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.
Total Population: 124,323 (1.5% of NYC population) (2)
Population by Race and Ethnicity of East Harlem (1) and New York City (2)
East Harlem Population by Age: (2)
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:
EAST HARLEM SUMMER MEALS:
For summer 2019, there were 16 free summer meal sites in East Harlem.
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.
EAST HARLEM COMMUNITY GARDENS:
GrowNYC Community Gardens (6)
New York Restoration Project (7)
Other Gardens (8)
EAST HARLEM GREENTHUMB GARDENS:
There are over 600 GreenThumb community gardens across the city, and any resident can join a garden. In East Harlem, there are 28 GreenThumb gardens. Find the most up-to-date list of gardens using GreenThumb’s searchable Garden Map (9)
EAST HARLEM SCHOOL GARDENS:
EAST HARLEM FARMERS’ MARKETS:
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.
EAST HARLEM SNAP ENROLLMENT SITES:
EAST HARLEM WIC SITES:
To apply for WIC online, look here.
EAST HARLEM FOOD PANTRIES AND SOUP KITCHENS (10, 11)
*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.
EAST HARLEM RETAIL FOOD STORES:
*This list includes retail food stores with the zip codes 10035 and 10029 from data.ny.gov (12) that have searchable store names, addresses, and phone numbers via a comprehensive search of government resources and search engines, as of February 18, 2020.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN EAST HARLEM:
FOOD POLICY ORGANIZATIONS IN EAST HARLEM:
COMMUNITY HEALTH RESOURCES:
Article Image: “New York City (NYC) Neighborhood Maps – By Borough – Manhattan.” NYCdata, Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/nycdata/population-geography/maps-boroughs.htm.