project leader
Sarah M
location
Bedford Avenue
(Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn)
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the project

Bed-Stuy Strong is a group of neighbors helping neighbors in a spirit of solidarity. We are located in, and serve, the central Brooklyn community of Bed-Stuy. As COVID-19 began to spread in New York City, we created a Slack-based online network to allow for neighbors to meet, share information, and stay connected as social distancing requirements were put into place. 

Bed-Stuy Strong quickly evolved into a robust mutual aid operation powered by hundreds of volunteers who shop for neighbors in need and then provide safe, no-contact deliveries at no cost to recipients. All of our members are ordinary folks, from service workers to software engineers to grocery store clerks, and represent a mix of new and native neighborhood residents.

Since forming in mid-March, Bed-Stuy Strong has purchased and delivered a week’s supply of groceries for over 3,500 neighbors, providing an estimated 70,000 meals. 85% of the neighbors we have served are elderly, immunocompromised, or disabled. These groups are not easily able to access grab-and-go-type resources provided by the New York City government and traditional food pantries. 

Each day, we receive 80-200 calls through our hotline and complete an average of 40 deliveries. On our busiest days, Bed-Stuy Strong volunteers have shopped for and completed over 100 deliveries. 

Everyone eats differently. Our model allows our neighbors in need to request and receive exactly what they need, maintaining their choice and dignity during a challenging and distressing time. 

the steps

All of our grocery purchases are funded through the Bed-Stuy Strong Community Fund, which pools grassroots donations from our community and beyond. We’re spending over a thousand dollars a day and need to continuously raise funds to keep our mutual aid operation going. 

Every dollar you give to the Bed-Stuy Strong Community fund helps to keep our most vulnerable neighbors from going hungry. Your donations have a direct impact: they are used to fund purchases of food, medicine, and essential supplies, and are spent within a matter of days after being received. Unlike many other crisis-oriented food access initiatives, Bed-Stuy Strong provides groceries, not prepared meals, and delivers them to a neighbor’s door.

why we're doing it

Our work is a chapter in the legacy of resourcefulness that has characterized neighbors helping neighbors for years in Bed-Stuy. Bed-Stuy Strong was founded to work in solidarity with our neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and economic impacts of the virus have deeply impacted our community, and many families are struggling to put food on the table. We believe that all people should have their basic needs met, and be treated with dignity, honor and respect. 

In a time of unparalleled crisis and economic uncertainty, we see ourselves as part of a great tapestry of efforts to address the enormous need created by the COVID-19 pandemic. We own the finiteness of our capacity, pledge to do what we can, and do it well. 

We see the future, and the future of Bed-Stuy Strong, as open to possibility: we are helping create new models of relating to each other and to building the future we want. We thank you, and all those who have supported us, for your contributions. All together, we are helping build a stronger and more resilient neighborhood and community. 

budget

Each day, we receive 80-200 calls through our hotline and complete an average of 40 deliveries. On our busiest days, Bed-Stuy Strong volunteers have shopped for and completed over 100 deliveries. 
 

These grocery purchases are funded though the Bed-Stuy Strong Community Fund, which pools grassroots donations from our community and beyond. We’re spending an average of $4,000 every single day and need to continuously raise funds to keep our mutual aid operation going. Every dollar you give helps to keep our most vulnerable neighbors from going hungry.

PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED =    $145,740
ioby Platform Fee  –   waived
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%)  –  waived
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) (Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.) –  $4,260
TOTAL TO RAISE =    $150,000
Please note: ioby fees are estimated and will be calculated based on totals at the end of the campaign.    

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