Brooklyn and Queens have the largest senior populations of the five boroughs, each with about 282,000 seniors. (NYC Office of the Public Advocate)

BronxWorks

Bronx

BronxWorks, an organization that provides services to all age groups from infants to senior citizens, supports the mission of helping individuals and families improve their economic and social well-being. BronxWorks has twenty-eight locations in the South Bronx and serves over 37,500 borough residents 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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