Grants Approved

Queens Community House

Queens Community House

Rockaway Youth Task Force

Rockaway Youth Task Force

BedStuy Campaign Against Hunger
Brooklyn, NY
www.bedstuycampaignagainsthunger.org
Melony Samuels, Executive Director
$35,000
To support the Green Teen Internship Program. Teens plant, care for, and harvest plants grown in the BSCAH gardens; staff the farm stand; learn beekeeping, food safety, and composting; and plan and conduct a Harvest Fest for children and families.
BronxWorks
Bronx, NY
www.bronxworks.org
Eileen Torres, Executive Director
$45,000
To fund the HYPHEN program. Teens in two South Bronx locations test soil quality, plant and grow vegetables, prepare healthy meals, develop partnerships with bodegas to bring more healthy foods into the neighborhoods, develop social media and conduct public presentations to promote healthy eating in their neighborhoods.
Brotherhood-Sister Sol
New York, NY
www.brotherhood-sistersol.org
Khary Lazarre-White, Executive Director
$40,000
To support the Gaia Food Empowerment Project. Youth operate a Hamilton Heights Urban farmers Market featuring organic food from local farms. They publish Gaia’s Corner, a youth-powered neighborhood magazine that gives teens a platform to raise food justice concerns, share their recipes, and advertise upcoming garden events.
Center for Family Life in Sunset Park
(Grantee: SCO Family of Services)

Brooklyn, NY
www.sco.org/programs/center-for-family-life
Julie Stein Brockway, Co-Director
$50,000
To support the Sunset Park Food Justice Program. Teens teach and lead groups of children and youth in gardening, cooking, and food-related hands-on learning activities, and engage the community in festivals that celebrate foods of the world.
Children’s Aid Society
New York, NY
http://www.childrensaidsociety.org/gohealthy/food-justice-program
Alyson Abrami, Director of Food and Nutrition Programs
$50,000
To support the Youth Food Justice Program in three neighborhoods in East Harlem and the South Bronx. Youth learn about healthy eating, map their neighborhood’s food environment, grow food, and prepare nutritious meals.
City Parks Foundation
Brownsville and Bushwick in Brooklyn, Morrisania in the Bronx, Jamaica in Queens
http://www.cityparksfoundation.org
Heather Lubov, Executive Director
$30,000
To support apprenticeships and internships in four community gardens. Youth learn about horticulture, organic gardening, and sustainable garden design. They teach and engage younger children in the garden, as well as improve planting plans, demonstrate compost maintenance, build hoop houses, and create garden pest control devices.
CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute
Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
(Grantee: Research Foundation of City University of New York)

New York, NY
Nicholas Freudenberg, Distinguished Professor of Public Health
$30,000
To support Youth Food Educators. Teens learn about food industry marketing and its influence on the eating behaviors of young people. Using social media and collaborating with Harlem artists and musicians, they design and conduct counter-marketing campaigns targeting unhealthly products like soda, energy drinks, and fast food.
Claremont Neighborhood Centers
Bronx, NY
www.claremontcenter.org
Abraham Jones, Executive Director
$40,000
To fund Food Justice For All in Claremont Village in the Morrisania neighborhood of the South Bronx. Youth map local grocery stores and bodegas and work with store owners to improve the selection and quality of fruits, vegetables, and healthy beverages; learn to prepare healthy food; and promote the community Food Box program.
Community Food Advocates
New York, NY
www.communityfoodadvocatesnyc.org
Liz Accles, Executive Director
$20,000
To support Youth United for Food Reform, a youth-powered coalition who advocate for community organizing to change public policy. They are mobilizing hundreds of young people to advocate for universal free lunch in NYC public schools.
Concrete Safaris
New York, NY
www.concretesafaris.org
Mac Levine, Executive Director
$25,000
To fund a food justice project on public housing grounds at Jefferson Houses and Washington Houses in East Harlem. Children plan, plant, and maintain edible gardens, teach volunteers to garden, conduct public health research, and present educational workshops about food insecurity and obesity.
Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation
Cypress Hills, Brooklyn
www.cypresshills.org
Michelle Neugenbauer, Executive Director
$50,000
To fund the Youth Food Justice Initiative. Children in after-school and summer programs learn about food production and access to fresh healthy food, analyze food justice in Cypress Hills, and design and implement community service action projects to tackle pressing food issues in their own neighborhood.
East NY Farms
(Grantee: United Community Centers)

