Community Food


Creating places where we all have access to good food. An estimated 750,000 New York City residents live in “food deserts” – meaning neighborhoods that lack convenient access to affordable and healthy food.

What we’re doing
The NYC Food & Fitness Partnership is committed to increasing access to healthy food in our communities. Our goals in this area include:

  • Improving safety in areas surrounding healthy retail markets.
  • Increasing regional food in retail markets.
  • Protecting and increasing appreciation for community and urban farms.
  • Increasing number of healthy retail outlets in high need areas.

For example, our partners have worked to bring a new farmers market to the Bedford Stuyvesant community in Brooklyn. Along the way, they changed policy at the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and created a model that will be replicated at 17 gardens throughout New York City. Read more and view a video here.

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