Owner of BLACKBARN Serves Nutritious Meals to American Families in Need


| New York, NY - October 1, 2019 | Owner/Chef of BLACKBARN restaurant, John Doherty, has channeled his lifetime of cooking experience into the creation of delicious, shelf stable meals for his Heavenly Harvest Foundation, which has officially began distribution in partnership with Feed the Children. A total of 50,000 meals, beginning with a carefully designed Red Beans & Rice and Three Bean Chili recipe, have been now been passed out to families in New York City, Boston, and Chicago.

Years of research led Chef Doherty to develop high quality dishes that can be safely stored at room temperature for up to 18 months without the use of artificial ingredients and that exceed USDA nutritional recommendations. Utilizing the latest food technology that applies heat rather than preservatives in order to keep meals fresh, the packages contain at least 20 grams of protein each, in addition to high levels of iron, calcium, and vital nutrients such as Vitamins A and C. At a production cost of $1.40 per meal, Chef Doherty specially crafted recipes to include wholesome ingredients while remaining flavorful and nutritious.

“I am passionate about feeding those in need. After nearly 30 years of cooking for over a million people a year in the Waldorf Astoria kitchen and at BLACKBARN over the past four years, I have learned what people like to eat,” says Founder of Heavenly Harvest Foundation and esteemed Chef, John Doherty. “This experience made it easy for me to develop meals that families will feel proud to put on their table.”

Through its partnership with Feed the Children, Heavenly Harvest began trial distribution in Boston and Chicago in Summer 2019. Mr. Sid, the company that received the Heavenly Harvest Community Service Award, donated 5,000 meals through the YMCA. Heavenly Harvest has also supplied meals at Chef Doherty’s own neighborhood in Chelsea manhattan in addition to Project Hope in Jamaica, Queens. Additional meals are planned for distribution in New York City during the fourth quarter.

“We want to take action and raise awareness on the hunger crisis in America during this crucial time,” adds Joe Allegro of Feed the Children. “A staggering 1 in 6 Americans face hunger each day. Food insecurity exists in every single county in America, and over 50 million Americans struggle to put food on the table every single day. Through Feed the Children, Heavenly Harvest’s delicious and nutritious meals can aid those in need at no cost to them.”

In honor of Hunger Action month in September, each person who dines at the BLACKBARN Chef's Table on Saturday nights between September 29 and November 24 (Thanksgiving weekend), will feed a child for a week.


Heavenly Harvest, a non-profit organization founded by celebrity Chef John Doherty of BLACKBARN Restaurant, makes delicious and nutritious foods that are distributed through Feed the Children to those in need. These shelf stable meals are able to be kept in home kitchens and eaten for up to 18 months, made with high quality and locally sourced ingredients such as meat, vegetables, pasta or rice, herbs and spices without any preservatives or artificial ingredients. Exceeding the USDA recommendations for an adult’s nutritional requirement for one meal, the packages of food are fully cooked and only require a microwave oven or skillet to re-heat.


Feed the Children envisions a world where no child goes to bed hungry. In the U.S. and internationally, they are dedicated to helping families and communities achieve stable lives and to reducing the need for help tomorrow, while providing food and resources to help them today. They distribute product donations from corporate donors to local community partners, and provide support for teachers and students through mobilizing resources quickly to aid recovery efforts when natural disasters strike. Internationally, Feed the Children manages child-focused community development programs in 10 countries. Their work is possible through collaborative relationships with organizations such as Heavenly Harvest Foundation.