The FRESH Program Will Bring 3 New Supermarkets to Bushwick as a Way to Combat Food Insecurity

On any given day in Bushwick, you’re likely to encounter a line of people circling a building with their carts at a food pantry. The New York City Food Policy Center reports that 17% of Bushwick residents face food insecurity. The lack of affordable supermarkets in the neighborhood isn’t a secret: for every supermarket in the area, there are 31 bodegas that may be more convenient to travel to but don’t offer all the nutritional options available at supermarkets. 

Though 2019 research gathered by the NYU Furman Center showed a median annual household income of $67,410, the reality is that the largest number of Bushwick households, 24.2%, made less than $20,000. According to 2019 census data, 20.7% of people living in Bushwick are below the poverty line, about 1.5 times the poverty rate in New York City. Naturally, the pandemic has made this even worse.

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In the meantime, the neighborhood offers food distributions, pantries and community fridges. On any given day in Bushwick, you’re likely to encounter a line of people circling a building with their carts at a food pantry. The New York City Food Policy Center reports that 17% of Bushwick […]

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