Jilly Stephens has lead City Harvest’s efforts to feed hungry New Yorkers since 2006. She oversees the organization’s work to deliver rescued food to 500 soup kitchens, food pantries and other community food programs in New York City—free of charge and focused on ensuring that high-need communities receive more fresh produce. Under her leadership, City Harvest has put in place strategic programs that address the links between poverty, hunger, and diet-related diseases within geographically defined neighborhoods of New York City while meeting the immediate need for food throughout the five boroughs.
Jilly was instrumental in the creation and expansion of Healthy Neighborhoods, an extension of City Harvest’s anti-hunger work designed to respond to the need for emergency food, improve access to fruits and vegetables for residents in low-income communities and provide nutrition education to inspire affordable, healthy meal choices. In addition, she oversaw the planning and opening of City Harvest’s Food Rescue Facility warehouse and distribution center in Long Island City, NY which has allowed annual food deliveries to increase from nearly 20 million pounds in FY06 to 55 million pounds in FY16. From FY11 to FY16, City Harvest doubled its total revenue from approximately $61.1 million to $124.7 million.
Jilly joined City Harvest as Senior Director of Program Development in 2004, where she was key to the growth of City Harvest’s nutrition education programs and launch of “Fruit Bowl”, which provides healthy snacks to children on an ongoing basis.
Prior to joining City Harvest, Jilly served as the Vice President of Program Operations at ORBIS International, an $80+ million nonprofit organization dedicated to the elimination of avoidable blindness through hands-on surgical training and education.
A native of Great Britain, Jilly and her three children make their home in Brooklyn, NY.