About the Campaign

15 years ago, Dana Cowin, then the Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine Magazine, started Skip Lunch Fight Hunger by passing brown paper bags out to magazine executives and asking them to donate their lunch money to City Harvest to fight child hunger. They raised $60,000 in one day.

Since then, thousands of New Yorkers have come together to support City Harvest’s annual Skip Lunch Fight Hunger campaign, raising more than $7 million to fight child hunger in our city. That’s enough to help feed more than 25,570 children and their families for an entire year.

Right now, with nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers facing hunger, City Harvest’s work is more important than ever.

Help make sure no child in our city goes hungry: participate in City Harvest’s Skip Lunch Fight Hunger by starting a team or donating.

Whether you’re rolling up your sleeves to fight child hunger for the first time, or the 15thhere are two ways you can make a difference right now:

Start a Fundraising Team

Round up your colleagues and friends! It’s easy to start a fundraising team at your company or organization. Just sign up and you’ll receive a customizable team webpage and materials including posters, stickers and tips for fundraising success. 

The top 25 fundraising teams will be listed in a full-page Thank You ad, and the top 5 teams will be featured on a specially branded Skip Lunch Fight Hunger City Harvest food rescue truck for one year!

Want to get your senior leadership involved and not sure how to do it? We’re here to help. Email us at skiplunchfighthunger@cityharvest.org or call 646-412-0637.

Start a fundraising team


Want to have an immediate impact? You can help City Harvest feed hungry children today by donating to the Skip Lunch Fight Hunger campaign right now. Just $15 – the cost of an average lunch – can help feed 60 children. How does your $15 go so far? It costs City Harvest just 25 cents to rescue and deliver a pound of food and 93 cents of every dollar donated directly supports our programs helping feed hungry children in New York City.

Donate now