On Friday, City Harvest will deliver 100 turkeys and distribute them in partnership with Morrisania Revitalization Corporation as part of their work to bring more than 13,000 turkeys to New Yorkers in need in every corner of the five boroughs.
City Harvest recently released new data showing that the cost-per-pound for conventional turkeys is up 60% compared to pre-pandemic prices – and more than 20% since just last year. The cost for Kosher turkeys has more than doubled since the start of the pandemic – up 105% since 2019.
The organization is expecting to spend an extra $100,000 this year in order to ensure they are able to deliver much-needed turkeys to New Yorkers in need. As a food rescue organization, turkeys are typically the only food City Harvest purchases. The high price of turkeys comes as visits to New York City food pantries and soup kitchens remain nearly 70% above pre-pandemic levels.