Brownsville Fresh Food Box Delivery
December 8, 2020
The global coronavirus has brought uncertainty and anxiety into people’s lives, workplaces, and neighborhoods, particularly for those who work to improve the health of our communities.
During this difficult time, many organizations across New York State are working tirelessly to keep people safe, especially the most vulnerable. In response, NYSHealth is supporting statewide and local efforts to address emerging health care and public health needs in the wake of the pandemic. In 2020, NYSHealth awarded Teens for Food Justice (TFFJ) a grant to distribute fresh food to food-insecure residents of the Brownsville community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under this grant, TFFJ will partner with community kitchens to provide fresh, nutritious food to Brownsville residents on a regular basis. Boxes of fresh produce and other healthy groceries will be organized each week for distribution. Residents will be able to purchase the fresh food boxes using their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and prepare healthy meals at home. A delivery option will be offered to seniors and other vulnerable residents unable to pick up food boxes in person. TFFJ will also coordinate SNAP outreach and registration activities to help ensure more residents have access to affordable, nutritious food.