Program: Healthy Food & Community Change
Area of Work: Health
Grant Purpose: Communities for Healthy Food
The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is a national nonprofit that equips under-invested communities with the capital, strategy, and know-how to become places where low- and moderate-income Americans can thrive. LISC NYC supports local partners whose services and programs aim to create a more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable New York City. LISC NYC believes that the time has come to forge a future for New York City that eradicates the racial wealth gap for good, protects quality affordable housing, and builds pathways of meaningful economic opportunity for all.
Purpose: To create Communities for Healthy Food in partnership with community development organizations in five targeted neighborhoods.
In 2013, LMTIF launched a five-year partnership with LISC NYC to create Communities for Healthy Food NYC, a new program to expand access to affordable, healthy food in high-poverty neighborhoods that suffer from the interconnected problems of diet-related disease, poverty, and hunger afflicting low-income households.
The initiative was designed to embed strategies for healthy food into all aspects of the work of five nonprofit community development corporations (CDCs). These CDCs focus on comprehensive community change by building affordable housing, spurring economic development, and providing educational and social services in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan.
The program partners reached more than 173,000 community residents with affordable healthy food access options, developed client-choice pantries and community food hubs, hosted resident-led workshops, provided job training and income-generating opportunities, and offered food justice education and community organizing for teens. In addition, LISC NYC developed the Communities for Healthy Food Toolkit: A Practical Guide for Integrating Healthy Food Access and Social Justice into Community Development, a resource that is being disseminated to organizations around the country. The toolkit presents a flexible and comprehensive approach to planning, designing, and implementing a portfolio of programs to ensure low-income communities and communities of color have access to healthier food options, a voice in the healthy food movement, and opportunities for economic mobility.