Mangi Mangi! It's For A Good Cause

LINDENHURST, NY- September 21, 2006 – Millions of pounds of good, edible food are thrown away each year by New York City food businesses. At the same time, more than one million people are hungry, including nearly 350,000 children and more than 140,000 senior citizens. City Harvest is the link between those who have so much and those who have too little.

This October 27th and 28th, the Metropolitan Pavilion will turn into an Italian “piazza” for Festa Italiana. This high-end consumer show will have it all; entertainment, music, wine, shopping and plenty of food. Thousands will gather to spoil themselves with fine Italian products and the best part is, they’ll be doing it for a good cause. Festa Italiana will be donating portions of the events proceeds to raise money for the City Harvest program.

This year, City Harvest hopes to rescue 21 million pounds of excess food from all segments of the food industry - including restaurants, manufacturers, wholesalers, greenmarkets, hotels, corporate cafeterias, grocery stores and farms - and deliver it to more than 600 community food programs throughout the five boroughs. Each week, City Harvest helps over 260,000 hungry New Yorkers find their next meal.

Festa Italiana will take place October 27-28, 2006 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. Friday, October 27 the event will start at noon and end at 8pm. Saturday, October 28 the event will start at 11am and end at 8pm. Tickets are $10 online and $15 at the door. For more information on Festa Italiana and how you can help City Harvest, visit www.festaitaliananyc.com.

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