Growing a New York City Food Hub
Building Healthy Communities
March 28, 2016
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GrowNYC is home to the Greenmarket farmers market program, which consists of more than 50 farmers markets spanning the five boroughs of New York City. Greenmarket Co., a food hub and distribution program operated by GrowNYC, is a major food source to a diverse array of sites around the City, including at NYSHealth Healthy Neighborhoods Fund sites.
Greenmarket Co. creates a place for local farmers to sell their products while increasing access to fresh, local foods to underserved communities. Now in its fourth year of operation, Greenmarket Co. has considerably increased its annual food distribution and operations, but more staff members are needed to keep up with growth. It is working with City and State stakeholders to create a Greenmarket Regional Food Hub in the South Bronx, which would significantly improve access to fresh, healthy food for an estimated 350,000 New Yorkers in the area. In 2016, NYSHealth awarded a grant to GrowNYC in support of additional staff over the next two years as the regional food hub is established.
Under this grant, GrowNYC hired three new staff members, allowing Greenmarket Co. to spend more time building relationships with community partners, City agencies, and farmers. With increased staff, GrowNYC expanded its reach and increased sales, which resulted in the organization being able to fully cover the additional staff members at the end of the grant period. NYSHealth support also allowed GrowNYC to provide food to an additional 150 Healthy Neighborhoods Fund sites in New York City.