by Stephen Garner

Heavenly Harvest, a not for profit organization that makes delicious and nutritious foods that are distributed to those in need, is hosting a benefit dinner next week in New York City.

Join chef John Doherty and Feed the Children for a benefit dinner to help end childhood hunger at Blackbarn Restaurant, located at 19 East 26th Street, on Tuesday, September 24th.

The multi-course dinner will help to raise funds in order to continue to create nutritious ready-to-eat meals to feed families who struggle with hunger and poverty in both the NYC area and across the country.

Each seat, which costs $250, equates to 115 meals, which can make or break a child’s food options. So, every seat matters.

Many of us think of people who are hungry, as those that are homeless and destitute. The fact is, many Americans that are hungry are hardworking people making minimum wage or people who’ve lost their jobs, can’t pay their bills and face eviction. They just don’t make enough money to put three meals on the table. Besides not having enough money for three meals, sadly, it’s cheaper to buy a meal at a fast-food restaurant than it is to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. This only compounds the issue of poor nutrition leading to obesity and diabetes

Here are some statistics. A staggering 1 in 6 Americans face hunger each day. Food insecurity exists in every county in America. In 2015, 20.9 million households were food insecure. In the U.S., hunger isn’t caused by a lack of food, but rather the continued prevalence of poverty with 60.1 million Americans struggling to put food on the table. More than 1 in 5 children is at risk of hunger. Among African-Americans and Latinos, it’s 1 in 3.

These meals that Heavenly Harvest prepare are made with meat, vegetables, pasta or rice, herbs and spices without any preservatives or artificial ingredients and exceed the USDA recommendations for an adult’s nutritional requirement for one meal. The package of food is fully cooked and shelf-stable for up to 12 months requiring a microwave oven or skillet to re-heat.

With just a few seats and tables left, be a part of a worthy cause. Buy your tickets here.