May 21, 2014

Blackstone’s Joe Baratta Joins City Harvest Food Rescue

Earlier this week, Joe Baratta, Blackstone’s Global Head of Private Equity, joined the City Harvest Skip Lunch Fight Hunger truck on a food rescue ride-along.

Laura Waitz, Blackstone’s Global Head of Human Resources, greeted Kyle Clifford of City Harvest.

Since its establishment in 1982, City Harvest has delivered more than 465 million pounds of food collected from local restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers, and farms to its network of more than 500 community food programs throughout the city.

Today, City Harvest distributes an average of nearly 126,000 pounds of food on a daily basis, and helps feed nearly two million New Yorkers annually. The organization emphasizes an efficient approach, keeping its costs to just $0.24 per pound of food delivered.

The Skip Lunch Fight Hunger campaign addresses the increased need during the summer months, when access to free school meals become more limited. The campaign encourages New Yorkers to form teams and donate the cost of lunch to the program, as just $10 can help feed 41 children. In both 2012 and 2013, Blackstone was the top Skip Lunch Fight Hunger fundraiser, raising more than $125,000 in all and helping to feed hundreds of thousands of children across the city.

Learn more about City Harvest here.