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October 7, 2011




Mapping Brooklyn's Food Supply and Demand

Last Saturday’s first-ever “Bedford Stuyvesant Food and Family Day” was a huge success, drawing in nearly 300 area residents to talk about food challenges, healthy and affordable local providers, and changes the neighborhood as a whole can implement toward becoming greener and leaner.  

The event is a great model for how community residents, nonprofits, and government leaders can come together to take on key issues. But in order to arm ourselves for a fight as great as hunger, we need to know the facts, stats, and resources.

WebVersion_FoodAtlas-1_2That’s why we’ve funded the New York City Coalition Against Hunger’s new
Brooklyn Food Atlas, which maps out the locations of farmers markets, green carts, and food pantries, as well as the daunting unmet needs across our borough.

From the report:
  • 1 in 5 Brooklynites suffers from hunger or lives at the brink of hunger, unable to afford enough food at some point during the year.
  • These 460,000+ Brooklynites rely on just 340 food pantries and soup kitchens, of which, last year 91% faced an increased demand for food and 40 percent were forced to reduce portion size, reduce hours of operation, and/or turn people away because they couldn’t meet demand.
  • 685,000+ Brooklynites, about half of whom are children, receive food stamp benefits—far more than in any other borough. Brooklyn is second only to Manhattan in unequal distribution of wealth among the five boroughs.

The Brooklyn Food Atlas (download it here) isn’t just an informational tool—it’s also a challenge to you and all Brooklynites to be part of a solution to the hunger crisis.

You can do this through volunteer service at Brooklyn food pantries and soup kitchens, helping at your neighborhood community farm, and supporting our Green Communities and Caring Neighbors funds (through which we provide aid to 50+ nonprofits each year).   

Keep the Conversation Going: Join us on at Smorgasburg on Saturday, October 22nd from 10-4pm, to view the Brooklyn Food Atlas and learn more about the many ways you can make a difference.

What's Happening Across Brooklyn
Here are a few highlights of news and events we’ve shared with our followers this week.
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Greenest Block in Brooklyn Awards at Borough Hall
Congrats to the winners, including the 300 East 25th Street Block Association, the Mid-Atlantic Block Association, 8th Street Block Association, and Habana Outpost! We are longtime sponsors of the event, and are currently supporting the Brooklyn Botantic Garden's Greenbridge program with a $1.5 million grant.

Restoration Rocks! this Saturday
Free live performances by Brooklyn's own Talib Kweli, Mos Def, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic will kick-off Bed Stuy Alive! Week at Restoration Plaza. This year's theme is "Live Healthy, Live Well, Live Green."

"Peace Unveiled" Screening this Monday at YWCA Brooklyn
First, see the premiere of "Peace Unveiled," part of PBS' five-part series exploring women's strategic role in conflict and peacebuilding. Then, participate in a talk back moderated by Pulitzer Prize winner and co-author of Half the Sky, Sheryl WuDunn, featuring the series' producers Abigail E. Disney and Gini Reticker, Senior Policy Advisor for the U.N. High Commission for Refugees, Grianne O'Hara and Executive Director of Women for Afghan Women, Manizha Naderi.

BAM Professional Development Program
Through our Arts for All Fund, we're supporting BAM's 14-month professional development program at the new Richard B. Fisher Building. The partnership of BAM and the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center will provide professional development training and discounted theater and rehearsal studio rental to an annual selection of qualifying Brooklyn non-profit arts organizations. Applications for the first class are due December 15th!