Bushwick Cooks

Enterprise Community Partners: HUD Section 4

Posted on Mar 7, 2018 by RiseBoro.

RiseBoro Bushwick Cooks secured HUD Section 4 funding to launch the Healthy Leaders Team project, a senior nutrition cohort starting in July of 2017. The project goal is to increase nutrition literacy and reinforce comfort and confidence in healthy food choices among a pilot group of 12 – 16 diabetic or pre-diabetic seniors. 

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Saratoga Grows! Greenhouse & Urban Gardening Program

Posted on Mar 5, 2018 by RiseBoro.

Culinary DemoBushwick Cooks: Saratoga Grows! is an exciting program launched in the Spring of 2017 at Saratoga Square- a former NYCHA development just over the Bushwick border in Bed-Stuy. This educational program creates opportunities for older adults and seniors to activate local growing spaces while learning cultivation and healthy culinary practices. This nutrition focused culinary program was created by Bushwick Cooks, a project of RiseBoro, with support from Triborough Preservation, LLC.

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RiseBoro Participates in the Health Bucks Program Providing Vouchers to Seniors for Farmer's Market Purchases

Posted on Mar 5, 2018 by RiseBoro.

Two staffers in front of mapIn 2016 RiseBoro coordinated agency-wide participation in the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene's Health Bucks ProgramHealth Bucks  are paper vouchers, worth $2 each, developed and administered by the NYC Health Department District Public Health Offices. These vouchers can be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets.

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Existing RiseBoro Programs Addressing Health Disparities & Food Access

Posted on Mar 5, 2018 by RiseBoro.

Girl sitting at planter boxNorth Brooklyn middle school youth who attend the RiseBoro Youth Center's SONYC Community Leadership groups have spent the last year immersed in understanding food systems and learning about food justice. The RiseBoro Youth Center Food Justice unit consisted of lessons around diabetes, access to healthy food, farm workers' rights, the meat industry, food labels and advertisements, and redefining what a healthy body looks like. The youth gained hands-on growing experience and sprouted vegetables (onions, tomatoes, lettuce, summer squash, carrots, beets, peppers, cucumbers, and peas) in cafeteria milk cartons for growing in the RiseBoro Youth Center garden.

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Community Supported Agriculture at RiseBoro

Posted on Mar 5, 2018 by RiseBoro.

In the summer of 2016 RiseBoro piloted a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program hosted by our finance department located at 555 Bushwick Avenue. The 607 CSA, a collaboration of 17 New York state farmers and small scale food producers, offered CSA members a range of products at various price points – all local, fresh, nutritious and delicious.RiseBoro staff and tenants participated in the CSA and were joined by Bushwick community residents who shared an interest in supporting local farmers, lowering food miles, and purchasing nutrient rich and organic foods.

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Meals-on-Wheels

Posted on Mar 5, 2018 by RiseBoro.

RiseBoro has provided home delivered meals services to elderly clients residing in Community Districts #1 and #4 of Brooklyn for over 21 years. Hot nutritious meals are prepared and delivered 6 days per week with a chilled meal additionally provided on Saturday for Sunday.

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