Two Birds, One Stone: NYC Food Based Community Organization Spotlight

by Cameron St. Germain

What they do: Six days a week, student volunteers pick up food from various NYU dining halls and centers that would otherwise be thrown out at the end of each day and deliver it to a local homeless shelter or soup kitchen. With these goals in mind, we are able to kill Two Birds with One Stone.

How they do it: We have over 100 active volunteers who participate in delivers anywhere from once a week, to once a month. These volunteers are paired up in groups of four (or larger) to complete the deliveries. Primarily, the food is delivered to the Bowery Mission and the First Presbyterian church.

Mission: A student run club dedicated to feeding the hungry and homeless population in New York City while reducing the amount of food wasted in NYU dining halls.

Latest project/campaign: Last semester we expanded to include our third ‘all-you-can-eat’ style dining hall. We have also strengthened our partnership with the on-campus Bronfman Center, which has weekly Shabbat dinners.  Last semester we delivered a record amount of food, over 4,800 pounds.

Major Funding: NYU

Profit/nonprofit: Nonprofit

Annual budget: NYU gives us around $800 a semester, which is used to for volunteer stipends, and to provide critical transportation (Lyft) when deliveries cannot be completed on foot.

FACT SHEET

Location:

  • 70 Washington Square South
  • New York, NY, 10012

Core Programs: Food waste reduction on NYU campus, food waste deliveries to homeless shelters, other local volunteer activities.

Number of staff (E-board): 8

Number of volunteers: 120

Areas served: Manhattan

Date started: 2006

Current President: MacPherson Hughes-Cromwick

Contact information:

734-883-0064

[email protected]

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