CAMBA Works to Enhance Quality of Life via Nutrition

by Cameron St. Germain

Part of the Food Policy Community Spotlight Series

What they do: ​CAMBA’s nutritional services provide food and supportive services to Brooklyn residents who struggle to maintain a healthy diet due to financial restrictions.

How they do it: Through their food pantry, CAMBA distributes food, including fresh produce, to more than 4,000 low-income individuals and families each month and helps register eligible recipients for SNAP benefits. CAMBA also provides congregate meals, food vouchers and nutritional education to nearly 200 HIV-positive individuals and their families living in our emergency and transitional housing facilities.​​

Mission: “CAMBA is a non-profit agency that provides services that connect people with opportunities to enhance their quality of life.​”

Latest project/campaign: Cooking with Chef Henry Dudley

Major Funding: A. Layover Consulting, LLC., Admiral Air Conditioning, Admiral Insurance Brokerage Corporation, All New York Title Company, All Renovation Construction, LLC., Amazon Services, LLC., and Ameriprise Financial Bank. A comprehensive list can be found here.

Profit/nonprofit: Nonprofit

Annual Budget: $90,000,000

Interesting fact about how they are working to positively affect the food system: CAMBA serves over 45,000 clients. Over the past 35 years, they have grown from providing one service to over 100 programs within six program areas.



1720 Church Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11226

Core Programs: Beyond Hunger Emergency Food Pantry, Food and Nutrition Services for PLWHA, Nutrition Outreach Education Program

Number of staff: 1,300

Number of volunteers: N/A

Area served:

  • Brooklyn

Year Started: 1977

President and CEO: Joanne M. Oplustil

Contact Information:

(718) 287-2600

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