THE POINT's South Bronx Food Justice & Urban Agriculture Project
THE POINT is dedicated to youth development and the cultural and economic revitalization of the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx. Through its South Bronx Food Justice and Urban Agriculture Project, THE POINT engages 70 youth leaders each year to oversee projects aimed at improving food access at the neighborhood level while also organizing community members to advocate for lasting policy changes. Assistance will help make possible youth-led gardening projects at THE POINT's Urban Farm
THE POINT's overarching goal is to help reduce the high prevalence of diet-related diseases in Hunts Point by increasing community awareness of and access to healthy food options and increasing consumer demand for the changes being made to the food environment in Hunts Point. According to the Fund for Public Health NY 2011 data, 30.5% of the Bronx population surveyed is obese (the highest rate in NYC) and 33.4% of the South Bronx population surveyed is obese. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene states that Hunts Point has the highest diabetes rate out of 42 NYC neighborhoods studied. The high rate of diet-related diseases, combined with a large number of people with “limited opportunities to purchase fresh foods” led the NYC Department of City Planning to label Hunts Point a “high need” area in the department's Supermarket Need Index.
THE POINT aims to empower young people to take on food justice issues as stewards and activists in their own community. Youth leaders have been planting and harvesting vegetables at THE POINT's Urban Farm since 2009. Students conduct additional garden projects in other Hunts Point community locations such as THE POINT's community center and the Bryant Hill Community Garden. THE POINT also collaborates with the Society for Aquaponic Values and Education (S.A.V.E.) to engage students in aquaponics.
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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