Volunteer opportunity description

City Harvest pioneered food rescue in 1982 and, this year, will collect 55 million pounds of excess food to help feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers struggling to put meals on their tables. Through relationships with farms, grocers, restaurants, and manufacturers, City Harvest collects nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste and delivers it free of charge to 500 soup kitchens, food pantries and other community food programs across the five boroughs. In addition to helping meet the immediate need for food, City Harvest developed long-term Healthy Neighborhoods programs which partner with low-income communities to increase access to fresh produce and help residents shop for and cook nutritious, budget-conscious meals.

City Harvest offers volunteer-taught nutrition education courses for people of all ages across NYC. Our programs, including cooking demonstrations and classes, teach participants how to prepare healthy, delicious meals on a budget.

Volunteers will receive a 3-hour training to prepare you to teach good nutrition and healthy cooking skills.  No prior certification or professional experience is required - just an interest in cooking and healthy eating!  Lend your skills and help New Yorkers live a healthier lifestyle.


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Requirements include:

Attend an orientation and 3-hour training

Must be at least 18 years old

Bilingual speaking skills (Spanish) not required but strongly preferred

Our volunteer needs

We need volunteers who are free at these times


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About the organization

City Harvest, Inc.

Nicole Harrison
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