A Day to Celebrate Food & Family in Bed-Stuy

September 28, 2012


Things are getting pretty pricey in Brooklyn. From rising rent to restaurant bills, we all feel the pinch. The cost of living is going up across all of our great and varied communities, without any sign of stopping (if luxury high-rise construction and $8 mayonnaise are indicators).
No neighborhood is feeling it more than Bed-Stuy. Trendy new eateries and shops are opening up, and many developers are seeing dollar signs. Today, 32% of Bed-Stuy residents spend more than half of their income on housing. It’s becoming more and more expensive to call Bed-Stuy home, yet 48% of its children under age 18 are living in poverty.
At the end of the day, for many Bed-Stuy families, it seems like there’s little left to go toward putting healthy meals on the table.

Which is why, for the second consecutive year, we’re partnering with the Coalition for the Improvement of Bed-Stuy to present the Bedford Stuyvesant Food and Family Day, on Saturday, October 13th from 10am to 2pm at Restoration Plaza on Fulton Street.

Head here for the full schedule of events and presenters
Watch and share the Food and Family Day PSA video

Dozens of local food and health-focused organizations, advocates, educators, and businesses are coming together to present this day of free workshops, cooking demos, farmers market and green grocer tours, and family-friendly festivities.

Together, we’re highlighting the many affordable Bed-Stuy-based resources available to residents, and how we all can provide healthy, complete meals for our families on a budget—as well as become growers of our own fruits and vegetables.

Plus, we’re serving up a delicious and nutritious free lunch (with recipes)!

We’ll also be recognizing local food heroes—including youth and nonprofit organizations—who you can nominate here.

Most importantly, Food and Family Day is a space for neighbors to talk about local issues and the changes the community as a whole can implement toward addressing hunger and health challenges.

Interested in volunteering at Food and Family Day? Email CIBS Program Manager Aysu Kirac at akirac.cibs@gmail.com with your availability and interest area.

Whether or not you’re a Bed-Stuy resident, this is a day you won’t want to miss!

What's "Good" in Brooklyn

Here are a few highlights of news and events we’ve shared with our followers this week. Don’t miss a thing! Like us at Facebook.com/DoGoodBklyn and follow us at Twitter.com/DoGoodBklyn.

CrossFit Fundraiser 
Members of CrossFit South Brooklyn are "muscling" their friends and family into donating to the annual Fight Gone Bad, to make our communities stronger and tackle our borough's biggest challenges. So far they've raised over $5,000! Follow their efforts here.

Win Tickets to See Barbra in Brooklyn
Stop by our table at this Sunday’s Atlantic Antic to enter to win two VIP tickets to see Barbra Streisand perform her first-ever Brooklyn concert on Thursday, October 11th at Barclays Center. We’ll be out from noon to 6pm on the north side of Atlantic Avenue between Henry and Clinton Streets.

Brooklyn Children’s Resource Fair at BPL
Head to the Central Library’s Plaza this Saturday, September 29th from 10am to 3pm for a range of health, education and recreation resources for families and service providers of children with disabilities. Special activities for children include a performance by the Identity Theater Company!