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

Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) Food Pantry
Organization Name:
Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) Food Pantry
Primary Address 1:
50 East 168th Street
Primary Address City:
Bronx
Primary Address State:
NY
Primary Address Zip:
10452
Long Organization Description:

WHEDco’s mission is 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.

Organization Phone Number:
(718) 839-1100
Director, Manager or CEO (First Name):
Doxene Roberts, LCSW-R, Vice President of Family Support and Housing Services; Davon Russell, Executive Vice President
Is there any other information you would like to share?:
The WHEDco Food Pantry not only helps alleviate food insecurity, but also connects pantry clients to the other important social services that WHEDco either provides or can refer out to. These services improve financial and overall family stability, and include benefits access, housing coordination, legal aid, and more. WHEDco Food Pantry and Family Support Services staff members speak both English and Spanish, and utilize a telephone translation service for other language needs.
How do customers and clients contact your organization?:
Email, Telephone, Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc)
How often does your organization use social media?:
2-3x per week
Interesting Fact About the Organization:
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.
Community members (approx.):
Food Pantry: 450; All WHEDco programs: 3,000+
Number of volunteers:
2
Number of staff/employees:
1
Annual Budget:
~$20M
Year Started:
2006
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

Other 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
Organization Type:
Affordable Housing and Community Development
About the Organization:
WHEDco is a community development organization founded on the radically simple idea that all people deserve healthy, vibrant communities. WHEDco believes that to be successful, affordable housing must be anchored in strong communities that residents can be proud of. WHEDco’s core programs serve the South Bronx and focus on: (1) creating attractive, energy-efficient, and affordable residential buildings as a foundation for community revitalization; (2) using these buildings as anchors for services that support stability and health; and (3) working with South Bronx residents to improve safety, commercial development, and access to green space. Our services reach over 40,000 people annually through affordable housing; early childhood education and development; family support services; youth and education programs; small-business incubation and development; retail attraction initiatives; and arts programming.
Latest Project:
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.
Areas Served:
Bronx
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
Non-profit?:
Nonprofit
We have and or use Social Media?:
Yes, we do have social media (twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc…)
Frequently used hashtags 1:
#WHEDco
Frequently used hashtags 2:
#Bronx
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