Ample Table for Everyone: NYC Food Based Community Organization Spotlight

by Alexina Cather, MPH

What they do: 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.

How they do it: We invite organizations to apply for a grant, which we award annually. The first step is a preliminary application which is a one-page survey outlining the mission of the organization, operating budget, program objectives, areas served and the amount requested to fund the initiative. Those that qualify are invited to submit a full application which is then reviewed by the board of directors. Grants of up to $25,000 are issued in the spring.

Mission: 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.

Latest project/campaign: At present, there are few if any New York City programs addressing food insecurity among pregnant women and into the first two years of their child’s life. ATE’s goal for the next few years is to identify and fund projects that address this community.  

Major Funding: Individuals and family foundations

Profit/nonprofit: Nonprofit

Annual budget: 100 percent of donations go to funding of projects.

Interesting fact about how they are working to positively affect the food system: 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.

FACT SHEET

Location:

  •       174 East 74th Street
  •     Suite 6B
  •       New York, NY 10021

Core Programs: 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.

Number of staff: 0

Number of volunteers: 8

Areas served:

  •       Bronx
  •       Brooklyn
  •       Manhattan
  •       Staten Island
  •       Queens

Date started: 2013

Director: Helaine Geismar Katz

Contact information[email protected]

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