Access to affordable and nutritious food is one of the cornerstones of good health. Without this, individuals—and communities—are at a higher risk of food insecurity and serious chronic diseases, including obesity, diabetes and heart disease. To improve the health of New Yorkers, we must recognize that each neighborhood has a distinct food environment.
These Foodscape reports provide a community-level snapshot of a community’s food environment, including data on healthy and unhealthy food consumption, food access, and diet-related diseases. Additionally, the reports detail a comprehensive guide of the many food-related resources available to residents within their neighborhoods to support them in eating healthier. The Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center has compiled this information from various sources, presenting it in a user-friendly format to help NYC residents and communities better understand their local foodscapes.
Includes: Broadway Junction, Brownsville and Ocean Hill (Zip Codes: 11212, 11233)
Total Population: 84,525 (0.99% of NYC population) (1)
Population by Race and Ethnicity of Brownsville (2) and New York City (1)
Brownsville Population by Age: (1)
Born Outside the US:
NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:
HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:
ECONOMIC AND LIVING-CONDITION STRESS, CONTRIBUTORS TO FOOD INSECURITY:
EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN:
MAIN STATISTICAL DATA SOURCES:
BROWNSVILLE SUMMER MEALS:
For summer 2019, there were 17 free summer meal sites in Brownsville.
The New York City Department of Education offers free breakfast and lunch to children ages 18 and under at more than 1,100 sites across the city throughout the summer. Food served at summer meal sites meets federal nutrition requirements and the program is fully funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Find the most up-to-date list of summer meal sites at schoolfoodnyc.org or download the free smartphone app SchoolFood: Feed Your Mind.
BROWNSVILLE COMMUNITY GARDENS: (5)
BROWNSVILLE GREENTHUMB GARDENS:
There are over 600 GreenThumb community gardens across the city, and any resident can join a garden. In Brownsville, there are 21 GreenThumb gardens (zip codes 11212 and 11233.) Find the most up-to-date list of gardens using GreenThumb’s searchable Garden Map. (6)
BROWNSVILLE SCHOOL GARDENS:
BROWNSVILLE FARMERS’ MARKETS:
Includes all farmers’ markets within the zipcodes 11212 and 11233.
For an updated list of farmers’ markets near you (including days/hours of operation) visit nyc.gov/health and search “farmers markets” or text “SoGood” to 877-877. Farmers markets may be seasonal around summer months.
BROWNSVILLE SNAP ENROLLMENT SITES:
There are no SNAP enrollment sites in the Brownsville neighborhood. For the closest SNAP enrollment sites in Brooklyn, look here.*It is possible to apply for SNAP benefits online at https://www.ny.gov/services/apply-snap
BROWNSVILLE WIC SITES:
BROWNSVILLE PANTRIES AND SOUP KITCHENS: (7,8)
*Food pantry and soup kitchen hours subject to change, and requirements may be needed to register for food pantries. Call a specific location for more information before going for the first time.
BROWNSVILLE RETAIL FOOD STORES:
*This list includes retail food stores with the zip code(s) 11212 and 11233 from data.ny.gov (9) that have searchable store names, addresses, and phone numbers via a comprehensive search of government resources and search engines, as of 2/4/2020.
11233 RETAIL FOOD STORES
11212 RETAIL FOOD STORES
PARKS AND RECREATION IN BROWNSVILLE: (10)
Includes parks and playgrounds that have basketball courts, baseball fields, football fields, handball courts, fitness equipment, and/or recreation centers.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN BROWNSVILLE: (11)
FOOD POLICY ORGANIZATIONS IN BROWNSVILLE:
“New York City (NYC) Neighborhood Maps – By Borough – Brooklyn (Kings).” NYCdata, Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/nycdata/population-geography/maps-boroughs.htm.