Foodscape: Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows

by Melissa Gallanter, RD

Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows 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 Community Health Profiles includes Briarwood, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Jamaica Hills, Kew Gardens Kills, and Utopia

*All data from DATA2GO includes Briarwood, Fresh Meadows & Hillcrest

Zip codes include: 11365, 11366

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 156,217 (1.83% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows and New York City (1)
    • Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows: 18% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows: 13% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows: 31% White | NYC: 32% White
    • Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows: 35% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows: 3% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows Population by Age: (1)
    • 0-17 years: 20%
    • 18-24 years: 10%
    • 25-44 years: 28%
    • 45-64 years: 27%
    • 65+ years: 15%
  • Life Expectancy
    • Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows: 84.4 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows: 47% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows to 5 bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 3,992,143 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows: 13.3% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows: 0.6% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows: 12.0% of households (2)| NYC: 22.4% of households (2)
  • Walking Distance to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: (4)
    • Includes data from Bayside/Little Neck/Fresh Meadows (Zipcodes 11361, 11362, 11363, 11364, 11366, 11367)
      • 5 minutes or less: 18% (Compared to 49% New York City-wide)
      • 5-10 minutes: 16% (Compared to 18% New York City-wide)
      • 10 minutes or more: 61% (Compared to 32% New York City-wide)

FOOD CONSUMPTION:

  • At Least One Serving of Fruits or Vegetables Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows: 89% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows: 11% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows: 18% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows: 79% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows: 20% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows: 18% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows: 14% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows: 24% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows: $65,679 (2) | NYC: $63,132 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows: 13.4% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows: 5.2% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows: 30.8% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows: 7.0 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows: 8% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows: 23 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows: 70% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

HILLCREST/FRESH MEADOWS 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.

During the summer of 2020, over 400 Meal Hubs operated from 7:30am-11:30am for children and families and 11:30am-1:30pm for adults. Starting September 29, 200 Meal Hubs continue to provide grab-and-go meal service for all New Yorkers on Monday-Friday between 3-5pm.

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.

HILLCREST/FRESH MEADOWS COMMUNITY GARDENS: 

HILLCREST/FRESH MEADOWS SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • HS 670 Robert F. Kennedy Community High School: 75-40 Parsons Blvd
  • PS 154 : 75-02 162nd St
  • PS 255 @ J.H. 168 (Parsons Ed. Complex)- D75 MAIN SITE: 158-40 76th Rd
  • PS 4 P004Q @P179Q: 196-25 Peck Ave

HILLCREST/FRESH MEADOWS 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.

HILLCREST/FRESH MEADOWS 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

HILLCREST/FRESH MEADOWS 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.

  • Walgreens
    69-62 188th St 11365, (718) 969-2890
  • Fresh Meadows Natural
    6974 188th St 11365, (718) 380-3567
  • Amigo Grocery Store Inc.
    61-43 186th St 11365, (646) 481-1883
  • Full Stop Grocery
    15827 Horace Harding Expy 11365, (718) 359-1278
  • 7-Eleven
    58-20 Francis Lewis Blvd 11365, (718) 631-1862
  • Empire Deli Plus
    17657 Union Tpke 11366, (718) 820-0888
  • Rite Aid
    158-02 Union Tpke 11366, (718) 380-8259
  • IOG Supermarket
    19525 69th Ave 11365, (718) 217-0888
  • Kouchi Supermarket
    7501 Parsons Blvd 11366, (718) 380-7670
  • A to Z Glatt Kosher Supermarket
    18605 Union Tpke 11366, (718) 454-4200
  • P & M Convenience Store
    16821 Union Tpke 11366, (718) 969-0781
  • Highway Deli
    6111 173rd St 11365, (718) 539-8728
  • NBA Glatt Market
    185-02 Union Tpke 11366, (347) 644-5959
  • Lucky Deli
    75-9 164th St 11366,
  • FM Halal Meat and Grocery
    184-12 Horace Harding 11365, (718) 460-4401
  • American Flag Deli & Grocery
    75-15 Parsons Blvd 11366, (718) 591-0475
  • A to Z Glatt
    186-05 Union Tpke 11366, (718) 454-4200
  • CVS
    Fresh Meadows Shopping Plaza, 61-26 188th St 11365, (718) 454-4433
  • Key Food Flushing
    164-5 69th Ave 11365, (718) 762-1112
  • Island of Gold Supermarket
    195-25 69th Ave 11365, (718) 217-0888
  • Golden Island Supermarket
    176-19 Union Tpke 11366, (718) 969-8828
  • Walgreens
    186-16 Union Tpke 11366, (718) 264-0319
  • Union Food Market
    7509 164th St 11366,
  • Food Universe Marketplace
    70-63 Parsons Blvd 11365, (718) 591-1234
  • Food Universe Marketplace
    196-35 Horace Harding Expy 11365, (718) 423-9589
  • Oneg Shabbos Gourmet
    164-08 69th Ave 11365, (718) 380-4078
  • 7-Eleven
    168-01 Union Tpke 11366, (718) 969-9713
  • Fruit Basket
    182-6 Union Tpke 11366, (718) 380-4116
  • Freshmeadows Halal Meat & Grocery
    18412 Horace Harding Expy 11365, (718) 460-4401
  • Double J Deli
    16802 Union Tpke 11366, (718) 380-3515
  • Chang Xin Foods Market
    16721 Union Tpke 11366, (718) 969-5338
  • Tommys Deli
    178-03 Union Tpke 11366,

PARKS IN HILLCREST/FRESH MEADOWS:

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

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Last updated: 3/9/2021

REFERENCES:

  1. Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Queens Community District 8: Hillcrest and Fresh Meadows.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Queens Community District 8: Hillcrest and Fresh Meadows, 2018, pp. 1–20.
  2. “Data2Go: Briarwood, Fresh Meadows & Hillcrest.” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://data2go.nyc/cd/?id=408*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#
  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. “A Foodscape of Bayside/Little Neck/Fresh Meadows.” New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, Mar. 2017, https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/FS404406_2017.pdf.
  5. “Green Thumb Garden Map.” NYC Parks, https://greenthumb.nycgovparks.org/gardensearch.php.

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

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