Two of every five New Yorkers, and nearly 50% of households with children, can't buy fresh, affordable food close to home. (New York Community Experience Partnership)

Hamilton-Madison House


Hamilton-Madison House (HMH) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents in the Two Bridges/Chinatown area on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Hamilton-Madison House offers a variety of human service social programs. Each week, Hamilton-Madison House provides services to 1,700 people of all ages and to more than 10,000 people annually.

Healthy Communities Through Healthy Food

UNH, through its participation in the Community Experience Partnership (CEP), is partnering with six organizations to develop effective local strategies for increasing access to and use of affordable fresh food in low-income communities. With older adults driving these efforts, strategies include the formation of fresh food buyers’ clubs, community gardens, establishing community farm stands, expanding local farmers markets, and offering food education and cooking classes to local residents.

During the initiative’s first two years (2010  - 2012) over 70 tons of fresh food has been brought into three targeted communities. Two farm stands and two farmers' markets have opened, and 120 food gardens have been strengthened or established. 

In 2011, the diverse communities involved in this work extended from East New York Brooklyn, to eastern Queens, southwest Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. By working through its member agencies, UNH hopes to extend this work throughout the City, improving the health and well-being of countless New Yorkers.

Low-income neighborhoods face increasing challenges including rising hunger, higher rates of unemployment and limited access to basic resources including healthy, affordable food. These same communities also suffer significant health challenges, many of which are associated with diet—including higher than average rates for obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.

A powerful strategy for addressing these challenges is rallying a community around the very basic issue of food, especially the need to increase access to and use of affordable fresh food. To engage residents in this strategy, in 2012, UNH hosted 115 older adult fresh food leaders and advocates at a summit focused on increasing access to healthy food in their neighborhoods. 

In Two Years...

Six different and distinct organizations are engaged as community partners with UNH:

For more information about improving healthy food access in your community, contact Program Director Terry Kaelber.

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