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596 Acres
#2E
Brooklyn
NY

596 Acres champions resident stewardship of land to build more just and equitable cities.

http://596acres.org
(718) 316-6092
Paula Segal
Email, Telephone, Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc)
As of October 2016, 596 Acres had directly facilitated the creation of 36 new community spaces where there were once vacant lots, 30 of which have been made permanent through transfers to the Parks Department or leases with public authorities. This amounts to a total of over 7 acres of new green space.
6
$130,000
2011
Individuals, NY Community Trust, the Clif Bar Family Foundation, discretionary funds from City Council members
Community Advocacy, Garden Education, Urban Agriculture
596 Acres advocates for public access to public land in New York City by providing information and resources to New Yorkers so that they can create community spaces from unused lots. They do this by building organizing tools to help grassroots groups compete with private real estate developers when it comes to determining the future of publicly owned assets across the city. One of those tools is their interactive online map and database of all the public assets that provide some type of potential real estate development opportunity: Living Lots NYC.
596 Acres’ new map, NYCommons, shows public real estate assets that are potential opportunities for community-controlled development or might be at risk of disappearing to real estate speculation.
Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens
Education about vacant land ownership using various methods, at the core of which is Living Lots NYC, their interactive online map. They give New Yorkers educational resources to legally, easily and safely build up and maintain vacant lots. The program empowers residents by:
• Making municipal information available online and at the lots
• Providing education about city government and ways to participate in decisions that shape neighborhoods
• Assisting communities with legal support and campaign development on land use issues
• Maintaining networks that allow communities to share knowledge and relationships with decision makers
• Working with groups after they get access to land to build sustainable community governance
• Advocating for municipal agencies to increase participatory decision making surrounding public resources
• Educational workshops, “labeling walks,” and more.
Advocacy-Community, Community Gardens, Urban Agriculture
Nonprofit
Yes, we do have social media (twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc…)
#community, #communitygardens, #ourland, #communityfarm, #thislandisourland
#communityproperty, #vacants, #greenvalley, #landmark, #NYCommons
Abraham House
Bronx
NY

Today, Abraham House offers extensive services to hundreds of adults and children affected by incarceration or other social factors like poverty, violence, and truancy, that may cause a family to live from crisis to crisis. Yet the fundamentals remain the same. Abraham House is small in scale, modeling itself on a family rather than an institution.

http://www.abrahamhouse.org/home.aspx
(718) 292-9321
Althea Brooks
Abraham House serves the wider Mott Haven community by: Providing a food pantry: every Saturday morning bags of food and staples are available to anyone who comes to our door.
Email, Telephone
On Saturdays a communal hot meal prepared by program participants and volunteers is served, and residents, families, staff and friends sit down together to share as a community.
6
1993
The Council of the City of New York, The Walt Disney Company Foundation, The Giants Foundation, Catholic Charities, Sirus Foundation
Government, Alternative to Incarceration program
Abraham House officially opened its doors in 1993 in a brownstone on Willis Avenue. To address this cycle of repeat offenders, the group put fresh ideas into practice, and began working with inmates, ex-offenders, and their families to offer an innovative alternative to incarceration program for first-time offenders, especially those convicted of nonviolent crimes.
Bronx
Alternative to Incarceration Program; After School Program; Family and Pastoral Center (i.e. food pantry)
Anti-Hunger, Food Pantry, Alternative to Incarceration Program
Food pantry: Saturday mornings
Nonprofit
Yes, we do have social media (twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc…)
Acts Community Development Corp.
Brooklyn
NY

ACTS Community Development Corporation (ACTS) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the quality of life and provide for the needs for the homeless, poor, needy, and disenfranchised.

