Community Healthcare Network’s Good Start Nutrition Program is a comprehensive pre-natal/perinatal nutritional counseling program for medically underserved pregnant women, babies, and young children in Jamaica, Queens and the Tremont section of the Bronx. The program consists of individual nutrition counseling and group breastfeeding workshop sessions to provide pregnant women and new mothers with the necessary education to improve their and their children’s health. The program will provide individual nutrition counseling sessions to patients at critical times within their pregnancy and the early stages of their newborn’s life. The program will also provide comprehensive breastfeeding support groups/workshops to prenatal/perinatal patients.
The McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University Silver School of Social Work will extend their Family and Food Matters program to pregnant women. This new pilot curriculum will create awareness of the unique effects of food insecurity among pregnant women. Family and Food Matters to Pregnant Woman will promote overall access to appropriately nutrient-dense foods to maximize in utero development; address food purchases and cooking of adequately nutritious food; and strengthen pregnant women’s internal and external resources for coping with the stresses and strains associated with food insecurity, economic hardship and motherhood.
Also, we are particularly pleased with the outcomes of the Kingsborough Community College Urban Farm Bring it Home Program, which is working to close the gap between access to healthy fresh produce and healthy eating. Research shows that access alone does not mitigate food insecurity—eaters need skills, knowledge and comfort around fresh fruits and vegetables as well. Bring it Home at Kingsborough engages community college students through cooking interventions with the intention of continuing healthy eating practices even after they leave the college.
This 63-year-old multiservice organization serves 21,700 children each year at more than 60 locations, primarily in Queens, but also in Brooklyn, Manhattan and The Bronx. The Child Center of New York’s mission: To strengthen children and families with skills, opportunities, and emotional support to build healthy, successful lives.
Since 1996, The Lower Eastside Girls Club (LESGC) has been providing innovative, community-based, holistic programs and services for girls and young women, ages 8-23, designed to help them grow, learn, have fun, and develop confidence in themselves and their ability to make a difference in the world. The mission of LESGC is to break the cycle of local poverty by training the next generation of ethical, entrepreneurial and environmental leaders.
Founded in 1987, Seedco’s mission is to advance economic opportunity for people, businesses and communities in need. Seedco operates as an intermediary entity building the capacity of community-based organizations and as a direct service provider in its three core mission areas: (1) Workforce Development, focusing on long-term skill building, retention and advancement designed to improve employment outcomes for low-income individuals; (2) Work and Family Support, helping individuals build assets and move towards economic self-sufficiency; and (3) Technical Assistance for nonprofits and government.
Bring it Home will help close the gap between access to healthy fresh produce and healthy eating. Research shows that access alone does not mitigate food insecurity—eaters need skills, knowledge and comfort around fresh fruits and vegetables as well. There is an opportunity to engage urban community college students in regaining control over their health through cooking interventions that will help them translate interest into action.
Housed within New York University Silver School of Social Work, the McSilver Institute conducts, promotes and disseminates interdisciplinary applied research to address root causes of, effects of, and responses to poverty.
NEBHDCO is committed to the preservation, development and management of affordable housing and homeownership opportunities; community and economic development initiatives; and human services that effect social change in central and east Brooklyn.
The mission of Corbin Hill Food Project is to supply fresh vegetables and fruit where they are needed most. Founded in 2009 by a committed group of Harlem residents, Corbin Hill Food Project has grown into a dynamic network of local farmers; deeply rooted community health, education, environmental and service groups; and more than 1,000 participating individuals in Harlem, Washington Heights and the Bronx—many living in ‘food deserts’—who care about good food and how it is grown.READ MORE
The PS 84 PTA was created to cultivate an enriched, educational environment in this diverse, Upper West Side elementary school (PK-5). Unlike many New York City public schools, PS 84 has a 4,000 square foot rooftop garden—now revived and flourishing thanks to small grants and PTA fundraising efforts.READ MORE