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City Harvest’s Food Rescue Program

City Harvest was started in the early 1980s by a group of New York City residents who were concerned about the sizable number of fellow New Yorkers who did not have enough food to eat. The founders also noticed that New York restaurants were throwing away food that was still fit for human consumption. With the help of friends and borrowed cars they began delivering food to where it was needed. This eventually led to the launching of City Harvest in 1982.

Taking pride as the first food rescue organization in the world, City Harvest retrieves excess food from the supply chain and redistributes it to those who need it. This approach provides two solutions: it helps feed those in need while also reducing food waste.

Today, the organization’s food rescue program is facilitated by its fleet of 22 refrigerated trucks. City Harvest has more than 2,500 food donors that include restaurants, bakeries, farms, farmer’s markets, and corporate cafeterias. City Harvest has a food rescue facility in Long Island City with an area of 45,400 square feet. The space houses a large freezer and cooler, which serve as holding locations for the collected food until it is delivered.

In 2016, the organization will recover 55 million pounds of surplus food and assist in feeding close to 1.4 million New Yorkers in need through over 500 community food program across New York City. Since its inception, City Harvest has retrieved and delivered more than 545 million pounds of food as well as prevented the production of more than half a million metric tons of greenhouse gas.

About the author

Isabel Harris Eide

An undergraduate psychology student at the University of Miami in Florida, Isabel Harris Eide has been involved in charity work since high school. During her senior year, Isabel Harris Eide volunteered for City Harvest.

Goodbye, Columbus is a Reflection of Jewish Class Struggle

As it follows the relationship between Neil Klugman and his girlfriend, Brenda Patimkin, Goodbye, Columbus explores the narrator’s struggle for self-knowledge as well as the themes of Jewish identity and class divisions. Neil Klugman is from a lower-middle class family in Newark, while Brenda Patimkin is from a suburban upper-middle class family. Their relationship is laden with the stark differences of the classes to which they belong, even though they share a similar cultural heritage.

The novella is written with irony and a sense of humor, and is thought to be roughly based on the writer’s own life. Philip Roth himself was born into a lower-middle class Jewish family in Newark.

About the author

Isabel Harris Eide

Isabel Harris Eide remembers reading Goodbye, Columbus as a high school senior in a gender and sexuality English course. The novella, written by Philip Roth in 1959, is narrated by the character Neil Klugman, a 23-year-old Jewish man living in Newark, New Jersey. Currently a psychology student at University of Miami, the book is still Isabel Harris Eide’s favorite.

Improving Volleyball Spiking

Spiking a volleyball is an integral part of a good volleyball attack. Often times, players focus on hitting the ball harder when spiking, but it’s better to focus on swinging the arm faster instead. To start improving, players must know their starting point, so it is helpful to hit a volleyball against a ceiling or wall. By taking their focus off accuracy, players get a good idea of how quickly they swing their arms. Players can stop focusing on accuracy as they work on swinging faster. While playing on a team can make this difficult, if players are able to, they should be patient and work on improving swinging speed before refocusing on accuracy.

Since the shoulder serves as the base for spiking a volleyball, players may have to improve the strength of their shoulder joint to get faster swings. While improving strength in the rotator cuff is good, the scapula stabilizers need most of the focus. However, it is not just the shoulder that may need work. Training other areas of the body helps players transfer energy from one area, such as their jump, to the spike. Exercises including medicine ball slams and physio ball push-ups help to improve shoulder-area strength.

About the author

Isabel Harris Eide

A psychology student at the University of Miami, Isabel Harris Eide enjoys staying active through various sports. A volleyball player in middle school, Isabel Harris Eide continues to enjoy the sport on a casual basis.

Volunteering with New York’s City Harvest

Mobile Markets and Greenmarket Rescues are two initiatives of the organization in which volunteers can help get food to those in need. Mobile Markets volunteers meet from 8:45 a.m. to noon in one of five locations throughout New York City to hand out free produce in a farmers market setting. Volunteers with Greenmarket Rescues collect excess food donations from vendors at Greenmarket and load them into a City Harvest truck.

Repack assistants meet at the organization’s facility in Long Island and assist in repacking bulk produce donations into family-sized portions for distribution at soup kitchens and food pantries.

About the author

Isabel Harris Eide

Isabel Harris Eide, a student of psychology at University of Miami, has been an active volunteer for City Harvest. The New York City organization collects excess food from restaurants, grocers, and manufacturers, and delivers it to food programs throughout the city. As a volunteer, Isabel Harris Eide assisted in delivering food to those in need, but there are several other ways a person can volunteer with City Harvest as well.

Popular Attractions in Florence, Italy

Recognized as one of Italy’s centers for art and architecture, Florence is home to a wide range of tourist attractions. Some of the city’s most popular cultural sites include:

– Palazzo Pitti. The former residence of Florence’s rulers, Palazzo Pitti is a 15th-century palace that overlooks the city from the banks of the Arno River. It was given to the Italian state in 1919, at which time it was turning into a museum.

– Uffizi Gallery. The first modern museum in Europe, the Uffizi Gallery was created in the late 1700s by the Medici family. The gallery is housed in the former palace of the city magistrate offices and features art from such masters as Sandro Botticelli and Tiziano Vecellio (Titian).

– Boboli Gardens. Also created by the Medici family, the Boboli Gardens house numerous fountains and statues interspersed through an Italianesque garden. Over the years, the gardens have been expanded and restructured several times and are now a well-known outdoor museum of garden sculpture.

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Isabel Harris Eide

A psychology student at the University of Miami, Isabel Harris Eide has traveled extensively around the world. Isabel Harris Eide has visited such places as Vietnam, Thailand, and Italy, where she visited Florence and took cooking and art history classes.

Florence – An Early Epicenter of the Renaissance

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An independent city-state with a population of 60,000 in the early 15th century, Florence achieved its wealth through the manufacture and trade of wool and other cloth. Since the 14th century, the city state had been organized into a dozen artist guilds. These commercially focused trade organizations were underpinned by a robust banking system, with the gold florin accepted as standard coinage across the Continent.

The rise of Florentine culture came after the threat from the Duke of Milan was vanquished and the Medici family came into their own as benevolent rulers who supported the arts. Committed to a new form of humanism, leading thinkers and artists drew inspiration from the achievements of earlier Florentine notables, including Dante Alighieri and Giotto.

Over a period of a century, elaborate paintings and sculptures were commissioned for churches, commercial buildings, and private residences throughout the city. Key figures in this vibrant emergence of the arts included Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Botticelli.

 

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Isabel Harris Eide

A psychology student at the University of Miami, Isabel Harris Eide has had the opportunity to travel to diverse countries spanning the globe, from Southeast Asia to Italy. While in Florence, Isabel Harris Eide took Italian culinary classes and studied art history. Florence was at the epicenter of the Renaissance, which involved a rebirth of arts and learning throughout much of Europe.