23 September 2015
FareShare is excited to be hosting a visit by Matthew Reich who, until very recently, was VP Food Sourcing and Information Technology at City Harvest in New York City from 2011-15.
City Harvest pioneered food rescue more than 30 years ago and today provides more than 23, 000 tonnes of nutritious food to emergency food providers across NYC each year. Matthew is giving us some valuable observations on our logistical and IT systems now – we currently collect 7,493 tonnes of food – and provide advice on how we can more easily reach our goal of collecting 100,000 tonnes of good surplus food by 2020.
Matthew joined City Harvest after 15 years in leadership roles – including Pesident in 2008 – at Tom Cat Bakery, the largest artisan bakery in New York. He was previously with Hearst Magazines and Citibank, and was also President of New Amsterdam Brewery, the first microbrewery in NYC.
“I retired from Tom Cat but then realised I wasn’t ready for it. City Harvest was looking for people with supply chain management experience, and as Tom Cat had been donating bread to City Harvest, it seemed like a good fit.
“It was a big period of growth for City Harvest so they needed to add a lot of new staff. I was able to hire people I’d known in the food industry, and built the teams looking after food sourcing, IT, logistics and transportation. Partly as a result of all this great expertise, over the last four years City Harvest has doubled the volume of food it receives.
“When Lindsay Boswell, FareShare’s CEO, visited in April, I think it was clear to us both that what City Harvest was doing also lay in FareShare’s future. I mentioned I was retiring (for sure this time) in the summer and travelling to the UK, so Lindsay invited me to come and observe FareShare’s operations and make recommendations for improvement.
“This is a great opportunity for me to provide some free consulting services to a hugely valuable third sector organisation. I am totally impressed with the skill, passion and commitment of the volunteers to FareShare’s mission, and my hope is that I can bring some value from my experience to help FareShare reach its goals.”
Matthew gets to relax next week with visits to Oxford, Stonehenge and Abergavenny, before heading home to NYC in October, and then possibly enjoying more of his favourite activities, including rock and ice climbing all over the world.