Launched by Food Tank and the James Beard Foundation, the first annual Good Food Org Guide identifies and celebrates more than five hundred United States-based groups who are cultivating a better food system, including these nine from New York:
The Brooklyn Food Coalition is a grassroots organization working to promote a just and sustainable food system in Brooklyn, NY. This organization upholds and implements the three pillars of food justice—healthy food for all, sustainable food systems, and justice for food workers—through neighborhood-based groups, working committees, and affiliate groups.
Citymeals-on-Wheels ensures that homebound elderly New Yorkers never go a day without food or human company. Citymeals funds 31 community-based agencies to bring weekend, holiday, and emergency meals to elderly people in New York who can no longer shop for themselves. The organization provided two million nutritious meals to more than 18,000 elderly people in 2013.
City Harvest collects excess food from all segments of the food industry and delivers it to 500 community food programs throughout New York City. The organization also serves to educate the public on food issues, ranging from sustainable agriculture to diet-based disease prevention.
Food Bank for New York City is New York’s largest hunger-relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs. One in five New Yorkers rely on the Food Bank for food and other resources. The Food Bank provides more than 63 million free meals a year, and partners with more than 1,000 charities and schools.
Food Systems Network New York City (FSNYC) examines the holes in the current food systems and programs in New York City, and develops policies, networking and information sharing events, and food system analysis tools to address these gaps. FSNYC also improves the health and strength of the local farm economy.
Glynwood promotes farming in the Hudson Valley and across the country by farming, training farmers, promoting regional food, and collaborating with community partners. Programs include Glynwood’s Keeping Farming program, which empowers Northeastern communities to support farming and conserve farmland.
Just Food improves local food access in underserved communities in New York City. Just Food trains community members to organize programs around farmers markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) initiatives, and urban agriculture.
Sustainable Restaurant Corps (SRC) provides sustainably-focused consulting services to the restaurant industry. SRC helps restaurants across New York City reduce their waste and serve sustainable food.
TEDx Manhattan is a series of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share deep discussions. TEDx Manhattan is organizing “Changing the Way We Eat,” led by Diane Hatz, the Founder and Executive Director of Change Food, to help bolster and create new ideas in the sustainable food movement.