Brooklyn and Queens have the largest senior populations of the five boroughs, each with about 282,000 seniors. (NYC Office of the Public Advocate)

Union Settlement Association

Manhattan

For 116 years, Union Settlement Association has worked with and for the struggling community of East Harlem. A community mainstay, they seek to foster leadership and self-sufficiency by assisting their neighbors in building better lives for themselves and their families, and serve more than 13,000 residents each year.

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 »