About the event
CLOSING THE HUNGER GAP WITH URBAN FARMING
Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger (BSCAH) was founded in 1998 with the mission to empower our neighbors to lead healthier, more productive and self-sufficient lives by increasing their access to nutritious food and related resources. We work to prevent hunger and poverty in our community and to ensure that our neighbors emerge with a strong sense of dignity. Our commitment to ending hunger and poverty continues to drive our innovation and program growth to better serve our community with care and compassion. As the first supermarket-style emergency feeding program in Brooklyn, we have served as a model to other traditional pantries who have now converted their pantries to follow our client-choice model. We were also the first pantry to institute its own urban farm to supplement the pantry provision, and have since assisted and motivated others to do likewise. All of our efforts converge around assisting families, closing the hunger gap and preparing families to become independent.
Why should you sponsor?
More than 80% of the families who come to us receive income assistance and entitlements; they are unlikely
to be able to buy food other than the cheapest, most readily available food – which is not supportive to healthy nutrition and promotes legacies of nutrition insecurity. The immediate result is that most children, which constitute 37% of our clientele, are being robbed of the joy of eating fresh produce and the important benefits they provide, and ultimately view these foods
as foreign. More than 80% of the youth in our programs do not have a favorite vegetable and cannot identify
more than five to seven varieties of produce. Empowering youth to take action to change this paradigm for themselves, their families and their neighbors by developing a critical analysis of agriculture, food justice, health and nutrition is a key part of the programming of BSCAH’s
Urban Agro-Educational and Youth Development programs.
My name is Liz Schalet, I am the Development Director of Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, a nonprofit with the mission to empower ourlow-income neighbors to lead healthier, more productive and self-sufficient lives by increasing their access to nutritious food and related resources. I am an accomplished attorney with 30 years of experience who has transitioned to the fundraising field to assist community organizations and local initiatives.
Contact the Organizer
Contact the Organizer