BLK Projek: NYC Food Based Community Organization Spotlight

by Cameron St. Germain

What they do: The BLK Projek harnesses the power of the local, good food movement to create economic development opportunities for marginalized women and youth, empowering them to combat food justice while creating viable pathways out of poverty.

How they do it: The BLK Projek creates opportunities for underserved women by creating business opportunities facilitated by small food business creation, urban agriculture, health programming and more.

Mission: The BLK Projek seeks to create economic development opportunities that address food justice, environmental justice and public and mental health. These opportunities empower underserved women of color by creating businesses that are facilitated by small food business creation, urban agriculture, political education, beautification of community spaces and holistic health programming. By creating wealth and equal access to these enriching experiences for under-served women of color, we strengthen and empower our entire society.

Latest project/campaign: Launching in mid-June 2013 The South Bronx Mobile Market – a former school bus running on used veggie oil, will provide local, mostly organic produce to South Bronx Communities. This project will also be used as a springboard for workforce development, job creation and to support local urban and rural growers. The BLK ProjeK is forging relationships with Sustainable South Bronx, Corbin Hill Farm and Wholeshare to gauge and encourage partnerships that will make The South Bronx Mobile Market a grassroots, inclusive endeavor. The communities the mobile market will concentrate on initially will be Mott Haven, Hunts Point/Longwood and Grand Concourse/Highbridge.

Major Funding: N/A

Profit/nonprofit: Nonprofit

Annual budget: N/A

Interesting fact about how they are working to positively affect the food system: We conducted our first pilot project December 2013 – March 2014 and served over 200 community members, conducted 10 cooking demos and facilitated several environmental and food justice workshops in collaboration with community organizations such as The Point CDC, Sustainable South Bronx and Laundromat Project.

FACT SHEET

Location:

  • 928 Intervale Ave
  • Bronx, NY, 10459

Core Programs:

Mobile food truck, Garden education, Nutrition education

Number of staff: Three

Number of volunteers: 0

Areas served: Bronx

Date started: 2009

Director: Tanya Fields

Contact information:

(718) 635-0951

[email protected]

Photo Credit: BLK Projek

 

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