GrowNYC’s partnership with City Harvest and local organizations ensures that this fresh, local food is offered to those who need it. Shoppers may see City Harvest’s truck pulling up at Union Square, 79th Street, or Brooklyn Borough Hall at the end of the market day to load up what’s left. In addition, some markets are paired directly with local organizations. The Bowery Mission and Yorkville Common Pantry are just two of the many neighborhood-based groups that rely on Greenmarket farmers to ensure that their clients receive the healthiest meals possible.
In 2013, GrowNYC donated almost 1,000,000 pounds of fresh food to those in need.