Friday, November 21, 2008

Keeping the Green Going for City Food Pantries

A new partnership between NYCCAH and City Greenmarkets is ensuring that fresh bread and produce sold at the Carroll Gardens Greenmarket makes it to the tables of those who need it most. Surplus food from the Sunday Greenmarket will be donated to the Hanson Place Campaign Against Hunger, a client-choice food pantry in Fort Greene throughout the 2008 and 2009 market season.

Hanson Place serves over 135,000 meals a year and has seen demand rise amid an increasingly uncertain economy. Like many food pantries across the City, Hanson place has had trouble sourcing fresh produce to pantry clients. “This donation of fresh produce will help serve the children, seniors and families who rely on our food pantry,” said Hanson Place director Tamar Auber.

It’s a plan that both helps hungry New Yorkers and cuts down on waste, says Councilman Bill de Blasio. Said de Blasio, “Wholesome produce should not be a luxury item, and commonsense partnerships like this one can help to increase availability of such healthy foods for low-income New Yorkers.”

NYCCAH and Greenmarkets plan to reproduce the donation model at Greenmarkets and emergency food programs across the City.

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