The New Settlement Community Food Pantry is an essential resource for food access in the South Bronx that aims to support and empower individuals and families in the ongoing fight against food insecurity. The Bronx is not only home to one of the many food deserts around the country, but it also has one of the highest rates of food insecurity nationwide. Over 230,000 community members, many of which come from minority backgrounds, lack access to nutritious and affordable food in their neighborhoods. The barriers that exist between our service demographic and affordable, healthy food, impact more than a family’s ability to eat. Individuals with prolonged food insecurity run a higher risk of developing poor health and chronic diseases like diabetes, CVD, and obesity due to high stress and an unhealthy imbalanced diet. Our pantry aims to be an ally in fighting hunger and preventable chronic diseases by providing the community with a safe and easily accessible place where a person can access free nutritious food and obtain information on how to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle
Please reach out to our coordinator if you have any questions about donating. Her email is [email protected]
ProducePedia is a free resource that covers the types of fresh produce that can be delivered to food pantries. Each entry includes information on color, taste, and possible uses. People unfamiliar with the vegetable or fruit will learn how to use it, and those who are familiar with it still might learn a fun fact or two!
The Cooperative Extension sites have a wealth of information for any backyard gardener. Once you go to the site (each one if very different from the others) look for a link for “homes and gardens”, “landscape”, “consumer horticulture”, etc. to find information on improving your backyard garden. Neighboring state sites may offer information your own state’s site lacks.