Throughout 2009, more than 3.3 million New York City residents, experienced difficulty affording needed food for themselves and their families. (Food Bank for New York City)

Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House

Queens

The mission of Jacob A. Riis Settlement House is to build and strengthen the underserved communities of Western Queens and act as a catalyst for change. Riis Settlement is a community-based non-profit organization that offers comprehensive services to the youth, adults, seniors, and families of Queensbridge, Ravenswood and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Increasing Access to Healthy Food

Improving Health Outcomes by Increasing Access to Affordable Fresh Food

UNH is committed to building access to healthy food for all communities.

United Neighborhood Houses’ (UNH) member agencies provide nearly 1.8 million meals to 8,000 individuals each year through their child care centers, senior centers, meals on wheels, afterschool programs, homeless shelters, and HIV/AIDS programs. UNH is working with its members to help them use more fresh healthy food in preparing these meals. UNH and its member agencies are also increasingly involved in activities to bring fresh food to families through urban gardens and farmer’s markets.

For more information, contact Terry Kaelber.

Issues and Programs

Healthy Communities Through Healthy Food

UNH, through its participation in the Community Experience Partnership (CEP), is partnering with six organizations to develop effective local strategies for increasing access to and use of affordable fresh food in low-income communities. With older adults driving these efforts, strategies include the formation of fresh food buyers’ clubs, community gardens, establishing community farm stands, expanding local farmers markets, and offering food education and cooking classes to local residents.  Learn more »