http://www.actsnyc.org/
(718) 415-1170
Vincent Fusco
Email, Telephone, Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc)
We distribute free grocery bags two days a week and serve hot meals to the public every Wednesday & Friday evenings.
4000
20
Rachel’s Joy Maternity Home, Kingsborough Community College, Bayview Beverage, NYC Coalition Against Hunger, City Harvest, Food Bank of New York City, TD Charitable Foundation
Food Bank, Food Pantry
The Coney Island Lighthouse Mission is dedicated to fighting hunger and poverty in our community through the many services we provide to those in need. For those families in need of food, we distribute free grocery bags two days a week and serve hot meals to the public every Wednesday & Friday evenings. We are currently serving over 4,000 people every month. Our after-school program began in 2007 and provides homework assistance and tutoring, hot snacks, games, art projects, and bible study for students aged 5-13 Monday-Friday. We are open five days a week to receive new clients, provide information, and make appointments for free benefits screening and submit food stamp applications with a social worker on-site. In addition, the Lighthouse Mission conducts special holiday outreach programs such as distributing hundreds of Thanksgiving turkeys in the community.
Veggie Educator Workshop
Brooklyn
Coney Island Community Kitchen, Food Pantry
Food Pantry, Healthy Food Access, Increase Food Access, Soup Kitchen
Nonprofit
Yes, we do have social media (twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc…)
Added Value Farms
Mailing to: P.O. Box 310028, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Brooklyn
NY
580 Columbia Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
10-46 Wolcott Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Added Value Farms is a youth-led urban farming and compost operation in Red Hook, Brooklyn. We create opportunities for teens to expand their knowledge base, develop their leadership skills, and positively engage with each other, their community, and the environment. Since our founding in 2001, we have mentored scores of youth, provided hundreds of elementary students with educational programs, and worked with thousands of volunteers to farm and compost in the city. Together we strive to transform vacant lands into vibrant urban farms, improve access to healthy, affordable produce, and nurture a new generation of green leaders.

http://www.added-value.org
(718) 288-6752
Saara Nafici
Email, Telephone, Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc)
3
2001
Baked, Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Fort Defiance, GreenThumb, High Mowing Organic Seeds, Joseph S. & Diane H. Steinberg 1992 Charitable Trust, Lucius & Eva Eastman Fund, Merck Family Fund, NYS Assemblymember Felix Ortiz, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, NYS Office of Children and Family Services, Renee’s Garden Seeds, Red Hook Coalition, The David Rockefeller Fund, The Pinkerton Foundation, The Scherman Foundation, The Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation, US Department of Agriculture
Garden Education, Nutrition Education, Urban Agriculture
Brooklyn
Farmers Markets/Local Foods, Healthy Food Access, Urban Agriculture
Non-Profit
Yes, we do have social media (twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc…)
Adopt-A-Farmbox
Brooklyn
NY

Our aim is to provide farmboxes, farming gardens and rooftop farms to under served communities where obesity, diabetes and hypertension are prevalent particularly among children.

http://farmboxes.org/
(718) 404-4627
Aki Hirata-Baker
Email
The Adopt-A-Farmbox initiative is a program that builds and donates farm boxes made from 100% recycled materials to local schools and community institutions for the purpose of growing fruits.
7
2010
Garden Education, Nutrition Education, Urban Agriculture
We build farms in New York City! Through our hard work and your generous support, Adopt-A-Farmbox donates farm boxes made from 100% recycled materials to local schools and community organizations that will spur urban farming projects across New York City. Along with our farm boxes, schools and organizations will have the essential resources needed to implement a hands-on educational program on food, nutrition, health, and the environment. We provide everything needed to create and sustain an Adopt-a-Farmbox project.
Practicing environmental stewardship
Brooklyn
Farmboxes, Aquaponics, Green Roofs, Rooftop Farms
Community Gardens, Healthy Food Access, Nutrition Education (Children/Youth)
Nonprofit
Yes, we do have social media (twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc…)
#compost, #urbanag
#gardeningwithkids, #urbanfarm
Ample Table for Everyone Inc. (ATE)
Suite 6C
New York
NY

We want to mitigate food insecurity in the five boroughs of New York City by addressing the key causes: lack of time, lack of money, inaccessibility to nutritious food, and unfamiliarity with a variety of healthy ingredients, cooking methods and recipes. ATE offers financial support to organizations, individuals, projects, programs and/or new models that afford New York City families access to more sustainable and consistent food consumption with an emphasis on healthy eating.

http://ampletableforeveryone.org/
Helaine Geismar Katz
Since 2013, ATE has read 165 applications and donated $127,500 to help nine organizations reach thousands of children, college students, single mothers and low-wage workers across the five boroughs with the tools, support and even the food they need to feed themselves and their families more thoughtfully, economically and sustainably.
8
2013
ATE funds food security initiatives/programs
Anti-Hunger Organization, Philanthropic
Ample Table for Everyone (ATE) is a 501(c)(3) working to fund solutions that feed a growing population of food insecure families in New York City. We seek innovative, replicable, scalable projects that address at least one of the major causes of food insecurity: lack of money, lack of time, limited access to nutritious food, and unfamiliarity with a variety of healthy ingredients, cooking methods and recipes. ATE offers financial support to organizations, individuals, programs and/or new models that afford New York City families access to more sustainable and consistent food consumption with an emphasis on healthy eating.
On going grant applications that address obstacles in food security in NYC.
Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens
ATE’s goal is to identify and fund projects that address at least one of the major causes of food insecurity: lack of time, lack of money, lack of access to nutritious food, and unfamiliarity with a variety of ingredients, cooking methods, and recipes.
Funding, Health Disparities (Racial, Economic, Socioeconomic)
Nonprofit
Yes, we do have social media (twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc…)
#foodsecurity
Asociacion de Mujeres Progresistas
New York
NY
703 West 180th Street Apt. 24
New York, NY 10033

To meet the needs of thousands of families, particularly, women who today more than ever are the heads of household, single working mothers in need of assistance and referrals in areas, such as, educational opportunities, English as a Second Language (ESL), domestic violence, housing, health, immigration, as well as legal issues.

