The wives of several members of the New York Mets organization teamed up with City Harvest, New York City’s first and largest food rescue organization, to pack food for families in need across all five boroughs.
The volunteers filled the family-sized bags with fresh produce and canned items that City Harvest trucks will deliver to food pantries and soup kitchens across New York City.
Events like these are a great support to City Harvest, enabling them to deliver more than 111 million pounds of food this year to help feed 1.5 million New Yorkers struggling with food insecurity. Most of the food given out is from farmers, wholesalers or manufacturers giving large-capacity containers of supplies.
“The Mets have been a wonderful partner to City Harvest for many years, and we are honored to host the New York Mets’ wives to pack food for New Yorkers in need,” City Harvest CEO Jilly Stephens said. “We believe that everyone in our city should have access to the nutritious food they need to thrive, and we look forward to continuing our work with the New York Mets and our partners across the five boroughs to make that vision a reality.”
This event came after the Amazin’ Mets Foundation and Citi’s July Virtual Food Drive, which raised enough to feed more than 100,000 New Yorkers for a day. City Harvest said they have been particularly thankful for the help since many are still grappling with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Amazin’ Mets Foundation will present the check to Stephens during an in-game ceremony at Citi Field following the repack event.