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City Harvest Brings Noble Good

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New York is a city of layers. With gradation brings difference, disparities in levels, highs, lows and everyone in between. Since this vertical lifestyle is purpose built for holding some above and others below; it is easy to forget, but impossible to ignore the population living on the ground floor, the demographic in need.

Marked differences between peoples, magnified by our extreme proximity to each other often lends itself to ridicule. Our distance to those in need seems preposterous when viewed historically. Torn from the same genetic cloth 200,000 years past compels me to seek a higher vision of interrelatedness that transcends any modern difference or carefully placed distance. I am my brothers keeper. In one of Muhammad’s last public sermons, he most eloquently proclaims: “Oh people! We have formed you into nations and tribes so you may know one another” (49: 13). Knowing one another is achieved by reaching toward others with intelligence, understanding and the capacity for compassion. The accident of birth instills us all with this responsibility.

Hunger as it exists in society and the politics behind reducing the numbers is of extreme fascination to me, and I want to direct everyone toward an upcoming conference at Columbia on: The Politics of Food.

I’ve also started a can food drive at work, the first philanthropic move I’ve made, and am excited to see collection totals.


Hunger and poverty are often two faces of the same coin. The struggles of the 1.5M New Yorkers currently living in poverty afford Yahoo the opportunity to harness our scale with sizeable impact. This Thanksgiving, please join the three New York offices in a campaign against hunger in NYC. In partnership with City Harvest and the Food Bank for New York, Yahoo will be collecting non-perishable canned food in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.

Poverty in Context

Over 12 percent of the 1.5M New Yorkers living in poverty are children years five and under.
Of those in poverty, more than 1M rely on emergency food at some point during the year
City harvest helps feed over 260,000 people each week.
*Data from the U.S. Census Bureau

Our collective goal is a reach of 100% participation across all employees, irrespective of donation amount. The campaign will begin this Monday, November 10th and will conclude Wednesday, November 26, 2008. Donation receptacles will be provided in kitchen and gaming areas of each office.

Thank you for all your noble good as we continue to work together in facing problems that confront all New Yorkers this holiday season.


Written by michaelhenryhersh

November 12, 2008 at 9:03 AM

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