Food Access For the Love of New York

December 19, 2022
Posted in GrowNYC

Our food system is broken.

1.4 million New Yorkers are food insecure - a number that will only continue to increase as the effects of climate change destroy crops and farmland in the Northeast.

We lose a farm every 3 days to real estate development and in the consolidated industrial agriculture system.

96% of all food entering New York City is through wholesale channels, much of it from far-flung parts of the globe, adding an enormous carbon footprint to what we eat.

GrowNYC’s New York State Regional Food Hub (The Hub) aims to change all this.

Opening in 2023, The Hub will connect local small and mid-sized farms with New York City schools, hospitals, and nonprofits, ensuring that all New Yorkers have access to fresh produce, while supporting regional agriculture.

We are creating a national model for building regional food systems that keep agriculture thriving while treating all stakeholders with dignity.

The Hub will enable GrowNYC to:

  • Increase our impact by distributing 20 million pounds of fresh produce within the next five years
  • Increase the number of Farmstands and Fresh Food Box sites making fresh produce accessible for all New Yorkers.
  • Expand our current support of community-based organizations like food pantries and other nonprofits distributing food in the communities that need it most.

Your support is crucial in challenging the status quo. Thank you for sharing our vision of building a more equitable and sustainable food system throughout the New York City region.


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