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Central Brooklyn Food Cooperative
375 Stuyvesant Ave.

The Central Brooklyn Food Coop is a 100% working member-owned and –operated food store with membership open to all. Our mission is to utilize our collective strength to ensure access to affordable and fresh food within the mostly-of-color, low- and moderate-income communities of Central Brooklyn.

(718) 771-7000
We are a food cooperative in formation and we have been organizing for the past 3 years. The effort is Black-led, and is created to serve the mostly of color, low to moderate income folks in Central Brooklyn. We are working towards a storefront in the community.
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Citizens Committee for New York City
77 Water Street, Suite 202
New York

Our mission is simple: to help New Yorkers —especially those in low-income areas— come together and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.

(212) 989-0909
Citizens Committee for New York City is one of the nation’s oldest micro-funding organizations. We raise money from foundations, corporations, and individual donors—then award it to amazing projects.

But we don’t stop there. We’re also here to listen to new ideas and offer active, hands-on help. That means we’re in your neighborhoods presenting workshops, meeting community leaders, even weeding the occasional garden.

In short, we help neighbors make their communities greener, friendlier and more resilient. Oftentimes, our grants are made to community gardens, food stands, and nutrition education programs.
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City Parks Foundation
830 Fifth Ave.
New York

At City Parks Foundation, we are dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community building and education programs for all New Yorkers. Our programs — located in more than 350 parks, recreation centers and public schools across New York City — reach 425,000 people each year. Our ethos is simple: thriving parks mean thriving communities.

(212) 360-2765
City Parks Foundation offers programs that are dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life. The Learning Gardens is an educational program that provides hands-on lessons for elementary and middle school kids during the school year, and group programs during the summer, teaching kids the fun of community gardening, growing food, understanding biodiversity of our urban environment and more.
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Common Ground Compost
407 E 12th St
Ste 1 RSE
New York

Common Ground Compost works with the NYC community to facilitate the recycling of organics in any capacity— supporting the health & sustaining the growth of urban communities.

(929) 229-5810
Common Ground Compost is a woman-owned NYC-based consulting operation that helps businesses build and launch waste diversion programs. Our clients range from hotels and restaurants to schools, residential buildings, and other organizations. We focus on education, transparency, information sharing, and metrics, helping to train staff and give our clients the information they need to be confident that their waste is being handled in the way that they expect it to be.

We also run a Zero Waste events program, renting infrastructure and helping offer public-facing recycling, composting, and waste stations that allow event attendees to sort waste into categories – making the waste experience at events more interactive and transparent.
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Cooperative Economics Alliance of NYC
12651 San Pablo Avenue #5473

The Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City (CEANYC) strengthens and expands community-led, democratically-controlled initiatives — from worker, financial and consumer co-ops to community land trusts and gardens, mutual housing, and low-income housing co-ops. Our goal is to build an economy based on values of social and racial justice, ecological sustainability, cooperation, mutualism, and democracy.

(626) 622-7290
CEANYC is the only membership-based organization in NYC that brings together cooperatives and solidarity economy practitioners across sectors. Our membership includes low-income housing cooperatives, community development credit unions, CSAs, community gardens, food cooperatives, community land trusts, and worker-owned cooperatives. Our main areas of programming include: training and technical assistance, policy and advocacy, and visibility and promotion. We currently have 100+ members and are in the process of expanding.
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Directions for Our Youth, Inc.
349 East 149 Street
Suite 501

Directions for Our Youth, Inc. (DFOY) is a non-profit community-based youth development organization providing quality out-of-school-time programming in underserved areas of the Bronx and Manhattan for young people enrolled in grades K-12.

Our mission is to engage young people as active partners in their own development as they seek to become thriving, self-sufficient adults and agents of change within their local and global communities.

(212) 362-4020
DFOY provides over 1,200 students with high-quality content-drive programs encouraging educational enrichment, career awareness, civic engagement, and personal development.
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Domestic Fair Trade Association
P.O. Box 210638

Our mission is to promote and protect the integrity of domestic fair trade.

