ClintonGreene Food Justice Project
Get Your Family Groceries With Us
The Fort Greene Fresh Pantries are open to all residents of zip codes 11201, 11205, 11217, and 11238 who need assistance getting enough food for their families
To register, just stop by any location listed below for the first time and let staff know it's your first time so you can complete registration
If you cannot join us on Saturday, the Fort Greene Community Fridge is open 24 hours a day in front of Farmer in the Deli at 357 Myrtle Ave near the corner of Adelphi St
Fresh Pantry Locations
The Ingersoll Fresh Pantry is run at the Ingersoll Community Center weekly on Saturdays from 11 AM -
1 PM. The location is 177 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
The Farragut Pantry is run at the Church of the Open Doors weekly on Saturdays from 10:30 AM –
12:30 PM. The location is 201 Gold St, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
In preparation for each Saturday distribution, the packing team works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard every Friday from 12-3 PM and Saturday from 8-11AM. Shifts are available here or at the Saturday distribution sites at Farragut and Ingersoll.
Interested to volunteer with us? We need your help! Sign up directly here: https://bit.ly/joinfreshpantry.
You will be provided further instructions the day before your chosen shift.
Join Us in the Work
The Big Picture
One Community and partners are working to create a sustainable food insecurity program in pursuit of the goals of eliminating food insecurity in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, improving the purchasing power of local low-income residents, and integrating community members to assure sustainability and promote authentic agency for those served. The target public housing developments house 6,000 families and 14,000 residents in total. We estimate that 2,000 households and 4,200 residents at minimum should receive food in order to address food insecurity more broadly in the community. To substantially impact a family budget, the program most provide a substantial amount of varied, nutritious, and appealing food in all nutritional categories and other household products common at groceries stores. To integrate local community members, we need to create a staffing system of dozens of weekly volunteers and workers that is diverse, multilingual, and representative of the community served. Learn more about the our first steps below, and stay connected with One Community to see this program grow.
Reacting to the pandemic, a coalition of over 30 organizations forged a system to deliver groceries to vulnerable people who should not go out and who did not have other ways to receive food safely. Each weekend over 70 volunteers packed and delivered food to households in four public housing developments and other low-income housing with vulnerable individuals in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. The number served has increased from 209 in late March to 1,200 weekly by July 2021.
While assuring that the most vulnerable have access to food during the pandemic, the delivery program did not directly address the background food insecurity among public housing residents served nor the greater need during and after the pandemic among the community at large. Some of the issues lacking in the delivery program that will be resolved in the transition to a sustainable food insecurity program include:
Delivery recipients only received food twice monthly. Moving to weekly makes food available when recipients are in need and able to pick it up.
Delivery recipients only received a standard food bag without variation for differences in household size or makeup. Moving to pick up allows recipients to take more or less as needed for their family.
Delivery recipients often did not receive certain quality products, such as fresh meat or dairy. Focusing on food insecurity rather than emergency supply will expand the variety of food available.
Delivery recipients often had to wait up to 4 hours to receive food on a delivery day. Moving to pick up allows recipients to more swiftly receive food when they are ready.
Delivery recipients often experienced that their bagged food was damaged in the process of moving through multiple parts of the delivery team. Moving to pick up allows food to be delivered directly from the warehouse to recipients with fewer points for potential damage.
New Program Goals
Eliminate Food Insecurity
provide a predictable, ample, nutritious, and appealing assortment of food
Predictable: a stable source of accessible food on at least a weekly basis
Ample: provide at least 3 meals per day for three days a week for each family member
Nutritious: meet the Department of Agriculture nutrition standards for these meals
Appealing: meet the needs and desires of recipients regarding quality and variety
Improve Purchasing Power
extend the monthly food budgets of low income neighbors and enable them to better plan monthly food shopping and other needs
Lessen the need of regular grocery trips for recipients to purchase food
Integrate the use of SNAP and other programs to provide savings
Expand the selection to household goods and other grocery store items
Make it Local
integrate hyper-local leaders, neighbors, and users into the operation of the program to assure sustainability and maximize impact
Encourage local businesses to provide resources to meet the needs of local recipients
Partner with local institutions to expand opportunities of the program
Recruit volunteers from the neighborhood and who speak locally spoken languages
Incorporate local recipients to the development and operations of the program