ICE President Rick Smilow sits on the Board of Directors for the organization which collects excess food from all segments of the food industry, including restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers, and farms. This food is then delivered free of charge to nearly 600 community food programs throughout New York City using a fleet of trucks and bikes as well as volunteers on foot. Each week, City Harvest helps over 300,000 hungry New Yorkers find their next meal.
The honor roll truck is a way of thanking the restaurants and organizations that support City Harvest, and we are immensely proud to be included. ICE gives an average of 750 pounds of food to City Harvest weekly and has made daily donations of food for at least a decade. In addition, we also host several events a year at our facility, helping the City Harvest team with fundraising and donor development. ICE students frequently volunteer with City Harvest. In fact, around 20 students volunteered at City Harvest’s Summer in the City at Metropolitan Center this week and got to work with notable chefs such as ICE alum Marc Murphy of Ditch Plains and Landmarc, Harold Dieterle of Kin Shop and Aaron Israel of Mile End. ICE’s staff also participates in the annual Skip Lunch Fight Hunger initiative that asks individuals to donate what they would normally spend on lunch to City Harvest. The entire ICE team is proud to support City Harvest.