Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) Food Pantry

by Leah Butz
Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) Food Pantry
50 East 168th Street
Phone Number
(718) 839-1100
Director, Manager or CEO
Doxene Roberts, LCSW-R, Vice President of Family Support and Housing Services; Davon Russell, Executive Vice President
Mission Statement
To give the South Bronx access to all the resources that create thriving neighborhoods: from high-quality early education and after-school programs, to fresh, healthy food, cultural programming, and economic opportunity.
Community members served per month
Food Pantry: 450; All WHEDco programs: 3,000+
Volunteers per month
Number of staff/employees
Annual Budget
Year Started
Major Funders
Food Pantry: United Way Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program, United Way Emergency Food and Shelter Program, Food Bank for New York City, New York City Human Resources Administration Emergency Food Assistance Program nnOther WHEDco Family Support and Health Services: New York State Department of Health, Division of Nutrition; New York State Office of Children and Family Services; New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance; New York City Department of Youth and Community Development
Latest Projects
In early 2017, WHEDco broke ground on our third and most ambitious project yet: Bronx Commons, a mixed-use development that will feature 305 affordable homes, ground-level retail, recreational space, and the Bronx Music Hall, a new music venue, gallery, and arts-based community center.
Interesting Fact
WHEDco also increases the availability of fresh food to local residents with our 2,000 square foot farm on the rooftop of our Intervale Green housing development located in the Crotona Park East neighborhood of the South Bronx. Having recently concluded its sixth productive year, tenants harvested 1,300 pounds of produce for use at home or to provide to neighbors. In addition, WHEDco’s Headstart preschoolers and After School/Summer Program youth maintain a greenhouse and garden on the grounds of our Urban Horizons housing development. These students grow, harvest, and eat fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs as part of their lessons in science, health, and the environment.
Areas Served
Core Programs
Community Food Pantry and Family Support, Counseling, Benefits & Advocacy Services. Other WHEDco Services: Affordable Green Homes, Education and Youth Development, Home-Based Childcare, Community and Economic Development, Bronx CookSpace Incubator, and Bronx Music Heritage Center.
Major Issues
Affordable Housing, Family Support (benefits counseling including SNAP enrollment, mental health counseling, legal counseling, school support, food pantry), Youth Education and Development, Community Development and Small Business Support, Home-based Childcare
Hours of Operation
Food Pantry: 9:30-10:30, Wednesdays; Other WHEDco program operation times vary, please visit www.whedco.org for more information
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