Golden Harvest Food Pantry Garden
NEBHDCo has been running the Golden Harvest Food Pantry in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn for the past 20 years and serves over 900 families per year. In the beginning of 2013, we developed the garden behind the pantry in order to provide fresh and locally grown food for our pantry clients during pick-up hours and at the various community events that we host. With limited staff capacity and growing space, we harvested approximately 150 pounds of produce in the 2013 growing season. In preparation for the 2014 growing season, we recently doubled the number of growing beds available from five to ten and are planning to add fruit bushes as well as a composting system to reduce our contribution to the waste stream.
Bedford-Stuyvesant is one of the highest need communities in New York City, with 40% of residents earning less than $25,000 per year. The New York District Public Health Office’s 2012 Community Health Survey states that 30.8% of residents are obese and 18.8% of residents reported eating no fruits or vegetables the day before the survey was conducted. Bed-Stuy is ranked 6th nationally for food hardship and 60% of participants in a recent survey said that the biggest obstacle to eating healthy was the high price of healthy food. We want to help fill this gap.
In early 2014, our food pantry will be moving to a brand new building around the corner from its current location and we will be transitioning to a client-choice model. We expect this move will draw significantly more clients to our pantry and we want to welcome them with as much fresh produce as possible. With increased staffing, volunteer support, partnerships with schools, and the additional growing beds, we expect to yield significantly greater harvests in 2014.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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