(212) 795-0331
917-593-0042
Carmen Acosta
Every day
They publish a biannual magazine and provide 5,000 copies to the community via businesses, organization and various events. They are a member of CHALK’s Vive tu Vida/Live your Life Task Force.
1993
Grants from CHALK
Community Advocacy, Food Literacy, Nutrition Education
A volunteer, community organization that provides assistance and guidance to the communities of Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights and Inwood. They inform and guide community members to live a healthy lifestyle by providing nutritional education, cooking classes and community physical activity opportunities. They also assist community members with educational opportunities and other resources.
AMP Magazine
Bronx, Manhattan
Provide to members of the community assistance with referrals related to education, housing, domestic violence, immigration, and health issues.
AMP magazine (biannual): 5,000 copy circulation distributed to the community.
Annual Mid-Summer Health Fair: Collaboration with neighborhood doctors. Provide free health screening for blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, mammograms, hepatitis C, cholesterol, dental evaluation and hearing.
Health and Nutrition Conferences: Focus on healthy eating and cooking for parents and children.
Physical Activity: DanceXercise and PlayStreet are family programs that combine physical fitness with fun every Saturday in July and August. Funding for this program provided by CHALK (Choosing Healthy Active Lifestyle for Kids)grants.
English Classes: in collaboration with We are NY, provide 10-week conversational English classes that help adults learn English and how to navigate city agencies that provide services for residents.
Community Advocacy, Food Environment, Nutrition Education (Adult)
Nonprofit
Yes, we do have social media (twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc…)
#asociacióndemujeresprogresistas #ampdancexercise
#playstreet #danceXercise #AMPNY
Astor Child Guidance Center
Bronx
NY
6339 Mill St.
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
1419 Shakespeare Avenue
Bronx, NY 10452

Our mission is to provide behavioral and educational services in a caring environment where children and their families find strength, healing, hope and trust.

www.astorservices.org
(718) 231-3400
James McGuirk
Email, Telephone, Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc)
2-3x per week
We serve over 6,000 children and families annually.
500
1000
1953
Donations, Federal, State, and Local Funding, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York
Academic Organization, Food Pantry, Nutrition Education
Astor Services for Children & Families is a community based, non-profit organization that provides children’s mental health services, child welfare services, and early childhood development programs. Astor serves children and families in New York State’s Mid-Hudson Valley region and the Bronx. Through a wide variety of premier quality education and mental health services, Astor provides support for pre-schoolers, children with behavioral and emotional health problems, children at risk of placement in foster care, and families that need assistance in developing the skills necessary to raise their children in an environment filled with increasing challenges. Astor currently serves thousands of children each year through its prevention, early childhood, special education, community behavioral health and residential treatment programs.
2017 Stenburg Cup Golf & Tennis Tournament
Bronx, Manhattan
Early Childhood Development Programs, Community-Based Mental Health Programs, Residential Treatment Programs
Advocacy-Community, Food Pantry, Healthy Food Access, Increase Food Access, Nutrition Education (Children/Youth)
9AM – 5PM
Nonprofit
Yes, we do have social media (twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc…)
#catholiccharities #behavioralhealth
#astorservices #COFCCACares
Bay Ridge Center
Brooklyn
NY
6935 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11209

Our mission is to provide services and programs for older adults of southwest Brooklyn that promote their well being, support their independence and encourage their involvement in community life.

