Polo star teams with City Harvest to bring food to the needy

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Michelle Charlesworth with a star volunteer for City Harvest (WABC)

This Saturday the New York area welcomes polo, champagne, and good deeds, which involve feeding hungry New Yorkers: 1.7 million of them.

A world famous polo player joined City Harvest Tuesday to deliver food to a soup kitchen.

Around the world, if you're talking polo, you're talking Nacho. Nacho Figueras is also a Ralph Lauren model, husband and father of four. But on this day, he was a delivery man for City Harvest.

"It's such a worthy cause and it is always great to get involved and see where it goes, who is getting food from this program," said Figueras.

City Harvest is this year's beneficiary of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. Food stamp cuts and the recession has made their mission even more difficult, and vital.

Throughout the five boroughs, these are the working poor. So many of those we help are people with two and three jobs," said City Harvest director Jilly Stephens.

One place the food goes is the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, the biggest in the city. Located at 9th Ave. and 28th Street, they feed 1,000 people a day.

"It is surprising, you think of New York City and that this is where there is all the money in the world. But there are so many having a tough time just getting food to their table," said Nacho.

As for the classic, free tickets are available through a sweepstakes on Veuve Clicquot's Facebook page:


And as for Nacho, how does he keep up with his own life?

"When you do something with passion and heart, you can go anywhere you want," he said.

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