Marc contributes his passion and expertise to a number of incredible nonprofits which fight hunger, support affordable access to nutritious food,
elevate culinary engagement in U.S. diplomatic efforts and provide culinary and food finance education to a diverse community,
among other worthy endeavors.
Share Our Strength is a national organization that works hard to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry. They weave together a net of community groups, activists and food programs to catch children facing hunger and surround them with nutritious food where they live, learn and play.
Marc is a member of the Leadership Council for Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign as well has been the national spokesperson for their Dine Out For No Kid Hungry campaign. In June 2013, he received the Humanitarian of the Year award for his outstanding efforts. The Marc Murphy Feed Our Future Fund was created in his honor.
Now serving New York City for over 35 years, City Harvest is the world’s first food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding the city’s hungry men, women and children.
Marc became involved in 2004, when he signed on as a co-chair of their annual tasting event Bid Against Hunger. Soon after, he became a founding member of the City Harvest Food Council. He was appointed to City Harvest’s Board of Directors in 2010 and in April 2013, he received the organization’s Star of the City Award for his dedicated service and support. He still continues this day to support the organization through their public events and fundrasiers.
The Food and Finance High School is an incredible New York City public school which offers an academically rigorous technical education in the culinary arts. The school trains a diverse population – nearly 80% of students come from economically disadvantaged homes – to meet the highest academic and industry standards, with an emphasis not only on cooking and baking skills, but also nutrition, sustainability, urban food and entrepreneurship.
Marc and his wife Pamela created the first-ever Industry Advisory Board in 2012 to help raise awareness and increase local chef involvement. They now have 25 chefs on board. Marc also accepts FFHS students as interns at all of his restaurants. You can help the school to provide more internships and extra-curricular activities by donating now.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton created the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership to elevate the role of cuisine in U.S. public diplomacy efforts. The initiatvies’ American Chef Corps, a network of chefs from across the country, served the State Department by preparing meals for foreign leaders and participating in diplomacy programs at home and abroad. As a member, Marc participated in projects like cooking a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the U.S. Embassy in Rome with Gambero Rosso and traveling to China and Turkey working with local chefs to promote awareness and cross cultural learning through food.
Since 2019, Marc has continued his diplomatic work through The Culinary Diplomacy Project, a chef-driven organization that sends prominent chefs to destinations around the world as representatives of American culture and cuisine. They use food, the great common denominator, to connect and learn about the people they are visiting, while also sharing their own culture. Following each international trip, the chefs engage with American audiences by participating in events around the country designed to share their experiences. Learn more about his incredible inaugural trip to Jordan here.