Bronx: Melrose Farmer’s Market

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Sponsoring Yale Group: 
Yale Alumni Association of New York
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 9:00am
The Classic Center See map
286 E 156th Street
Bronx, NY 10451
Today, nearly 1.3 million New Yorkers struggle to put meals on their tables. City Harvest will collect 59 million pounds of excess food this year and deliver it free of charge to 500 soup kitchens, food pantries and other community food programs across the five boroughs.Community members gather in farmers market settings where they receive fresh produce and participate in cooking demonstrations to learn how to make healthy meals. Our community health partners also offer free wellness programs, such as blood pressure screenings. We also partner with other non-profit organizations, including Brighter Bites, Harlem Children’s Zone, and the YWCA in Queens to create bi-monthly food distributions at sites that are fully operated by members of the community they serve.
We provide over three million pounds of fresh produce – including sweet potatoes, grapefruit, apples, cabbage, carrots, squash, and collard greens – to nearly 10,000 households each year through these markets.
Yale volunteers will help to unload boxes of produce, weighing up to 15 pounds, from the truck to the stand for free distribution to neighborhood residents and will also assist the patrons.
Site Coordinator: 
Colin Clarke ‘89