No Child Goes, Hungry, Inc. (NCGH) is pleased to support Happy Cups by donating 200 eight-ounce bottles to be used in its fresh-pressed juiced donation program. A newly established program in New York City founded by long-time restauranteur Suzanne Levinson, Happy Cups provides 100 percent freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices to community fridges, pantries, and soup kitchens to support those who are food insecure.
“I am grateful to Kären and No Child Goes Hungry for seeing the potential of my vision,” said Levinson. “I’ve had this great dream and determination to serve the healthiest fresh-pressed juice to my community for some time, and it’s finally coming to fruition.”
Levinson was inspired to scale her charitable operations after successfully donating fresh-pressed juice to her nearby Trinity Church.
“The patrons were delighted to receive the freshly juiced juices,” said Levinson. “I have approached several local community refrigerator organizations to ask if they would like to include my juices in their pantries. They have all excitedly said ‘yes.’ I am pleased there is excitement in partnering together so that we can offer fresh juices to those who might not otherwise have access to them.”
Since NCGH’s donation, Levinson has handed out over 600 bottles of juice from her kitchen to the New York City community, 200 of which were donated by No Child Goes Hungry.
“I pounded the pavement with the cold bottled juices, and thanks to No Child Goes Hungry, we made 200 underserved people very happy—kids included,” said Levinson.
NCGH Founder and Director Kären Rasmussen says that Levinson’s efforts are an inspiration.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of running No Child Goes Hungry is learning about the innovative approaches people take to address their communities’ hunger insecurity. I love what Suzanne is doing in New York. She’s turning her passion and talent into a sustainable, scalable charity that will benefit those in need. We all know that fruits and vegetables are filled with nutrients, but they can be expensive. Most pantries rely on shelf-stable canned and pre-packaged foods. For a family in need to provide their child with free, local fresh-pressed juice is a blessing.”
Let’s feed some kids!