project leader
Sharon S
location
2029 Fulton Street
(Ocean Hill-Brownsville, East Bushwick)
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We're getting there!!!

the project

If All the Stores Close, We Need Food’: Community Gardens Adapt to the Pandemic - Phoenix Community Garden featured in the New York Times.

Because of the pandemic, our community elders should be staying inside. They are among the most vulnerable to Covid-19. Because we recognized the danger, the Fresh Food Box Program at Phoenix Community Garden began collecting money to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to elders in isolation. We have recruited a team of volunteers to deliver the bags of produce and pantry staples following social distancing protocols. These volunteers are also checking in with the elders, making sure they're ok and have everything that they need. As the weeks have worn on, it looks like shelter-in-place and social distancing restrictions will be going on for several more months. We are committed to providing food security to every elder that we add to our list by providing them with a fresh food box every week. Currently, we are working with 72 elders. 

We were recently featured in National Geographic's How are older Americans fighting isolation during the pandemic?: "Bernadette Mitchell, a Phoenix Garden volunteer, delivers a bag of vegetables and produce to 78-year-old Norman Stout, who is blind. Volunteers meet at Phoenix Garden every Saturday morning to pack the bags. Natalie Peart, a Phoenix Garden volunteer, bundles fresh herbs to add to the produce bags."

the steps

The process is pretty simple. On a weekly basis, we determine a count of bags that need to be delivered on Saturday, when we pack the bags and do the distribution.  The steps are:

Monday: Place an order with our distributor, GrowNYC, which is a food distribution hub that sources from regional farmers, and with our other partners who provide organic, healthy pantry items

Saturday: Receive delivery, pack bags, hand off bags to our volunteer deliverers.

Sunday: Call the bag recipients to see how they like the bag and take notes for next week.

why we're doing it

Even before the pandemic, Ocean Hill-Brownville and East Bushwick was a "food swamp" area -- you could get all the fast food and potato chips that you wanted, but fresh healthy fruits and vegetables are not readily available. By providing a weekly bag of produce plus high-quality pantry staples, we are making sure our elders are fed and their immune systems are boosted.

budget

Revised Budget 10.29.20:

One bag of fresh fruit and vegetables, plus some basic pantry items is about $15 - $17 a person (produce through Grow NYC= $10; pantry staples (rice, beans, etc.) = $5-7).

We work with 72 elders, and have a weekly cost of about $1,150, and a monthly cost of $4,500. With $25,000 we can get through the end of this year and the Spring of 2021. 



PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED = $25,000
ioby Platform Fee waived
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $773
TOTAL TO RAISE = $25,773

 

 

Original:

One bag of fresh fruit and vegetables, plus some basic pantry items is about $14 a person (produce through Grow NYC= $10; pantry staples (rice, beans, etc.) = $4).

We work with 72 elders, and have a weekly cost of about $1,000, and a monthly cost of $4,000. With $20,000 we can get through the end of this year and the Spring of 2021. 



PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED = $20,000
ioby Platform Fee waived
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
$305
TOTAL TO RAISE = $20,305
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.  

 

updates

We're getting there!!!

Thanks so much for all that everyone has done to help us raise money to keep the Elder Box Program! We've hit $1,000 and only $19,000 to go! (But right now that's only $9,500 because IOBY will double the funds!) We can do it! This weekend we had so many folks packing the bags, delivering the produce and pantry items, and checking in with our elders. We also had a professional photographer taking some pictures, which we'll share soon. Also, the Museum of Food and Drink featured us on Monday, September 28th! SO much going on, and we're happy that you're a part of it. More soon....

photos

This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration

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