Volunteering & Giving
December 23, 2014

New Yorkers work around the clock to fight hunger

City Harvest’s Repackathon brought in 300 volunteers to sort produce and canned goods into family-sized boxes to feed hungry families during the holidays.

In the city that never sleeps, more than 300 volunteers recently stayed up all night — to fight hunger.

The volunteers worked in shifts for 24 hours straight at the 2014 City Harvest Repackathon to help eliminate hunger in New York City. City Harvest welcomed the volunteers to its headquarters in Queens to sort donated produce and canned goods for hungry families during the holiday season.

The food-rescue group collects excess food from restaurants, grocers, bakeries, manufacturers, and farms, and delivers it to community food programs across New York City.

City Harvest Volunteer Services Manager Erin Butler says the organization will rescue and deliver more than 50 million pounds of food in 2014, thanks mostly to volunteers. “Between October and January we will be delivering 12.5 million pounds of food, so this time of year is really crucial that our volunteers are here supporting the work that we’re doing,” says Erin.

Team members from Wells Fargo worked a three-hour shift repacking bulk food donations into family-sized packages for distribution. In all, the volunteers repacked more than 231,000 pounds of food — enough to feed 2,400 families during the holidays.

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