Council on the Environment, Inc., dba GrowNYC
Building Healthy Communities
March 2016–April 2018
GrowNYC is home to the Greenmarket farmers market program, made up of more than 50 farmers markets spanning the five boroughs of New York City.
For more than 40 years, GrowNYC has been an innovator in making healthy, local foods available to more New Yorkers—it was the first in the nation to integrate the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) into its farmers market program. Greenmarket Co., another innovation, is GrowNYC’s food hub and distribution program. It is a major food source to a diverse array of sites around the City, including community-based organizations working in NYSHealth Healthy Neighborhoods Fund communities. Greenmarket Co. creates a place for local farmers to sell their products while increasing access to fresh, local foods to underserved communities. Businesses and community-based organizations are increasingly eager to source more local food through Greenmarket Co. In response, Greenmarket Co. has increased its annual food distribution and operations, but more staff members were needed to keep up with growth.
In 2016, NYSHealth awarded GrowNYC a grant to support additional staff members to meet demand, as well as to ramp up capacity in anticipation of a new Greenmarket Regional Food Hub in the South Bronx.