City Harvest is known for its great work rescuing food from farmers markets, grocery stores and restaurants around the city. They’ve made huge strides in reducing food waste and getting perishable meals to those who need them. But they’ve expanded beyond emergency food relief: They’re making inroads in the realm of nutrition education and long-term solutions to hunger through their extensive Healthy Neighborhoods program, and this year for the first time they’re hosting a leadership summit.
“Beyond Hunger: The City of Tomorrow” will bring together professionals from sectors that range from the mayor’s office to the Union of Concerned Scientists to The Durst Organization. City Harvest’s director of policy and government relations Kate MacKenzie emphasizes that the conference is meant to bring together “unusual suspects.” The daylong summit’s goals include highlighting the interconnectedness of hunger and the structure of cities and establishing a platform for advocacy and action.
“In my opinion, this is a big leap for City Harvest to acknowledge head on that we know the answer to ending hunger is not just food… It’s about so much more than that,” MacKenzie tells us. The summit will facilitate dialogues between designers and food banks, housing organizations and representatives from the corporate sector. “The overall theme is the interconnectedness of everything. It’s no longer acceptable to say we’re going to put blinders on and just try to make sure soup kitchens in NYC have the best food possible.”
The summit will take place on November 9 and features several panels and keynote speakers. City Harvest has also curated an hour of dynamic interactive experiences including a meditation room, a creative workshop on food and hunger and an imagination game. Register here to join the broadening conversation about solving hunger in cities in the long term.