What do the Community Center of Immigrants in Washington Heights, Green Ramadan NYC, Crown Heights/Prospect Heights Food Allies, the 462 Halsey Community Garden in Bed-Stuy, St. Nicholas Miracle Garden in Central Harlem, and the Urban Rebuilding Initiative in Mott Haven in the Bronx have in common? They’re all neighborhood-based grassroots efforts to promote access to healthy food, and they’re all among seventeen grassroots community groups awarded grants this month through Change by Us NYC.
Change by Us NYC, a program of the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, is New York City’s online platform for residents to develop volunteer-driven initiatives in their neighborhoods. A component of Change by Us is a mini-grants program to support these initiatives. This year’s round, which was administered by the Citizens Committee for New York City, was designed to support community projects Involving healthy food access and awareness, food security and food system sustainability and infrastructure.
This year’s grant winners represent a diverse range of neighborhoods and approaches to building a healthier city, from community gardens to nutrition workshops. Read about the projects here.
Announcing this year’s recipients, Nazli Parvizi, Commissioner for the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, said “the projects selected this year hold great promise to increase access to healthy food and improve the quality of life in communities throughout the five boroughs.”
But Change by Us is more than a grants program – it’s an innovative community collaboration platform where New Yorkers can create opportunities to meet and work with other individuals and organizations, as well as City agencies, to achieve their goals. New Yorkers can share ideas, create or join projects, and build volunteer teams with from the neighborhood or across the City.
Visit Change by Us NYC to find out about projects or post your own ideas!