Provide Fresh Food for Brownsville/East NY - Fund local!
Why has the City Council not given any money to community-based organizations providing fresh food to central Brooklyn? Brownsville, East New York and Central Brooklyn need more access to affordable, fresh fruits and vegetables and education on how to cook and prepare it. Central Brooklyn is one of three zones in New York City with the HIGHEST rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. In fact, Brownsville has the highest premature death rate - folks dying too young - from preventable diseases in the city. Nationally, people of color who live in high-need communities die at twice the rate from preventable diseases than those in affluent neighborhoods. Central Brooklyn needs productive, skills-building, educational and enrichment and healthy opportunities for youth and or schools. We need opportunities to build capacity for the community to create their own healthy environments. That means supporting local community-based organizations. We are the Brownsville/East New York Food Advisory Council! We are calling on the Mayor, the City Council and Gov. Cuomo to support Seeds in the Middle’s application for $200,000 for a project by the Brownsville/East New York Food Advisory Council to deliver fresh food boxes to any place of worship, school, WIC center, hospital, health clinic or any community-gathering place, train youth to be food ambassadors and create Hip2B Healthy Schools, where the community can buy affordable fresh produce. In the preliminary City Council budget, there is NO funding for this initiative. It calls for funding for Brownville-based Isabahlia Farms - run by Brenda Duchene - to train TEN (10) youth ambassadors (who will be paid) to become Food Ambassadors - providing fresh food locations or farmstands, nutrition education and more. Vastly expanded affordable fresh food access through inexpensive food bag drop-offs and youth-run farmstands, using locally grown produce in the neighborhood first Seeds in the Middle to create and empower Hip2B Healthy Schools, where students learn to grow fresh food, create school-run markets and cook fresh and affordably with professional chefs, even a soccer program. Other local partners to train youth and offer youth, families and seniors healthy options We consider it unjust and discriminatory to give money to outside organizations, which over the past 10 years, repeatedly receive funding BUT have NOT changed health disparities. In fact, the rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease in Brownsville and east New York have only gotten worse over the past 10 years. It is time for change! We call upon local elected officials to fund our proposal - which each of them has received! This plan gives every resident - no matter where he or she lives - equal access to fresh food and a healthy life. This proposal funds locally based organizations - local people building their own community, by the people for the people. Change the budget now and support us - the local residents of central Brooklyn! Signed: The Brownsville-East NY Food Advisory Council