Part of the Food Policy Community Spotlight Series
Name: Neighbors Together
What they do: Since 1982 Neighbors Together has been fighting hunger and poverty in the neighborhoods of Ocean Hill, Brownsville, and Bedford-Stuyvesant with three integrated programs: the Community Café, the Empowerment Program, and the Community Action Program. Their three programs are designed to meet immediate and basic needs while also creating pathways to actively challenge the underlying conditions that perpetuate poverty. All of their activities are grounded in the needs and hopes of their neighbors, honoring the dignity of each individual and striving for the overall empowerment of the community.
How they do it: 10,000 low-income men, women and children come to Neighbors Together for support each year. Neighbors Together’s three main programs serve their members in the following ways.
Mission: “Neighbors Together is committed to ending hunger and poverty in Ocean Hill, Brownsville, and Bedford-Stuyvesant, three of the lowest-income areas in New York City.”
Latest project/campaign: On May 17th, 2018, more than 30 restaurants, drink providers, and vendors came together for the 5th Annual Plates for Change Chef Showcase to raise money for the fight against hunger and poverty in Brooklyn.
Major Funding: Robin Hood Foundation, Barker Welfare Foundation, Frank Cross Foundation, Howard E. Stark Charitable Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation, Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, Inc., Metzger-Price Fund, North Star Fund, Sandra Atlas Bass and Edythe & Sol G. Atlas Fund, Inc., Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP),. Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP), Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP), Capuchin Food Pantries Fund, City Harvest Food Bank for New York City, Fr. Anthony Vivona Bequest, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, Mid Bedford Heights Lions Club, St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters, WHY Hunger, American Express, Amazon Smile, The Atlantic Philanthropies, Credit Suisse, HSBC Philanthropic, Goldman Sachs Employee Matching Program
Annual Budget: N/A
Interesting fact about how they are working to positively affect the food system: They provide food and social services five days a week, serving more than 10,000 New Yorkers annually.
2094 Fulton St.
Brooklyn, NY 11233
Core Programs: Community Café, Empowerment Program, Community Action Program
Number of staff: 50
Number of volunteers: N/A
Areas served: Brooklyn
Year Started: 1982
Director: Denny Marsh