City Harvest seeking 200 Long Island City volunteers during COVID-19 crisis

City Harvest, New York City’s largest food rescue organization, is seeking 200 volunteers at their Food Rescue Facility in Long Island City, said Senior Manager of Network Capacity Catarina Rivera​ in an email to The Court Square Blog.

As New York City’s private response to hunger, City Harvest helps to feed the nearly 1.2 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables. This year, they will rescue 66 million pounds of food that would otherwise go to waste and deliver it, free of charge, to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens, and other community partners across the five boroughs.

“We are packing bags of non-perishable goods and produce that will get delivered to our food pantry network and will also get distributed to families at our Mobile Markets,” Rivera said. “We’ve implemented coronavirus safety protocols, including having all volunteers 6 feet away from each other.”

City Harvest has been designated an essential service by Governor Cuomo and New York State. Their work has become even more important with New York City public schools shuttered during the COVID-19 crisis because children may lose access to school meals and families will face greater challenges affording food.

“We’re already hearing that some soup kitchens and food pantries need to close their doors in light of health concerns, and we know supermarkets are struggling to keep their shelves stocked,” Rivera said. “We are committed to responsibly continuing our operations and feeding everyone who is relying on us today, and anyone who may need us tomorrow.”

In order to ramp up their operations to meet the increased need for food, City Harvest has created several volunteer opportunities at their Food Rescue Facility, and they need your help. They have adjusted their volunteer experience in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York City and State Departments of Health, and are requiring all volunteers to abide by their updated volunteer policies.

If you haven’t volunteered with City Harvest before, you will need to create an account before signing up. If you have any questions, please email volunteerservices@cityharvest.org for assistance.

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