Nutrition and Food Access Program
Participants of KHCC's Nutrition and Food Access Program see the seed to plate process in all of its stages and have a healthy green environment to escape the demands of city life. This is having a positive impact in our community to help families impacted by hunger and malnutrition, and by combating high rates of food related health disparities such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. We are also providing an alternative source of fresh produce for our community, many of whom live on low-incomes and often struggle to afford fresh fruits and vegetables.
KHCC's Nutrition and Food Access Program includes:
- Nutrition Education Program which includes teen chef battles, youth and parent cooking classes, and community events like our harvest festival.
- Food Pantry that distributes up to 2,700 pounds of donated food annually to low-income families and children who attend our programs.
- SNAP Enrollment Service to help families in the Kingsbridge Heights Community enroll in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
- Feeding Program where approximately 400 low-income children and youth receive freshly prepared, healthy meals in our early childhood and after school programs on a daily basis.
- Community Garden where over 120 pounds of food procured annually is used to support nutrition education programs and to supplement our community feeding program. Over 170 participants in KHCC programs, groups from local schools, colleges, and organizations spend time in our community garden each week. Residents of the Kingsbridge Heights Community are strongly encouraged to register for their own personal garden plot.
- Growing Futures Summer Youth Internship where interns learn about and experience the food systems process by growing, maintaining, and harvesting produce from five community gardens in the Northwest Bronx. Participants develop skills such as problem solving, teamwork and time management, while also providing an in-depth knowledge of food security, sustainability, horticulture, and community development. Careers in horticulture and the food-tech industry are explored, and the experience enhances participants' resumes and/or college applications.
During the Covid-19 crisis, we are bringing garden education online! Families have the opportunity to learn about cultivation through the Cultivation Corner, a series created by our Horticultural Therapist & Garden Program Coordinator Gerry Sherman.
For more information, email our Horticultural Therapist & Garden Program Coordinator, Gerry Sherman, at firstname.lastname@example.org or our Director of Development, William Littleton, at email@example.com