Food Distribution and Infrastructure in the South Bronx, 9/13

Crates of veggies in a warehouse

Wednesday September 13

9:30am – 4:00pm

Lunch and transportation provided

Register here by 9/8

[UPDATE: You can now read a recap and view photos of the tour online]

With so many food system interventions focused on either production (agriculture) or consumption (food access), the way that food gets from one to the other is frequently left out. Yet this unglamorous link is often the most difficult and vital piece of the puzzle to solve. On September 13th, join Community Food Funders and Philanthropy New York as we return to the South Bronx to learn about some of the current and future food distribution systems utilized in NYC, as well as other infrastructure projects and small-scale supply chain models.

Last summer CFF organized a tour of the South Bronx to visit organizations working on urban agriculture and food access projects. This tour will focus on food distribution and infrastructure, from large regional-scale developments to creative edible landscaping and community-based supply chain projects. The tour will include:

  • A driving tour of the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center, including the meat market, fish market, and produce market
  • A visit to the warehouse of Greenmarket Co., the wholesale distribution arm of GrowNYC, and a look at the future home of their planned regional food hub
  • A showcase by Youth Ministries for Peace & Justice of the newly planted Bronx Foodway, a visionary years-long development involving edible landscapes and interactive demonstration projects along the Bronx River Greenway
  • A climb aboard Swale, the floating food forest docked at Concrete Plant Park
  • Lunch at The Point CDC, a community-based organization partnering on the HUD-funded Hunts Point Resiliency project and the redevelopment of the former Spofford juvenile detention facility into The Peninsula, a 5-acre live-work campus.
  • Urban Health Plan‘s Mercado project, a community space envisioned for The Peninsula modeled after La Marqueta in East Harlem
  • Mary Mitchell Center‘s award-winning La Canasta program, a food buying club for the Bronx sourced from the Hunts Point produce market
  • Corbin Hill Food Project, a nonprofit food systems organization that works to supply food where it is needed most

This is a funder-only event
Co-sponsored by CFF and Philanthropy New York

More about the organizations

The 329-acre Food Distribution Center occupies nearly half of the Hunts Point Peninsula and is comprised of over 155 public and private wholesalers, including the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market, the Cooperative Meat Market, and the New Fulton Fish Market, who generate more than $3 billion in sales annually. Put together, is the largest food market in the western hemisphere.

GrowNYC is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization that works to make New York City more sustainable and improve the lives of all New Yorkers. Reaching two million New Yorkers every year, GrowNYC operates Greenmarket farmers markets as well as Greenmarket Co, whose mission is to create business opportunities for local farmers in the wholesale marketplace while increasing access to fresh, healthy foods in underserved communities of NYC.

Youth Ministries for Peace & Justice‘s purpose is to transform both the people and the physical infrastructure of blighted South Bronx neighborhoods and change the systems that negatively impact them. Founded in 1994, the mission of Youth Ministries for Peace & Justice (YMPJ) is to rebuild the neighborhoods of Bronx River and Soundview/Bruckner in the South Bronx by preparing young people to become prophetic voices for peace and justice. We accomplish this through political education, spiritual formation, and youth and community development and organizing.

Swale is a floating food forest built atop a barge that travels to piers in New York City, offering educational programming and welcoming visitors to harvest herbs, fruits and vegetables for free. Swale strives to strengthen stewardship of public waterways and land, while working to shift policies that will increase the presence of edible perennial landscapes.

The Point CDC is dedicated to youth development and the cultural and economic revitalization of the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx.  It works with neighbors to celebrate the life and art of the community, an area traditionally defined solely in terms of its poverty, crime rate, poor schools, and substandard housing.  The Point believes the area’s residents, their talents, and aspirations, are its greatest assets.  Its central feature is after-school and summer programming for 500 Hunts Point youth in grades 1-12.  Through justice-based arts and service learning activities, The Point supports the academic and pre-professional, artistic, and social development of youth, and engages them as leaders in sustainable community development.

Urban Health Plan is a not-for-profit network of  ten federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), eleven school-based health centers, two part-time clinics, and a mobile van, located in New York City’s South Bronx, Corona, Queens and Central Harlem neighborhoods.  Founded in 1974 by Dr. Richard Izquierdo, a local physician, we provide primary care, specialty, diagnostic and support services to the Latino and African-American communities, and emerging South Asian and West African communities.

The Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center has a youth-lead health campaign that includes La Canasta, a food buying club for the Bronx.  Because we have identified the lack of fresh food access as an important social determinant of health, the Center sponsors a farmers market in the growing season and a food buying club from October – June.  La Canasta sources conventional food from the Hunts Point Market in bulk, divides it into bags and delivers the bags to members through drop-off sites.  Bags cost $15 and are purchased with cash or EBT at 14 drop-off sites by over 300 members.

Corbin Hill Food Project is a mixed model nonprofit / social enterprise that works to supply fresh, local food to those that need it most through its Farm Share and institutional programs. Farm Share currently serves more than 600 people at 21 sites throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens. Institutionally, they supply fresh food to organizations that do food service and distribute bags of fresh produce in vulnerable communities.  Recognizing a gap in infrastructure to support low-income communities, Corbin Hill works with supply chain partners to leverage existing food system infrastructure to achieve equitable outcomes and increase access.

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