2010 Neighborhood Builders® Award acceptance speech by Just Food Executive Director, Jacquie Berger
November 16, 2010
It is a tremendous honor for us to receive this award and the recognition that Just Food is indeed a Neighborhood Builder. Just Food has been working to build vital, healthy, thriving communities in NYC since 1995. We engage in this work by focusing on increasing access to fresh, healthy, locally grown food in all New York City communities.
In many NYC neighborhoods, CSA is the most affordable way to procure fresh, organic, locally grown food. In some areas, it is the only way. For a family on food stamps, CSA can be a great option - if we can make sure it's accessible.
Luis Garden Acosta is a leading voice for human rights and environmental justice. He is founder and president of El Puente, a community human rights institution that promotes leadership for peace and justice through the engagement of youth and adults in the arts, education, scientific research, wellness and environmental action. Under his leadership, New Yorkers have built parks and open spaces as well as mapped one hundred Brownfield sites focused on human rights.
Who We Are Just Food empowers and supports community leaders in their efforts to increase access to locally grown food, especially in underserved New York City neighborhoods. Just Food provides training and technical assistance to community members to help them launch projects like farmers' markets and CSAs, provide education in fundamental culinary and urban agriculture skills for their neighbors, and advocate to make their corner of New York City a healthier place to live and eat. What We Do
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