Foodscape: Fordham/University Heights

by NYC Food Policy Editor

Fordham/University Heights Foodscape

About Foodscapes

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.

Purpose

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.

*All data from DATA2GO includes Morris Heights, South Fordham, & Mount Hope

Zip codes include: 10457, 10458, 10453, 10468

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 136,151 (1.59% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of Fordham/University Heights and New York City (1)
    • Fordham/University Heights: 69.1% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • Fordham/University Heights: 26.7% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • Fordham/University Heights: 1.5% White | NYC: 32% White
    • Fordham/University Heights: 1.5% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • Fordham/University Heights: 1.2% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • Fordham/University Heights Population by Age: (1)
    • 0-17 years: 28%
    • 18-24 years: 12%
    • 25-44 years: 29%
    • 45-64 years: 23%
    • 65+ years: 8%
  • Life Expectancy
    • Fordham/University Heights: 79.9 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • Fordham/University Heights: 42% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in Fordham/University Heights to 20 bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 3,808,397 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • Fordham/University Heights: 21.6% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • Fordham/University Heights: 1.5% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • Fordham/University Heights: 41.8% of households (2)| NYC: 22.4% of households (2)
  • Walking Distance to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: (4)
    • Includes data from South Bronx and Fordham/Bronx Park
      • 5 minutes or less: 47% (Compared to 49% New York City-wide)
      • 5-10 minutes: 17.5% (Compared to 18% New York City-wide)
      • 10 minutes or more: 32.5% (Compared to 32% New York City-wide)

FOOD CONSUMPTION:

  • At Least One Serving of Fruits or Vegetables Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Fordham/University Heights: 78% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • Fordham/University Heights: 22% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Fordham/University Heights: 33% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • Fordham/University Heights: 67% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • Fordham/University Heights: 34% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • Fordham/University Heights: 24% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • Fordham/University Heights: 16% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • Fordham/University Heights: 37% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

ECONOMIC AND LIVING-CONDITION STRESS, CONTRIBUTORS TO FOOD INSECURITY:

  • Median Household Income
    • Fordham/University Heights: $30,694 (2) | NYC: $35,535 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • Fordham/University Heights: 431.1% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • Fordham/University Heights: 7.3% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • Fordham/University Heights: 37.1% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • Fordham/University Heights: 8.3 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • Fordham/University Heights: 13% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • Fordham/University Heights: 28 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • Fordham/University Heights: 67% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

FORDHAM/UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS SUMMER MEALS: 

To ensure everyone has access to nutritious meals, the Department of Education’s Meal Hubs were created in response to COVID-19 and have expanded service to all children and adults across the five boroughs. Sites serve grab-and-go meal service for adults and children and no one is turned away. No registration or identification is required.

Please check the DOE website for updates and search for Free Meals at the select public school buildings here or text “NYCFOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877.

FORDHAM/UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS COMMUNITY GARDENS: 

FORDHAM/UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS GREENTHUMB GARDENS:

There are over 600 GreenThumb community gardens across the city, and any resident can join a garden. Find the most up-to-date list of gardens using GreenThumb’s searchable Garden Map. (5)  

  • Green Patch on Walton: 110 E 176th St
  • Eternal Life Community Garden: 1810 University Ave
  • Townsend Garden: 1735 Walton Ave
  • Leave It Better Kids Garden: 1974 Grand Ave
  • Anthony Avenue Garden: 2078 Anthony Ave
  • Creston Jungle Playground: 2242 Creston Ave

FORDHAM/UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • The Urban Assembly Academy for History and Citizenship for Young Men: 240 E 172nd St
  • PS 42 Claremont: 1537 Washington Ave
  • PS 396 : 1930 Andrews Ave
  • PS 4 Crotona Park West: 1701 Fulton Ave
  • MS 331 The Bronx School of Young Leaders: 40 W Tremont Ave
  • PS 306 : 40 W Tremont Ave
  • HS 525 Bronx Leadership Academy High School: 1710 Webster Ave
  • PS 9 Ryer Avenue Elementary School: 230 E 183rd St
  • PS 46 Edgar Allan Poe: 279 E 196th St
  • HS 565 High School for Energy and Technology: 2474 Crotona Ave
  • PS 595 : 700 E 179th St

