Special Projects Fund

Grantee Name

Phipps Community Development Corporation

Funding Area

Special Projects Fund

Publication Date

September 2008

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

January 2007 — December 2007


The South Bronx has more obese residents than elsewhere in New York City—27% of its residents, compared to 20% of New Yorkers citywide—according to a 2006 a Federal community survey.

Contributing to the high rates of obesity and diabetes are unhealthy eating habits, which result in part from a lack of opportunities for acquiring fresh produce. The project sought to provide nutrition information and healthy food options for people living in an impoverished urban area.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Young residents learned about food production and healthy fresh foods through a community gardening project, after-school environmental education workshops, and a teen cooking program.
  • Residents used the market to buy fresh produce and learn about ways to cook it.
  • Returning customers said they liked that the food was fresh and affordable and that they had changed their shopping habits to include the market.