BENEFITING: BED-STUY CAMPAIGN AGAINST HUNGER INC
The Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger (BSCAH) was founded in 1998 as a small traditional food pantry; we are now the largest direct emergency services organization in Brooklyn, providing the basic staples of a well-balanced diet to more than 30,000 unduplicated, low-income individuals each month. Last year, we distributed food to provide approximately 3 million meals to New Yorkers at the rate of TEN THOUSAND meals each day. We touch the lives of more than 75% of the food insecure population in Brooklyn and more than 20% of the entire NYC through our menu of services which include after-school and summer programs for students, senior and family health and nutrition classes, employment and social services assistance. Additionally, in the last two years we connected low-income families with more than FOUR MILLION dollars through tax refunds and SNAP (foodstamp) registrations. BSCAH is situated at the intersection of the Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville and Ocean Hill neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Bed-Stuy is our home and a part of our fabric, but our work extends far beyond its boundaries - through our mobile services and partnerships, our presence is felt in more than 150 zip codes throughout the city. The largest segment of our client population (51%) comprises children. They are closely followed seniors which rests at 28% and our remaining clients include people with a range of barriers to health and independence (e.g., serious psychiatric or substance abuse issues; serious physical disabilities; past histories of incarceration/ homelessness). Most of our clients are African-American or Caribbean-American; some 25% are Latino or Haitian.