Building Healthy Communities

Project Title

Planning for Farragut Food Club 2.0

Grant Amount

$19,961

Priority Area

Building Healthy Communities

Date Awarded

August 12, 2020

Region

NYC

Status

In Progress

Website

https://myrtleavenue.org/

Through its Healthy Neighborhoods Fund initiative, NYSHealth is supporting six communities across New York State to become healthier, more active places.

Although all the communities are working toward the common goal of improving the health of their residents, each community may face particular challenges. By offering responsive and time-sensitive technical assistance funding to grantees and their partners, NYSHealth can help them meet their goals. In 2020, NYSHealth awarded the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn District Management Association a grant to help address the evolving nutritional needs of public housing residents.

Under this grant, the Association will support the Farragut Food Club in expanding its work to build food security and community power for public housing residents. A new project manager will create and lead programming with public housing communities in Brooklyn, including outreach and education about online Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) availability and free food relief coordination during the COVID-19 pandemic. Local and regional food suppliers will also be engaged to increase and diversify residents’ access to free and SNAP-eligible food sources. Additionally, the Farragut Food Club will document the experience of residents and share best practices with other interested communities in New York State.