  • PS 363 ACADEMY FOR PERSONAL LEADERSHIP AND EXCELLENCE: 120 E 184th St
  • HS 412 Bronx High School of Business: 240 E 172nd St
  • PS 23 The New Children's School: 2151 Washington Ave
  • PS 386 School for Environmental Citizenship: 125 E 181st St
  • CS 211 : 1919 Prospect Ave
  • PS 226 : 1950 Sedgwick Ave
  • PS 32 Belmont School: 690 E 183rd St
  • PS 86 Kingsbridge Heights: 2756 Reservoir Avenue: 2756 Reservoir Ave
  • PS 109 Sedgwick: 1771 Popham Ave
  • PS 163 Arthur A. Schomburg: 2075 Webster Ave
  • HS 413 Bronx High School for Medical Science: 240 E 172nd St
  • PS 57 Crescent: 2111 Crotona Ave
  • HS 227 Bronx Collegiate Academy: 240 E 172nd St
  • HS 351 Bronx Collaborative High School: 100 W Mosholu Pkwy S
  • HS 329 DreamYard Preparatory School: 240 E 172nd St
  • Theatre Arts Production Company School (TAPCo): 2225 Webster Ave
  • Bronx Preparatory Charter School: 3872 3rd Ave
  • HS 445 Bronx High School of Science: 75 W 205th St
  • St. Rose’s Garden at Fordham University:
  • MS 459 East Fordham Academy for the Arts: 120 E 184th St
  • HS 365 Academy for Language and Technology: 1700 Macombs Rd
  • IS 229 Roland Patterson: 275 Harlem River Park Bridge
  • PS/IS 54 : 2703 Webster Ave
  • MS 273 Frederick Douglass Academy V. Middle School: 2111 Crotona Ave
  • PS 469 School of Continuous Learners @ 339X: 1600 Webster Ave
  • HS 440 DeWitt Clinton High School: 100 W Mosholu Pkwy S
  • HS 414 Jonathan Levin High School for Media and Communications: 240 E 172nd St

FORDHAM/UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS FARMERS’ MARKETS: 

To ensure the below farmers’ markets are open, please call or check the listed websites for the most up-to-date information.

Many farmers’ markets accept cash, SNAP/EBT, debit/credit, WIC and Senior FMNP coupons. They may also offer Health Bucks for EBT users — for every $5 spent in EBT, customers receive a $2 Health Buck coupon to purchase additional fruits and vegetables. 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.

FORDHAM/UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS OFFICIAL SNAP ENROLLMENT SITES IN NYC – HUMAN RESOURCES ASSOCIATION (HRA):

Data is updated on a continuous basis in collaboration with the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center’s Neighborhood Food Resource Guides.

*It is possible to apply for SNAP benefits online at https://www.ny.gov/services/apply-snap

FORDHAM/UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS PANTRIES AND SOUP KITCHENS:

Data is updated on a continuous basis in collaboration with the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center’s Neighborhood Food Resource Guides.

*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. 

FORDHAM/UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS RETAIL FOOD STORES:

*This list below includes all retail food stores from a Google Maps Places API search with keyword search terms “bakery, cafe, convenience store, deli, food, grocery, supermarket.” 

Data is updated on a continuous basis in collaboration with the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center’s Neighborhood Food Resource Guides.

PARKS IN FORDHAM/UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS:

To ensure the below businesses and organizations are open, please call or check the listed websites for the most up-to-date information.

FOOD POLICY ORGANIZATIONS IN FORDHAM/UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS:

To ensure the below organizations are and services are being offered, please call or check the listed websites for the most up-to-date information.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Last updated: 6/30/21

REFERENCES:

  1. Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Bronx Community District 5: Fordham and University Heights.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Bronx Community District 5: Fordham and University Heights, 2018, pp. 1–20.
  2. “Data2Go: Morris Heights, Fordham South & Mount Hope.” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://data2go.nyc/cd/?id=205*36047015900*food_insecure_puma!undefined!ns*!buttonHolder~other_pop_cd_506~ahdi_puma_1~sch_enrol_cd_112~age_pyramid_male_85_plus_cd_20~median_household_income_puma_397~median_personal_earnings_puma_400~dis_y_perc_puma_102~poverty_ceo_cd_417~unemployment_cd_408~pre_k_cd_107!*air_qual_cd~ahdi_puma*family_homeless_cd_245#10/40.8276/-73.9794.
  3. “Annual Vital Statistics Data Show Fewer Premature Deaths and Fewer Births in New York City in 2017.” NYC Health, The City of New York.
  4. “NYC Foodscapes by Neighborhood.” New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, Mar. 2017, https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/nyc-foodscapes-community/.
  5. “Green Thumb Garden Map.” NYC Parks, https://greenthumb.nycgovparks.org/gardensearch.php.

Article Image: “New York City (NYC) Neighborhood Maps – By Borough – Bronx.” NYCdata, Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/nycdata/population-geography/maps-boroughs.htm.

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