Brooklyn Community Foundation Sponsors First-Ever Bedford Stuyvesant Food and Family Day

Join the Coalition for the Improvement of Bedford-Stuyvesant (CIBS) in partnership with Council Member Albert Vann and the Brooklyn Community Foundation on Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 9:30am to 4pm at Restoration Plaza for an all day fun-filled educational event focusing on Bedford-Stuyvesant and healthy eating. The event will bring together local residents, food justice advocates, urban farmers and gardeners, local businesses, educators and community organizations to examine wellness and access to healthy foods in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The cost is FREE.

The Bedford-Stuyvesant Food and Family Day will offer free hands-on workshops and will include topics on: How To Eat And Cook Healthy On A Family Budget; A Tour Of Local Farmers’ Markets And Green Grocers; Basic Gardening And Composting Tips; How To Become A Bed-Stuy Healthy Food Advocate; Youth Presentations On Local Farming And Gardening; How To Become Involved With Bed-Stuy’s Green Community Mural Project; Information On What Schools In Bed-Stuy Are Doing To Eat Healthier And How You Can Get Involved; How To Cook Fresh, Organic Baby Foods; Kids Activities Including: Gardening, Fun Exercise And Art Projects; Outdoor Yoga And Exercise Demonstrations; Free Heath and EBT/WIC Screenings and Much More. All ages welcome!

Organizations at the event will include: Adopt-a-Farmbox, Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center, Bedford Stuyvesant Gateway BID, Bedford Stuyvesant Campaign Against Hunger, Bed-Stuy CSA, Bed-Stuy Community Eco-Mapping Project, Bridge Street Development Corporation, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Brooklyn Food Coalition, Brooklyn Food and Fitness Task Force, Brooklyn Partnership to Drive Down Diabetes (BP3D), Brooklyn Queens Land Trust, Brooklyn Rescue Mission, Chrissy's Cooking Club, City Harvest, DIVAS for Social Justice, FoodTown, Green Guerillas, Groundwork Inc, GrowNYC, Hattie Carthan Community Market, Just Food, LISC, New York Restoration Project, North East Brooklyn Housing Development Corp, Malcolm X Farmers’ Market, NYC Department of Health, NYC Strategic Alliance for Health, PlaNYC, Pratt Area Community Council, Pratt Center, Restoration Corporation and Super FoodTown.

“CIBS, our community affiliates and program sponsors are excited to be working together to highlight the strength of the food justice movement in Bed-Stuy,” said Melissa S. Lee, Managing Director of CIBS. Ms. Lee continued by saying, “We hope that the Bedford-Stuyvesant Food and Family Day is just the beginning in empowering residents to become engaged with the food they eat, know exactly where local healthy options exists and advocate for the overall health of our community.”

The Coalition for the Improvement of Bedford Stuyvesant (CIBS) is a member association dedicated to working to create effective collaboration among local organizations committed to positively impacting the Bedford-Stuyvesant community. CIBS primary goals focus on maintaining and enhancing an equitable, healthy and sustainable community that produces economic and social betterment for the indigenous people of the community.

“The Brooklyn Community Foundation is deeply committed to helping the residents of Bedford Stuyvesant build a healthier community by supporting efforts such as this to bring new ideas and new approaches to combating issues of food access and nutrition education. Working with CIBS and Council Member Vann to create this initiative exemplifies how, through partnerships between the public and private sectors, we can promote giving and service and create a better Brooklyn for all.”

- Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber

The Brooklyn Community Foundation works to improve the lives of people in Brooklyn by strengthening communities through local giving, grantmaking and community service. The Brooklyn Community Foundation strives to collaborate, convene and communicate in ways that promote generosity, civic involvement, good public policy and caring for our neighbors and neighborhoods.

More information about the Bedford-Stuyvesant Food and Family Day can be found at:

The Bedford-Stuyvesant Food and Family Day is one of many events taking place as part of National Food Day, to be held in Washington, DC on October 24th. Food Day events all over the country work towards healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way. More information can be found at: