Press Release – 7/17/2015

For Immediate Release
July 17, 2015

South Brooklyn Children’s Garden Announces Partnership with Food Bank For New York City

– Garden Kicks Off Partnership with Donation of More Than 50 Pounds of Produce –

Media Contacts:
Sunshine Flint, sunflint@gmail.com, 917-543-2011
Roopa Kalyanaraman Marcello, roopa@aya.yale.edu, 917-601-8311

July 17, 2015 – Brooklyn, NY – The South Brooklyn Children’s Garden (the Garden), a community garden and urban farming cooperative in the Columbia Waterfront neighborhood of Brooklyn, announced today a partnership with Food Bank For New York City (Food Bank), the city’s major hunger-relief organization, for the 2015 growing season. The Garden has committed to donating its excess crops for the remainder of the year to Food Bank, and, in doing so, becomes the first community garden in New York City to partner with Food Bank.

“The South Brooklyn Children’s Garden is thrilled to partner with Food Bank For New York City,” said Sunshine Flint, garden planner, South Brooklyn Children’s Garden. “Through this partnership, not only are we ensuring that all of the food we grow reaches plates, we are also demonstrating to children in our community a direct and tangible way to give back and provide much needed fresh produce for our fellow New Yorkers.”

The partnership was kicked off by a donation of 51 pounds of organic produce last month to Food Bank’s Community Kitchen and Food Pantry of West Harlem. More than 36 pounds of beet greens, 10 pounds of lettuce, and four pounds of arugula grown at the Garden were delivered to the Community Kitchen and bagged and distributed as well as cooked on site to be served to community members in need.

“One out of five children in New York City relies on a soup kitchen or food pantry. Partnering with the South Brooklyn Children’s Garden helps put more healthy and fresh food on the plates of children in need,” said Lisa Hines-Johnson, Chief Operating Officer at Food Bank For New York City. “We are especially proud of the children who help with the garden showing their commitment to helping others. We look forward to a plentiful growing season.”

The Garden’s recent donation to Food Bank was the first of several planned for the 2015 growing season. Garden members and their children, who live in and around the Columbia Waterfront neighborhood in which the garden is located, plant and harvest spring, summer, and fall crops. Crops that are not harvested for members’ own use by the end of each cycle will be harvested and donated to Food Bank. Future planned donations include tomatoes and carrots in August and pole beans in September.

About the South Brooklyn Children’s Garden
The South Brooklyn Children’s Garden is an urban farming cooperative built to encourage fresher and healthier foods planted and raised by children and their families. Founded in 2012, the Garden creates a green space for children, their families, and the greater community to learn about their food sources and connect with nature through gardening. As a membership-based cooperative and public garden, we foster a sense of community by working together to grow food, offering educational programs and hosting events. To learn more about the South Brooklyn Children’s Garden, visit our website (www.southbrooklynchildrensgarden.com) and follow us on Facebook (SouthBrooklynChildrensGarden) and Twitter (@SBkKidsGarden).

About Food Bank For New York City
Food Bank For New York City has been the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs for more than 30 years. Nearly one in five New Yorkers relies on Food Bank for food and other resources. Food Bank takes a strategic, multifaceted approach that provides meals and builds capacity in the neediest communities, while raising awareness and engagement among all New Yorkers. Through its network of more than 1,000 charities and schools citywide, Food Bank provides food for more than 63 million free meals for New Yorkers in need. Food Bank For New York City’s income support services, including food stamps (also known as SNAP) and free tax assistance for the working poor, put more than $150 million each year into the pockets of New Yorkers, helping them to afford food and achieve greater dignity and independence. In addition, Food Bank’s nutrition education programs and services empower more than 275,000 children, teens and adults to sustain a healthy diet on a low budget. To learn more about how you can help, please visit foodbanknyc.org.