Foodscape: Morris Park/Bronxdale

by NYC Food Policy Editor

Morris Park/Bronxdale 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 Allerton, Bronxdale, Indian Village, Morris Park, Pelham Gardens, Pelham Parkway and Van Nest

*All data from DATA2GO includes Pelham Parkway, Morris Park & Laconia

Zip codes include: 10461, 10462

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 116,180 (1.36% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of Morris Park/Bronxdale and New York City (1)
    • Morris Park/Bronxdale: 45% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • Morris Park/Bronxdale: 21% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • Morris Park/Bronxdale: 24% White | NYC: 32% White
    • Morris Park/Bronxdale: 9% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • Morris Park/Bronxdale: 1% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • Morris Park/Bronxdale Population by Age: (1)
    • 0-17 years: 22%
    • 18-24 years: 9%
    • 25-44 years: 30%
    • 45-64 years: 24%
    • 65+ years: 14%
  • Life Expectancy
    • Morris Park/Bronxdale: 81.7 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • Morris Park/Bronxdale: 35% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in Morris Park/Bronxdale to 17 bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 3,532,469 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • Morris Park/Bronxdale: 14.9% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • Morris Park/Bronxdale: 0.6% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • Morris Park/Bronxdale: 25.8% of households (2)| NYC: 22.4% of households (2)
  • Walking Distance to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: (4)
    • Includes data from Pelham/Throgs Neck (Zipcodes 10461, 10462, 10464, 10472, 10473)
      • 5 minutes or less: 41% (Compared to 49% New York City-wide)
      • 5-10 minutes: 21% (Compared to 18% New York City-wide)
      • 10 minutes or more: 38% (Compared to 32% New York City-wide)

FOOD CONSUMPTION:

  • At Least One Serving of Fruits or Vegetables Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Morris Park/Bronxdale: 83% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • Morris Park/Bronxdale: 17% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Morris Park/Bronxdale: 29% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • Morris Park/Bronxdale: 80% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • Morris Park/Bronxdale: 32% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • Morris Park/Bronxdale: 23% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • Morris Park/Bronxdale: 14% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • Morris Park/Bronxdale: 31% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • Morris Park/Bronxdale: $56,480 (2) | NYC: $63,132 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • Morris Park/Bronxdale: 20% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • Morris Park/Bronxdale: 6.5% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • Morris Park/Bronxdale: 31.7% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • Morris Park/Bronxdale: 7.4 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • Morris Park/Bronxdale: 10% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • Morris Park/Bronxdale: 18 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • Morris Park/Bronxdale: 74% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

MORRIS PARK/BRONXDALE 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.

MORRIS PARK/BRONXDALE COMMUNITY GARDENS: 

MORRIS PARK/BRONXDALE SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • PS 721 Stephen McSweeney School: 2697 Westchester Ave
  • PS 12 Lewis and Clark School: 2555 Tratman Ave
  • PS 83 Donald Hertz: 950 Rhinelander Ave
  • HS 293 Renaissance High School for Musical Theater & Technology: 3000 E Tremont Ave
  • HS 405 Herbert H. Lehman High School: 3000 E Tremont Ave
  • PS 105 Sen Abraham Bernstein: 725 Brady Ave
  • MS/HS 127 The Castle Hill: 1560 Purdy St
  • PS 71 Rose E. Scala: 3040 Roberts Ave
  • PS 567 Linden Tree Elementary School: 1560 Purdy St

MORRIS PARK/BRONXDALE 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.

MORRIS PARK/BRONXDALE 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

MORRIS PARK/BRONXDALE 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. 

MORRIS PARK/BRONXDALE 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 MORRIS PARK/BRONXDALE:

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: 2/3/21

REFERENCES:

  1. Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Bronx Community District 11: Morris Park and Bronxdale.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Bronx Community District 11: Morris Park and Bronxdale, 2018, pp. 1–20.
  2. “Data2Go: Pelham Parkway, Morris Park & Laconia.” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://data2go.nyc/cd/?id=211*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. “A Foodscape of Pelham/Throgs Neck.” New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, Mar. 2017, https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/FS104_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 – Bronx.” NYCdata, Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/nycdata/population-geography/maps-boroughs.htm.

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