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In a country filled with weight loss reality shows and Double Downs, the omnipresence of food insecurity and hunger in the United States might come as a shock to some.
Jilly Stephens is the Executive Director of City Harvest. The non-profit organization dedicates itself to ending hunger in New York City by collecting leftover food from restaurants, grocery stores, manufacturers, and farms and distributing it to those in need.
Five Shocking Statistics About Hunger: Jilly Stephens
2. The Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, now puts food on the table for one in seven Americans. A family of three (one adult, two kids) earning over $23,900 would not be eligible for food stamps.
3. In most areas of New York City, a family of three (one adult, two kids) would need to earn over $60,000 to basic needs like rent, medical care and food.
4. One in eight Americans rely on City Harvest or a similar program for food and groceries.
5. City Harvest helps over 300,000 hungry New Yorkers find their next meal each week.
We recently spoke with Eric Ripert about the importance of hunger-fighting initiatives like City Harvest. Ripert is the executive chef and co-owner of Le Bernardin, which currently hold the Michelin Guide's highest rating of three stars and four stars from the New York Times. He is the chair of City Harvest's Food Council, bringing together the city's top chefs, restaurateurs, and food personalities to help fight hunger.
Learn more about Le Bernardin's fish butcher, Justo Thomas, seen in the video above.
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