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.
Zip codes include: 10458, 10463, 10467, 10468
*All data from Community Health Profiles includes Bedford Park, Fordham, Kingsbridge Heights, Norwood, and University Heights
*All data from DATA2GO is given from Community District (Bedford Park, Fordham North & Norwood)
Total Population: 148,163 (1.74% of NYC population) (1)
Population by Race and Ethnicity of Kingsbridge Heights and Bedford (2) and New York City (2)
Kingsbridge Heights/Bedford Population by Age: (1)
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:
KINGSBRIDGE HEIGHTS AND BEDFORD SUMMER MEALS:
Summer Meals locations have not yet been released for the upcoming season (as of March 10, 2020). Please check the below resources as summer nears:
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.
KINGSBRIDGE HEIGHTS AND BEDFORD COMMUNITY GARDENS:
KINGSBRIDGE HEIGHTS AND BEDFORD GREENTHUMB GARDENS:
There are over 600 GreenThumb community gardens across the city, and any resident can join a garden. In Kingsbridge Heights and Bedford, there are 5 GreenThumb gardens. Find the most up-to-date list of gardens using GreenThumb’s searchable Garden Map (9)
KINGSBRIDGE HEIGHTS AND BEDFORD SCHOOL GARDENS:
KINGSBRIDGE HEIGHTS AND BEDFORD 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.
KINGSBRIDGE HEIGHTS AND BEDFORD SNAP ENROLLMENT SITES:
*It is possible to apply for SNAP benefits online at https://www.ny.gov/services/apply-snap
KINGSBRIDGE HEIGHTS AND BEDFORD WIC SITES:
KINGSBRIDGE HEIGHTS AND BEDFORD FOOD PANTRIES AND SOUP KITCHENS
*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.
KINGSBRIDGE HEIGHTS AND BEDFORD RETAIL FOOD STORES:
*This list includes all retail food stores with the zip codes 10458, 10463, 10467, and 10468 within the neighborhood lines, from data.ny.gov (7) that have searchable store names, addresses, and phone numbers via a comprehensive search of government resources and search engines, as of February 27, 2020.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN KINGSBRIDGE HEIGHTS AND BEDFORD:
FOOD POLICY ORGANIZATIONS IN KINGSBRIDGE HEIGHTS AND BEDFORD:
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Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Bronx Community District 7: Kingsbridge Heights and Bedford, 2018, pp. 1–20.
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“U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: New York City, New York.” Census Bureau QuickFacts, https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/newyorkcitynewyork/INC110217.
“Green Thumb Garden Map.” NYC Parks, https://greenthumb.nycgovparks.org/gardensearch.php.
“Retail Food Stores.” NY Open Data, https://data.ny.gov/Economic-Development/Retail-Food-Stores/9a8c-vfzj.