Food Access Initiatives

Food Access in Farmers Markets

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Fresh Pantry

Each week, farmers from 35 Greenmarkets throughout NYCdonate their fresh fruits and vegetables to either City Harvest or directly to local food pantries, homeless facilities, soup kitchens, drug rehabilitation centers, transitional living residences, and senior centers. By connecting regional farmers with in-need New Yorkers, Greenmarket, the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, and City Harvest are helping to address hunger and build community around healthy, local foods.

Fresh Bodegas

GrowNYC and Red Jacket Orchards have joined forces to create Fresh Bodegas, making regular deliveries of Greenmarket produce and products from Red Jackets farm in the Finger Lakes region of New York to stores in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, an area of the city with particularly limited access to fresh produce. Fresh Bodegas is working to provide New York City residents with access to affordably priced, locally grown produce at the stores where they already shop.

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  • Greenmarket

    Our network of farmers markets, Youthmarkets, Fresh Food Box pick-ups, and Greenmarket Co. ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

  • Recycle

    We blanket the five boroughs with resources like textile and food scrap collection, Stop 'N' Swaps, and free training to make waste reduction easy for all.

  • Garden

    We build and support community and school gardens through tool loans, volunteer days, technical assistance, training, school garden grants and more.

  • Educate

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 60,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.