GrowNYC: Fighting Hunger and Protecting the Environment
Hi gang. I'm on the board here and the team is doing incredible work to help bring free food to NYers in need -in addition to the extradordinary work they do on a day to day basis. Lend a hand, if you're so inspired. - Nick.
Since the coronavirus pandemic hit New York City, GrowNYC has responded swiftly to the needs of our communities across the five boroughs.
We reconfigured our 80+ food access sites to keep them open and safe.
Working with the City and community partners, we launched a free Emergency Food Box program for low income, undocumented, unemployed, or otherwise struggling New Yorkers who need food for their families. Boxes are farm fresh, nutrient dense, and delicious.
This program also helps regional farmers who have lost their restaurant client base. Getting their produce to hungry New Yorkers instead of it rotting in the fields, is just common sense.
Please make a gift to support regional farmers and hungry New Yorkers.
Bank of America is providing a guaranteed match of $250,000 to help fund emergency food boxes and other desperately needed meals. That means your gift today can provide 2x as many meals!
GrowNYC has been hit hard by this unprecedented public health crisis.
Although we have managed to keep most of our programs running, the financial future for GrowNYC is extremely uncertain.
In response to the global pandemic New York City had to divert all necessary resources to aid in the relief efforts, leading to budget cuts to maintain emergency and core municipal services.
Included in these budget cuts were all of GrowNYC’s recycling related education programs, including Recycling Champions, Zero Waste and Food Scrap Collection. All these programs were fully funded by the city and we had no choice but to discontinue this work for the foreseeable future.
Our commitment to keeping our food access sites open and safe for the hundreds of thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers and our farmers means increased staff costs to maintain social distancing and providing hazard pay for our essential workers.
Most of our education work has shifted to our online Distance Learning platform for community gardeners, and we continue to support them as they prepare for the growing season. In addition to creating oases of natural beauty, we know that hundreds of families rely upon produce from their gardens to supplement limited food budgets.
GrowNYC has been around for the last 50 years, and with your support, we will continue to be a resource for all New Yorkers who want to improve quality of life and protect the environment in our city.
Thank you for your support.