Brownsville college students are calling for funding for wholesome consuming

On Tuesday, fourth and fifth grade students from Brownsville and Ocean gathered outside City Hall urging leaders to fund more healthy food options in underserved neighborhoods of Brooklyn.

Supported by teachers and the nonprofit Seeds in the Middle for Food Justice, the students marched from Borough Hall across Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall with letters they had written to local leaders, gave speeches and petitioned Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city council are calling for $ 150,000 in funding for eight to ten farm stalls across Brooklyn.

PS 178 student Anaya Jackson said she worked on her school’s farm stand with her classmates and they had come together to make sure the stand could stay open.

“We would really like to keep our farm stall open, but we may not be able to stay open long due to a lack of funds,” she said.

“One reason we have to keep the farm open is so that we can help the homeless. Homeless people can come and get healthy food from the farmers market. Another reason for this is that the people in our community need to stay healthy. “

Anaya Jackson works on the farm stall at her school. Photo: Delivered.

Jackson said keeping their school booth open and opening new booths in the community was important as the booths taught students how to work together to grow their own food and helped with math and ELA.

She called on Councilor Alicka Ampry-Samuel to support the funding, saying, “Farm markets are a huge contributor to efforts to build a healthy community.”

Seeds in the Middle founder Nancie Katz said the requested $ 150,000 would be used for school-run farm stalls, edible gardens and fresh coupons “so everyone has an equal chance to be healthy.”

Brooklyn students urge local leaders to fund healthy food options. Photo: Delivered.

“We all know that colored communities have been devastated by COVID-19 and are dying disproportionately from being plagued by preventable diseases such as diabetes and heart disease – caused by junk and processed food dumped in their communities,” Seeds in the said Mitte said in a press release.

“Why is there no affordable fresh food? This is a complete failure of the city. The pandemic has exposed devastating health disparities and food insecurities. “

Seeds in the Middle said it was asking for a reallocation of funds to promote healthy local business, including local community and school farms, edible gardens, free fresh vouchers and green cafes.

Brooklyn students urge local leaders to fund healthy food options. Photo: Delivered.

Katz said funding would provide at least $ 20,000 in funding for 2,000 free fresh grocery vouchers; EBT / SNAP radios at every yard stand; paid store manager at every farm stand; Free food distribution for the needy at every farm stand; edible garden support at or near each courtyard stand; healthy cooking courses or tips at every farm stand; Resources for those in need at every farm estate; and Farmers Market Nutrition Program review acceptance and processing at every farm stand.

Past and planned stands are on PS 284 in Brownsville, PS 178 in Ocean Hill, We Want to Eat into Wellness Farm Stand in 1585 Fulton, Wyckoff Farm Stand, Parkside Plaza and Flatbush in Juicy Box. Seeds in the Middle is calling for community contributions for other possible stands.

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