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Fancy Food Show Exhibitors Donate More Than 94,000 Pounds of Specialties

Last week’s Summer Fancy Food Show ended with a donation of over 94,000 pounds of specialty food to City Harvest, a nonprofit that distributes rescued food to community programs throughout New York City.

“The Specialty Food Association is proud to be able to partner with City Harvest to ensure that unused food from the Summer Fancy Food Show goes to those who need it most,” said Jennifer Carney, director of tradeshow and event operations for SFA, in a statement. “The specialty food industry has always been at the forefront of sustainability initiatives, and our members appreciate the opportunity to serve the community through this food recovery program with City Harvest.”

At the Show’s close, exhibitors dropped off their surplus food in designated bins or indicated that their products were ready for donation.

SFA and City Harvest have partnered on the Summer Fancy Food Show food recovery program since 1997. The Summer Fancy Food Show is among City Harvest's most important food rescue programs, shared Jenna Harris, associate director of donor relations and supply chain at City Harvest.

"With 50 percent of working-age households in New York City struggling to afford the high cost of basic necessities like food and housing, this donation is critical to ensure all our neighbors have nutritious food on their tables,” said Harris. “We are very grateful for our ongoing partnership with the Specialty Food Association and all of the Fancy Food Show vendors who so generously support our work."

During their partnership, Summer Fancy Food Show exhibitors have donated more than 2.1 million pounds of food to City Harvest.

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