Each year City Harvest, which calls itself “the world’s first food rescue organization,” collects millions of pounds of excess food from restaurants, grocers, bakeries, manufacturers, and farms, and delivers it free of charge to community food programs across the city. The mission: To help feed the over one million New Yorkers who are hungry and malnourished. As a student of business, I found it interesting to learn how cost effectively this 33-year-old organization runs its operation and how it has extended its anti-hunger work with Healthy Neighborhoods programs. But here’s the thing about the food waste reduction movement you may not know: It seeks toRead More →

I’m an inveterate recycler. Direct mail pitches from charities and insurance agents, informational letters from my bank and retirement fund manager—anything with a blank side goes straight to the office paper pile for use in printing drafts for my everyday work. After appropriate identity purging, everything else is deposited in the recycle bin, even labels I peel from the aluminum cans I am, of course, recycling. When I worked in an office and before two-sided printers were an office staple (no pun intended!), I would put once-used paper back into the machine’s paper supply drawer (taking care to place it properly for another go onRead More →

Wunderkind I was not. (Per Merriam-Webster, wunderkind is someone “who succeeds in a competitive or highly difficult field or profession at an early age”; the reference is from the New York Times article that inspired this post, “Finding Success, Well Past the Age of Wunderkind.”) What aspirations to greatness I did have in my early twenties evidently were stymied by demons I didn’t even know I had. Still, I’ve done okay, even if the road has been bumpy and circuitous. That is why I so related to these stories of people coming into their professional own later in life—native New Yorker Lucille Shulklapper (writer), ErnestineRead More →