This Week On FM Magazine: City Harvest – Helping NYC Eat Healthier Food & Produce

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Deb Gordon spotlighted City Harvest’s Bid Against Hunger with acclaimed New York Chef & City Harvest Board Member Marc Murphy, and Kate Mackenzie the organization’s Director of Policy and Government Relations. Jennifer McLean, Vice President, Community Impact spotlighted the Healthy Neighborhoods Program, one of City Harvest’s newest initiatives.

City Harvest rescues and delivers millions of pounds of food to hungry New Yorkers, and Bid Against Hunger is one of the many events the organization holds every year to help raise awareness and funds. This much anticipated tasting event, features food and wine with some of the city’s best chefs, including Mr. Murphy. Guests can also bid on auction packages that include exclusive dinners with top chefs, and other special experiences.

Ms. Mackenzie and Mr. Murphy also provided data about hungry New Yorkers, the majority of which are children, and discussed the increasingly wide disparity between rich and poor communities of the City. Also discussed were City Harvest’s mobile markets that regularly delivers fresh produce to low income neighborhoods which Mr. Murphy referred to as “food deserts”, with very few supermarkets and almost none of the green grocers that are prevalent in wealthier parts of town. Mr. Murphy and other famous chefs often travel with the mobile markets teaching New Yorkers how to weave healthier food into their everyday meal preparation and also offer on-site cooking demonstrations and education classes.

Jennifer McLean expanded on City Harvest’s mobile markets and detailed Healthy Neighborhoods, which was developed to provide low-income New Yorkers access to fruits and vegetables and also helps them make affordable, healthy meal choices. Ms. McLean also discussed the impact of poor nutrition in these communities and the resulting higher incidences of diet-related diseases, which adversely affects society as a whole. City Harvest partners with residents, community organizations, and businesses to bring the Healthy Neighborhoods program to all 5 boroughs of New York City. Ms. McLean stressed the need for continued community support to help carry out City Harvest’s mission especially during the upcoming holiday season.

For more information about Bid Against Hunger, the Healthy Neighborhoods program, and all that City Harvest offers, visit www.cityharvest.org.

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Deb Gordon also spotlighted ways to eat healthier and stretch our food dollars with Dana Owens, Executive Editor of Every Day with Rachel Ray Magazine. The November 2013 issue features great tips on ways to utilize delicious and healthy parts of vegetables that usually get tossed out. Ms. Owens informed listeners that using the stems and ends of broccoli and cauliflower in soups and stews brings out their flavor and also gives more of their cancer fighting nutrients. Another great tip Ms. Owens offered was not to toss out carrot tops — the dark green leaves are rich in nutrients and the peppery parsley-like taste enhances the flavor of many dishes and makes a great pesto. Ms. Owens also discussed using more parts of fruits, such as watermelon rinds, which are usually tossed out, but tastes great pickled and is just as good for you as the pulp and seeds!

Through Healthy Neighborhoods, City Harvest is making fresh food and produce available to more members of the New York Community and utilizing all parts of vegetables and fruits makes sense as a way to eat healthier and not waste food or money.

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For more great tips on ways to eat healthy and stretch your food dollars, visit Every Day with Rachael Ray

–Deb Gordon/Fresh 102.7


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