Washington Heights/Inwood Food Council

Washington Heights/Inwood Food Council
Primary Address 1:
Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhoods of Northern Manhattan
Primary Address City:
New York
Primary Address State:
NY
Long Organization Description:

Developing pathways to food justice in Washington Heights and Inwood.

Organization Website Address:
Director, Manager or CEO (First Name):
Eman
Director, Manager or CEO (Last Name):
Faris
How do customers and clients contact your organization?:
Email, Facebook, Website
How often does your organization use social media?:
Frequently
Interesting Fact About the Organization:
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.
Community members (approx.):
30
Number of volunteers:
8
Annual Budget:
~$5000
Year Started:
March 2016
Major Funders:
Citizens Committee for NYC
Organization Type:
Community group
About the Organization:
The Washington Heights/Inwood Food Council was founded in March 2016 and has an estimated 1000+ people in its network. Since our founding, 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. A major project of the group has been its garden plot. We have 3 garden beds in the Riley-Levin Children’s garden in east Inwood and we regularly invite community members to garden with us by hosting weekly open garden hours and monthly Family Garden Days during the growing season.
Latest Project:
We held a free holiday gift-making workshop that showed participants how to create eco-friendly and sustainable homemade gifts. In Jannuary 2020, we will host our annual fermentation workshop for the 3rd time.
Mission Statement:
Developing pathways to food justice in Washington Heights and Inwood
Areas Served:
Washington Heights and Inwood
Core Programs:
Community garden plot
Nutrition education and workshops
Advocacy
Major Issues:
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.
We have and or use Social Media?:
Yes, you can find us on Instagram and Facebook.
  • Washington Heights/Inwood Food Council
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