Case Study: Community Food Action at New Settlement Apartments
This 4-pager highlights different areas of our program’s work, including Advocacy and Community Building, Healthy Food Access, Culinary and Nutrition Knowledge Sharing, Urban Farming and Gardening, and School Programs. Program participants, program staff, and partners share impacts of the program and best practices that we have developed in the course of our work.
The creation of this case study was coordinated by LISC NYC with support from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.
Communities For Healthy Food: The Toolkit
LISC NYC launched the Communities for Healthy Food initiative in 2014 with the support of The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and in partnership with five community organizations, including New Settlement Apartments. This toolkit provides an in-depth look at the Communities for Healthy Food program, and offers practical advice for community organizations, funders, and evaluators interested in leading and supporting initiatives to improve access to healthy food in low income communities.
The creation of this toolkit was coordinated by LISC NYC with support from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.
An Evaluation of Communities for Healthy Food NYC
This report summarizes the evaluation of the Communities for Healthy Food NYC initiative by the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute. The evaluation measured changes at four levels: changes in individual and household food-related beliefs and practices among residents in the communities served by the CDCs; organizational changes within each CDC; changes in food environments in the communities surrounding each CDC site; and changes in the partnerships between the CDCs and other organizations that participated in CfHF. It assessed changes across all four original CDC sites (including New Settlement Apartments), and at two key points in time: at the beginning of the CfHF project, in 2013-14, and three years later, in 2016-17.
What’s On Your Plate?
In the spring of 2017, Community Food Action and the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) collaborated with Teaching Artist Elma Relihan and public high school students from the Comprehensive Model School Project (CMSP 327) to get the scoop on the Alternative School Food Menu. Students got out of the classroom and into the cafeteria, surveying community members and interviewing key decision makers with questions like “who decides what food is on the cafeteria menu?”, “Are school food resources being equitably implemented across NYC schools?” and “How can students and families influence the food choices at school?” Students created What’s On Your Plate? as a guide to school menu choices and how communities can get involved in shaping the food served at public schools.
Major support for this program was provided by The Levitt Foundation. Additional support to CUP was provided by the Bay and Paul Foundations, the New York Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Quest for Justice Zine
Community Food Action partnered with New Settlement’s Bronx Helpers to create the Youth Advocates for Nutrition Access (YANA) project. The youth advocates understood that educating themselves about food justice was essential to begin advocating for equal access to good food in their community. After months of learning, the youth created a zine (a self-published, small circulation magazine that addresses topics in alternative ways to mainstream media) to express what they feel the world needs to know, while celebrating the brilliance each YANA member encompasses.
The zine is available in two versions: a web friendly version, and a print version that can be printed, folded, and shared!
Major support for this program was provided by The Levitt Foundation.
Food & Community Map
This guide is made for the people of our neighborhood as a way to share the rich resources we can take advantage of to lead healthier lives. Being well isn’t just about sticking to a diet or taking medication. Being well means what, where and how you eat and when you are active. This map is an overview of the wonderful and unique resources available in our neighborhood that can support the whole health of you and your family.
The project was coordinated by LISC NYC and funded by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.