Foodscape: Jamaica/Hollis

by NYC Food Policy Editor

Jamaica/Hollis 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 Jamaica, Hollis, Jamaica Center, North Springfield Gardens, Rochdale, South Jamaica, and St. Albans

*All data from DATA2GO includes Jamaica, Hollis & St. Albans

Zip codes include: 11412, 11423, 11432, 11433, 11434, 11435, 11436

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 232,911 (2.73% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of Jamaica/Hollis and New York City (1)
    • Jamaica/Hollis: 17% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • Jamaica/Hollis: 66% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • Jamaica/Hollis: 2% White | NYC: 32% White
    • Jamaica/Hollis: 12% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • Jamaica/Hollis: 3% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • Jamaica/Hollis Population by Age: (1)
    • 0-17 years: 22%
    • 18-24 years: 10%
    • 25-44 years: 27%
    • 45-64 years: 27%
    • 65+ years: 14%
  • Life Expectancy
    • Jamaica/Hollis: 81.1 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • Jamaica/Hollis: 42% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in Jamaica/Hollis to 20 bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 9,464,831 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • Jamaica/Hollis: 20% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • Jamaica/Hollis: 0.3% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • Jamaica/Hollis: 19.5% of households (2)| NYC: 22.4% of households (2)
  • Walking Distance to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: (4)
    • 5 minutes or less: 40% (Compared to 49% New York City-wide)
    • 5-10 minutes: 20% (Compared to 18% New York City-wide)
    • 10 minutes or more: 39% (Compared to 32% New York City-wide)

FOOD CONSUMPTION:

  • At Least One Serving of Fruits or Vegetables Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Jamaica/Hollis: 86% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • Jamaica/Hollis: 14% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Jamaica/Hollis: 30% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • Jamaica/Hollis: 82% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • Jamaica/Hollis: 30% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • Jamaica/Hollis: 23% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • Jamaica/Hollis: 16% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • Jamaica/Hollis: 37% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • Jamaica/Hollis: $62,228 (2) | NYC: $63,132 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • Jamaica/Hollis: 12.3% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • Jamaica/Hollis: 5.9% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • Jamaica/Hollis: 31.3% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • Jamaica/Hollis: 7.0 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • Jamaica/Hollis: 0% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • Jamaica/Hollis: 26 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • Jamaica/Hollis: 69% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

JAMAICA/HOLLIS COMMUNITY GARDENS: 

JAMAICA/HOLLIS 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)  

  • Discovery Community Garden 1: 108-59 Union Hall St
  • Trees of Life Organic Garden: 106-18 173rd St
  • George Washington Carver Botanical Garden: 109-19 156th St
  • Discovery Community Garden 2: 108-56 Union Hall St
  • Laurelton Community Garden: 179-18 145th Dr
  • Dunton and Civic Association Community Garden: 143-01 Shore Ave
  • Back To Eden Community Garden: 144-29 Lakewood Ave
  • CPF Liberty Learning Garden: 106-18 173rd St
  • Linden Boulevard Community Garden: 178-22 Linden Blvd
  • Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson Community Garden: 117-09 165th St
  • Merrick-Marsden Neighborhood Association Garden: 118-18 Merrick Blvd
  • Merrick-Marsden Neighborhood Association Garden II: 117-02 Merrick Blvd
  • George Eagle Carr Community Garden: 89-23 148th St

JAMAICA/HOLLIS SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • Catherine & Count Basie Middle School 72: 133-25 Guy R Brewer Blvd
  • HS 620 Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School: 165-65 84th Ave
  • PS 95 Eastwood: 179-01 90th Ave
  • PS 354 : 126-10 Bedell St
  • PS 52 : 178-37 146th Terrace
  • PS 360 New choice ES at Q892: 199-10 112th Ave
  • PS 349 The Queens School for Leadership and Excellence: 88-08 164th St
  • PS/IS 268 : 92-07 175th St
  • Bright Beginnings: 86-25 162nd St
  • Queens Collegiate: A College Board School: 167-01 Gothic Dr
  • PS 86 : 87-41 Parsons Blvd
  • PS 117 J. Keld / Briarwood School: 85-15 143rd St
  • JHS 217 Robert A. Van Wyck: 85-05 144th St
  • PS 160 Walter Francis Bishop: 109-59 Inwood St
  • HS 505 Hillcrest High School: 160-05 Highland Ave
  • PS 811 @P 822 Q: 114-36 202nd St
  • PS 233 P233Q@875: 114-43 142nd St
  • PS 993 P993Q @ MS72: 133-25 Guy Brewer Blvd
  • PS 50 Talfourd Lawn Elementary School: 143-26 101st Ave
  • PS 36 Saint Albans School: 187-01 Foch Blvd

JAMAICA/HOLLIS 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.

JAMAICA/HOLLIS 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

JAMAICA/HOLLIS 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. 

JAMAICA/HOLLIS 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 JAMAICA/HOLLIS:

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 JAMAICA/HOLLIS:

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: 9/6/2021

REFERENCES:

  1. Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Queens Community District 12: Jamaica and Hollis.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Queens Community District 12: Jamaica and Hollis, 2018, pp. 1–20.
  2. “Data2Go: Jamaica, Hollis & St. Albans.” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://data2go.nyc/map/?id=412*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#10/40.7561/-73.9792.
  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 Jamaica.” New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, Mar. 2017, https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/FS408_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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