http://www.bayridgecenter.com/
(718) 748-0650
Donna McClellan
Email, Telephone, Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc)
We offer a variety of programs at the Center that anyone can attend and be a part of. Different classes are available five days a week, throughout the day.
300
30
$450,000
1976
City Meals-on-Wheels, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Andrews Society of the State of New York Barker, Northfield Bank Foundation, Ask the lawyer with Mike Conners, Cebu Bar and Bistro, Clavin Funeral Home, Connrs and Sullivan Attorneys-At-Law, PLLC, Dyker Car Service
Food Pantry, Nutrition Education
Bay Ridge Center’s mission is to provide services and programs for adults 60 years and older in southwest Brooklyn that promote their well-being, support their independence and encourage their involvement in community life. Since 1976 our staff has been aided by enthusiastic volunteers and works in cooperation with other community organizations, local businesses, schools and social service organizations to fulfill its mission.
Night at the Races Fundraiser
Brooklyn
Education and Recreation, Hand Crafts, Technology (Learning about computers), Health Management (Nutrition education/food pantry)
Community Advocacy, Food Pantry, Healthy Food Access, Increase Food
Access, Nutrition Education (Adult)
8:00AM – 4:00PM
Nonprofit
Yes, we do have social media (twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc…)
Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger
Brooklyn
NY
The Healing Garden at Far Rockaway
385 Beach 45th St, Far Rockaway, NY 11691

Our mission is to empower and educate our low-income neighbors to lead healthier lives by increasing their access to nutritious food and related resources and by attacking systemic or institutional barriers to good health. We uniquely combine emergency food distribution, social services assistance and supportive, educational, empowerment programs for a variety of ages with a robust urban farming operation.

www.bscahnyc.org
(718) 773-3551
Dr. Melony Saumuels, Founder and Executive Director
They can walk in, find us through word of mouth or by passing by but they can call us, email us or find us on Facebook or Instagram.
We serve 1.3 million meals per year and 25-30,000 per month. We produced 27,000 pounds of produce on our urban farms in 2016 and we raise chickens at two locations. Our farms and farm stands are youth-led and largely managed by our Green Teen Internship Program participants.
30,000-50,000
150 per week
$4,275,000
1998
Food Bank NYC
City Harvest
National Grid Foundation
HPNAP
WellCare
Merck Foundation
Levitt Family Foundation
Laurie Tisch Ilumination Fund
American Beverage Association
Emergency food distribution, wraparound social services, nutrition education provider, operates urban farms in Central Brooklyn and Far Rockaway.
Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger (BSCAH) is one of the largest direct providers of emergency food and related services currently working to break cycles of poverty in New York City. What sets us apart from similarly missioned organizations is that we focus on dignity and empowerment, and each year, Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger closes the hunger gap for thousands of families who are struggling. Whether it is through our benefits access programs, urban farming/farmers markets, internship programs for youth, or daily access to needed food, these connections are invaluable for families and entire communities at large. For individuals and families who have historically been unable to provide for themselves independently, a trip to BSCAH for emergency food has the possibility to turn into a major shift in empowerment. For this, we have earned longstanding trust among our most at-risk neighbors.
The Urban Fresh Connect On The Go vehicle is a custom-made refrigerated food delivery vehicle equipped with a mobile food distribution system, benefits access office, storage and cooking facilities. Urban Fresh Connection on the Go will make it possible for the neediest New Yorkers to learn about and take home locally-grown, vitamin-dense fresh produce and nutritious cooking techniques, and be able to enjoy healthy, hot and cold meals. Most importantly, they will have the opportunity to learn about the role such food can play in shaping their lives and keeping chronic, food-related illnesses at bay.
Brooklyn
Farms – Urban Agro-Educational Centers: The Healing Garden at Far Rockaway and The Saratoga Farm
Food pantries – Superchoice Food Pantry, Mobile Food Pantry
Benefits counseling and support – Direct Service Office and Mobile RV Service
Nutrition Empowerment programs – Health 360 and Healthy Bloomers
Our major issues are eliminating the hunger gap, attacking the barriers to healthy eating and good nutrition and empowerment of our low-income neighbors to foster healthy eating. We provide 30,000 meals per month through our Superchoice and Mobile Food Pantry. We operate a Direct Service Center and a Mobile Service RV. BSCAH operates two Urban Agro Educational Centers that serve as outdoor classrooms and produce close to 30,000 pounds of food per year for the community. These urban farms are youth-led and largely run by our Teens and Young Adults as part of our Green Teens Internship program. Green Teens is a paid apprenticeship for ages 15-22 focused on leadership development, agriculture, small business and nutrition. Our Health 360 program is a cooking and gardening program for senior citizens. We have a free summer camp and after-school program, called Healthy Bloomers, for those ages 4-11. Our Weekend Healthy Snack Service provides free, healthy snacks for youth. Also, our Health Communities Healthy Families program is an intergenerational cooking and nutrition evening dinner event.
Varies based on program but generally, M-Sat: 9-6
Non-Profit
Yes, we do have social media (twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc…)
#bscah, #Feednycforward, #health360, #bscahchip
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