Despite all those restaurants with all that food, 1.5 million New Yorkers struggle to feed themselves and their families, and not because they can't get a coveted spot on the reservations list.
Recognizing excess on one end of the dining spectrum and lack on the other, nonprofit City Harvest has been "rescuing" food from restaurants for more than a quarter century, feeding it to the city's poorest residents.
"We'll rescue food from all segments of the food industry -- so restaurants, corporate cafeterias, farmers, manufacturers -- and we'll deliver it to New York's hungry men, women and children."
City Harvest specializes in rescuing perishable items, including more than 28 million pounds of fresh fruit this year. Volunteers and employees on foot, driving trucks and riding bikes rescue the food and deliver it to nearly 600 community food programs throughout New York, helping feed more than 300,000 people a week.
The organization boasts an impressive list of chef supporters, including the aforementioned Eric Ripert and Ben Pollinger, executive chef at Oceana.
"We cook here for people to enjoy food for food's sake," Pollinger told CNN. "And while we're doing this there's people out there who don't have enough food for their basic necessity of life. So it's really important, anything that we have that's fit to serve goes to some good use somewhere."
To read more, visit City Harvest and CNN.