Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger

by Leah Butz
Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger
2010 Fulton Street
Secondary Address
The Healing Garden at Far Rockaway
385 Beach 45th St, Far Rockaway, NY 11691
Phone Number
(718) 773-3551
Director, Manager or CEO
Dr. Melony Saumuels, Founder and Executive Director
Mission Statement
Our mission is to empower and educate our low-income neighbors to lead healthier lives by increasing their access to nutritious food and related resources and by attacking systemic or institutional barriers to good health. We uniquely combine emergency food distribution, social services assistance and supportive, educational, empowerment programs for a variety of ages with a robust urban farming operation.
Community members served per month
Volunteers per month
150 per week
Annual Budget
Year Started
Major Funders
Food Bank NYC
City Harvest
National Grid Foundation
Merck Foundation
Levitt Family Foundation
Laurie Tisch Ilumination Fund
American Beverage Association
Latest Projects
The Urban Fresh Connect On The Go vehicle is a custom-made refrigerated food delivery vehicle equipped with a mobile food distribution system, benefits access office, storage and cooking facilities. Urban Fresh Connection on the Go will make it possible for the neediest New Yorkers to learn about and take home locally-grown, vitamin-dense fresh produce and nutritious cooking techniques, and be able to enjoy healthy, hot and cold meals. Most importantly, they will have the opportunity to learn about the role such food can play in shaping their lives and keeping chronic, food-related illnesses at bay.
Interesting Fact
We serve 1.3 million meals per year and 25-30,000 per month. We produced 27,000 pounds of produce on our urban farms in 2016 and we raise chickens at two locations. Our farms and farm stands are youth-led and largely managed by our Green Teen Internship Program participants.
Areas Served
Core Programs
Farms – Urban Agro-Educational Centers: The Healing Garden at Far Rockaway and The Saratoga Farm
Food pantries – Superchoice Food Pantry, Mobile Food Pantry
Benefits counseling and support – Direct Service Office and Mobile RV Service
Nutrition Empowerment programs – Health 360 and Healthy Bloomers
Major Issues
Our major issues are eliminating the hunger gap, attacking the barriers to healthy eating and good nutrition and empowerment of our low-income neighbors to foster healthy eating. We provide 30,000 meals per month through our Superchoice and Mobile Food Pantry. We operate a Direct Service Center and a Mobile Service RV. BSCAH operates two Urban Agro Educational Centers that serve as outdoor classrooms and produce close to 30,000 pounds of food per year for the community. These urban farms are youth-led and largely run by our Teens and Young Adults as part of our Green Teens Internship program. Green Teens is a paid apprenticeship for ages 15-22 focused on leadership development, agriculture, small business and nutrition. Our Health 360 program is a cooking and gardening program for senior citizens. We have a free summer camp and after-school program, called Healthy Bloomers, for those ages 4-11. Our Weekend Healthy Snack Service provides free, healthy snacks for youth. Also, our Health Communities Healthy Families program is an intergenerational cooking and nutrition evening dinner event.
Hours of Operation
Varies based on program but generally, M-Sat: 9-6
Frequently used hashtags
#bscah, #Feednycforward, #health360, #bscahchip
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