Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger

Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger
Organization Name:
Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger
Primary Address 1:
2010 Fulton Street
Primary Address City:
Brooklyn
Primary Address State:
NY
Primary Address Zip:
11233
Other Locations 1:
The Healing Garden at Far Rockaway
385 Beach 45th St, Far Rockaway, NY 11691
Long Organization Description:

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.

Organization Website Address:
Organization Phone Number:
(718) 773-3551
Director, Manager or CEO (First Name):
Dr. Melony Saumuels, Founder and Executive Director
How do customers and clients contact your organization?:
They can walk in, find us through word of mouth or by passing by but they can call us, email us or find us on Facebook or Instagram.
Interesting Fact About the Organization:
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.
Community members (approx.):
30,000-50,000
Number of volunteers:
150 per week
Annual Budget:
$4,275,000
Year Started:
1998
Major Funders:
Food Bank NYC
City Harvest
National Grid Foundation
HPNAP
WellCare
Merck Foundation
Levitt Family Foundation
Laurie Tisch Ilumination Fund
American Beverage Association
Organization Type:
Emergency food distribution, wraparound social services, nutrition education provider, operates urban farms in Central Brooklyn and Far Rockaway.
About the Organization:
Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger (BSCAH) is one of the largest direct providers of emergency food and related services currently working to break cycles of poverty in New York City. What sets us apart from similarly missioned organizations is that we focus on dignity and empowerment, and each year, Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger closes the hunger gap for thousands of families who are struggling. Whether it is through our benefits access programs, urban farming/farmers markets, internship programs for youth, or daily access to needed food, these connections are invaluable for families and entire communities at large. For individuals and families who have historically been unable to provide for themselves independently, a trip to BSCAH for emergency food has the possibility to turn into a major shift in empowerment. For this, we have earned longstanding trust among our most at-risk neighbors.
Latest Project:
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.
Areas Served:
Brooklyn
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
Non-profit?:
Non-Profit
We have and or use Social Media?:
Yes, we do have social media (twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc…)
Frequently used hashtags 1:
#bscah, #Feednycforward, #health360, #bscahchip
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