The Campaign Against Hunger
Program: Healthy Food & Community Change
Area of Work: Health
Grant Purpose: Urban Fresh Connection
The Campaign Against Hunger (TCAH) is one of the largest and most robust anti-hunger advocates in New York City. Anchored in Central Brooklyn, TCAH advances equity for communities that are underserved and marginalized by providing access to food with dignity, social services, urban farming, youth workforce training, and nutrition education to stir community activism and engagement to alleviate poverty.
Started by Dr. Melony Samuels as a small pantry operating out of a church basement, TCAH has become a food security leader for hundreds of thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers. TCAH whose work and advocacy are centered on food justice, adopts a dignity-driven approach to tackling hunger and poverty through its SuperPantry, nutrition education classes, cooking demonstrations, SNAP registration, health insurance enrollment, and tax filing preparation services. The organization has developed food programs in Far Rockaway and other targeted neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.
Purpose: To support the start-up of Urban Fresh Connect.
The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund was the first private foundation to invest in TCAH’s Urban Fresh Connect initiative, a mobile RV pantry equipped with a mobile classroom, benefits access staff, and fresh, local produce sold at 50% below market value to communities where access is limited. Weekly, the mobile pantry delivers healthy fruits and vegetables, nutrition education, and cooking demonstrations to low-income families living in Central Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, and the South Bronx. The mobile RV is bringing equitable access to nutritious food to geographically isolated community members and those who face socioeconomic barriers to TCAH’s services. It is spreading the message of healthy eating to improve the health outcomes of at-risk communities.