Brooklyn
http://www.eastnewyorkfarms.org
David Vigil, Project Director
$25,000
To support the Pink Houses Community Farm. Youth plant, grow, and distribute food to residents of this public housing community. In addition, they conduct cooking demonstrations, supervise days with residents, and host garden tours for local children. They are the primary organizers for the Youth Food Justice Network, a coalition of metro New York youth, who conduct work days at farms and gardens across the City and arrange a fall youth summit.
FamilyCook Community Table
New York, NY
www.familycookproductions.com
Lynn Fredericks, Executive Director
$38,000
To fund CHEFS for Change in Levitt Foundation grantee organizations. Youth make partnerships with bodegas and other small stores to increase the types and quantity of healthy foods available in bodegas in their neighborhoods. They prepare healthy snacks using foods sold in the bodegas, conduct on-site cooking demonstrations, and practice marketing, advertising, and sales skills that build the community’s interest in healthy foods.
Grow NYC
(Grantee: Council on the Environment of NYC)

New York, NY
www.grownyc.org
Marcel Van Ooyen, Executive Director
$29,300
To support six experienced Learn It Grow It Eat It graduates who will care for South Bronx school gardens over the summer to keep them vital and ready as learning gardens for returning school children. Also, they design a distribution plan to share the summer harvest with food pantries, soup kitchens, daycare centers, and senior centers.
Harlem Grown
Central Harlem, Manhattan
http://www.harlemgrown.org
Tony Hillery, Executive Director
$35,000
To support the Youth Leadership Board. Youth work as counselors year-round on Saturdays and during the seven-week summer camp. They plan farming and educational activities for younger children and help lead hands-on activities like planting/growing/harvesting, cooking, compost and nutrition education.
New Settlement Apartments
(Grantee: The Crenulated Company Ltd)

Bronx, NY
www. new settlementhousingfund.org/new_settlement.html
Jack Doyle, Executive Director
$35,000
To fund the Bronx Helpers program. Youth participate in year-round hands-on cooking classes and develop positive attitudes about fresh and healthy food. They plan and conduct interactive workshops about good nutrition and food systems as well as a Summer Harvest Cook-Off for their peers and community.
New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, NY
www.nybg.org
Ursula Chance, Director of Bronx Green-Up and Community Horticulture
$40,000
To support Grow More Vegetables With Youth. Bronx youth at four community organizations (Bissel Gardens, Brook Park, La Finca Del Sur, and The Point) grow and harvest their own organic vegetables and share their knowledge with the community through such projects as building a greenhouse, documenting and disseminating best practices for growing peppers for hot sauce, starting a school garden, and extending a garden’s growing season.
North East Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation
Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
www.nebhdco.org
Patricia Magnuson, Director of Community Programs
Bianca Bockman, Community Food Advocate
$40,000
To support Youth Growing Power. Youth learn about nutrition and food justice and how to cook from scratch. They practice urban farming and donate much of the produce they grow to a food pantry. They host garden parties and workshops and conduct cooking demonstrations for the food pantry clients.
Queens Community House
Forest Hills, NY
www.queenscommunityhouse.org
Ben Thomases, Executive Director
$45,000
To fund the Food Justice Leadership Program. Youth from Pomonock Houses advocate for food justice, conduct surveys on community food concerns, produce newsletters and guides, lead workshops on healthy eating, and help manage a farmers market.
Rockaway Waterfront Alliance
Far Rockaway, Queens
www.rwalliance.org
Jeanne DuPont, Executive Director
$35,000
To support the Food Access and Justice Project. Youth will create indoor and outdoor vertical hydroponic gardens to supply fresh vegetables and fruit year-round to the neighborhood. They will operate a CSA, recruit community people to buy shares, conduct cooking demonstrations and nutrition workshops with local chefs and nutritionists, and host holiday community dinners.
Rockaway Youth Task Force
Far Rockaway, Queens
www.RYTF.org
Milan Taylor, CEO/Founder
$35,000
To support the Food Justice Project. Youth grow fruits and vegetables to share with the community, provide raised beds for other community residents to farm, and operate a weekly Farmers Market in collaboration with Grow NYC. In addition, they host garden events for neighborhood children and youth.
Trees New York
(Grantee: New York City Street Tree Consortium)

New York, NY
www.treesny.org
Nelson Villarrubia, Executive Director
$30,000
To fund FruiTrees New York in Levitt Foundation grantee organizatons. Youth learn about urban fruit trees and their value in diversifying good nutrition, plant and care for fruit trees and bushes, and design a plan for community distribution of the harvest.
Union Settlement Association
New York, NY
www.unionsettlement.org
David Nocenti, Executive Director
$35,000
To fund the Bridges Lunch 4 Learning initiative. Youth learn about healthy foods, conduct surveys about school lunches, make presentations to their peers, and advocate for universal free school lunches in NYC schools.
Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice
South Bronx
www.ympj.org
David R. Shuffler, Jr., Executive Director
$50,000
To support the Bronx River Food Way. Youth will help community people plant, grow, harvest, and prepare their own healthy foods. They will organize special food events to encourage people to visit Concrete Plant Park and lead tasting tours on the Swale, a floating food barge moored on the Bronx River.