ClintonGreene Food Justice Project

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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.

You can also reach us at info@onecommunitynyc.org, by calling 657-218-2641 or by completing the online form on Let's Connect.

Join Us in the Work

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The Big Picture

One Community and partners are working to create a sustainable food security program in pursuit of the goals of eliminating food insecurity in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill and improving the purchasing power of local low-income residents. Our three pantries are staffed by multilingual volunteers and employees from the public housing developments we serve. 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 provides a substantial amount of varied, nutritious, and appealing food every week. By mid-2022, we were serving over 800 families per week. 
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The Origin Story

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Reacting to the pandemic, we organized a coalition of over 30 organizations 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 increased from 209 in late March 2020 to 1,700. .  

 

While assuring that the most vulnerable had access to food during the pandemic, the delivery program did not directly address the background food insecurity among public housing residents served nor the community at large. Some of the issues lacking in the delivery program that were resolved in the pivot to a sustainable food security program. It allowed us to:

 

  • Offer choice instead of pre-packaged allocations of food.

  • Offer refrigerated and frozen foods, creating the ability for patrons to have dairy, meat, chicken, fish and frozen fruits and vegetables.

  • Offer a wider mix of produce including fragile ones like lettuce, tomatoes, and summer fruits.

  • Meet our patrons across a table for feedback and exchanges of information. 

Fresh Pantries' 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 expenditures

  • 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 the reach of the program

  • Recruit volunteers from the neighborhood who speak locally spoken languages

  • Incorporate local recipients to the development and operations of the program