Merchants from New York City’s Hunts Point Produce Market donated fresh vegetables for a soup project with the goal of raising $5,000 to help feed hungry people in New York City.
Soup chef Todd Kurtis used the produce to create “The Bountiful Harvest” soup. The Hunts Point booth at the Annual New York Produce Show and Conference, Nov. 7-9, provided free samples to show attendees.
The soup is now available to the public through New York City restaurants and supermarkets for a suggested donation of $3 per 16-ounce serving. All proceeds from the soup project will go to the City Harvest program.
The 25-year-old food rescue organization collects excess food from produce growers and distributors, supermarkets and restaurants. The food is distributed to 600 programs that serve 300,000 people every week.
About 40 companies from the Hunts Point market donated produce for the soup. The initial batch at the show was about 60 gallons. More is being made as needed to continue the fund-raising project through the holidays.
“There has been very good response from supermarkets and restaurants,” said Don Hoffman, Hunts Point spokesman. “Some of the restaurants are putting it right on their menus, which is really great.”