The DFTA is a unique organization that fosters collaboration between farmers and farmworkers in the United States and Canadian sustainable agriculture movement. We seek to build supply chains dedicated to principles of fairness and equity by uniting these efforts with mission-based traders, retailers, and consumers.

(347) 589-3398
The Domestic Fair Trade Association is the primary thought leader on domestic fair trade and a crucial advocate for workers rights, fair prices for farmers, and environmental sustainability in the American and Canadian agricultural system. We are a membership-based organization with 35 members spanning five stakeholder groups along the food chain– farmers, farmworkers, retailers, intermediaries (manufacturers, processors, and distributors), and NGOs.

The mission of the DFTA is to promote, educate, and advocate for an agricultural production system that meets the sixteen domestic fair trade principles identified by diverse stakeholders throughout the agricultural supply chain. The DFTA facilitates connections between agricultural sectors in order to build resilient communities and improve food production so that the agricultural system is healthy, just, and sustainable.
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East New York 4 Gardens Inc.
485 Fountain Ave, Apt. 1E

(a) Assisting with the creation, maintenance and upkeep, and improvement of community gardens and parks;
(b) Educating members of local communities about horticulture and healthy life choices through classes, demonstrations, and organized trips;
(c) Providing training, mentorship, and employment to members of local communities;
(d) Facilitating public dialogue regarding community gardens and social issues;
(e) Promoting support of community gardens and parks and conducting public education and advocacy regarding other issues affecting local communities;
(f) Connecting non-profits, volunteers, government resources, and corporate donors with garden and park projects;
(g) Making grants in furtherance of the foregoing, donations and fundraising;
(e) Conducting any other activities that may be necessary, useful, or desirable for the furtherance or accomplishment of the foregoing purposes, provided that those activities would not endanger the Corporation’s not-for-profit or tax-exempt status.

(347) 546-8575
East New York 4 Gardens organization is the support the residents of East New York/Brownsville on urban farming and its ecology.
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Food & Water Watch
1616 P Street, NW
Washington DC

Food & Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all. We stand up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment.

(347) 778-2743
Food & Water Watch works to protect our most vital resources from corporate control and abuse and to ensure that government fulfills its obligation to protect public health and the environment. We conduct organizing, education, and advocacy to build awareness, engage supporters, and collaborate with allies. We take on some of the world’s most powerful companies, including Monsanto and Walmart, to create safe, sustainable food systems that serve the interests of both producers and consumers.
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Foodicine Health, Inc.
1005 Boylston Street #336

Foodicine Health promotes Educational, Advocacy, Training, and Motivational projects related to the various “Special Diets” that are part of the treatment for chronic health conditions-such as Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Crohn’s Disease and Colitis, Lactose Intolerance, Kidney Disease, and Food Allergies-that affect millions of people worldwide.

(617) 872-2701
Foodicine Health is the only non-profit in the United States that is focused on 1) educating the public about the importance of adhering to the specific special meal programs that treat various chronic illnesses and food allergies and; 2) educating restaurants, schools, airports, etc. about the importance of accommodating individuals who must follow a special diet.

We are at a critical juncture in the relationship between food and the treatment of chronic health conditions. Public education regarding the importance of healthy eating and diet to the prevention of health conditions has been provided in the media and in medical practice. However, public education regarding the need for patients to modify their diet after a diagnosis of a chronic medical condition has not been as significant, and public education regarding the need for restaurants, colleges, and places of public accommodation to provide access to the foods necessary to follow those diets has not been as significant.

“We are what we eat”. Yet, often, this is a very difficult task for the patient. It is difficult to go to a friend’s house and tell the host “I’m sorry but you will have to make a special meal for me.” Or go out to eat with friends and ask the waitstaff to substitute the foods on the menu that are not part of your recommended diet for ones that are? What happens if the restaurant is not flexible? Or what if the public school or college does not offer the foods that you need on its meal plan?

The need to educate the public about the requirements of special diets to treat various medical conditions is critical if we, as a society, can adapt to allow people with special dietary needs to easily follow their prescribed meal plan as part of their daily routine and treat their illness.

Foodicine Health hopes to provide that education to the public.
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