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Washington Heights/Inwood Food Council

Washington Heights/Inwood Food Council
Washington Heights/Inwood Food Council
Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhoods of Northern Manhattan
New York

Developing pathways to food justice in Washington Heights and Inwood.

Catarina Rivera, MSEd, MPH, CPH
Email, Facebook
We wrote a policy statement in favor of healthy vending incentives within the proposed Street Vending Modernization Act and presented it to the Community Board 12 Business Development Committee.
8 person steering committee
March 2016
Citizens Committee for NYC, City Harvest
Community group
The Washington Heights/Inwood Food Council was founded in March 2016 and has an estimated 350+ people in its network. In the past two years, we have developed a growing community of Washington Heights/Inwood residents that are concerned about the food environment in their neighborhood. With a volunteer steering committee leading the efforts, this community organization holds monthly general body meetings about food justice topics, such as environmental justice, big agriculture, food procurement, and urban gardening, all while allowing residents to voice their opinions and vision about the purpose, activities, and outcomes of the Washington Heights/Inwood Food Council. Major projects of the group include a garden plot, food education initiatives, community-building potlucks, a restaurant food crawl, and policy/advocacy.
Applied to Citizens Committee for New York City grant to continue funding a community garden program for teenagers and families, as well as a community building potluck series
Hosting a lecture by Craig Willingham on food procurement in NYC and how to advance those good food purchasing policies
Free food preservation workshop where participants learn to make kim chi and other fermented foods
Washington Heights and Inwood
Youth community gardening plot
Nutrition education via community potlucks and neighborhood restaurant food crawl
Advocating for a stronger food justice agenda at Community Board 12 meetings
The Washington Heights/Inwood Food Council works to encourage sustainable food systems and healthy food consumption in our neighborhoods. We create a space for residents to identify their food justice issues and determine their own solutions. By taking action together while simultaneously developing knowledgeable and culturally-aware leaders, we serve as a catalyst for food justice and foster dynamic community involvement.

We seek to provide a space for sharing and using knowledge with the goal of improving healthy and sustainable food access in our community. We use the term “food justice” broadly. In our work, this can include community awareness, advocacy, educational initiatives, and improving access to healthy, fresh, and affordable food while mindful of the environment and labor.

Our community is currently defined through the jurisdiction of Manhattan Community Board 12, spanning from the northern tip of Manhattan down to 155th Street, and stretching from the Hudson River on the west to the Harlem River on the east. However, we welcome collaboration from community organizations across the region and country.
Yes, we do have social media (twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc…)

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