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Central Brooklyn Food Hub Feasibility Study Summary (May 2021)

Central Brooklyn Food Hub Feasibility Study Summary (May 2021)

Commissioned by New York State’s Department of Agriculture and Markets, Restoration completed a feasibility study for the Central Brooklyn Food Hub presenting a set of recommendations for a community-owned food system. Following a “hub-and-spoke” model, the vision for the Central Brooklyn Food Hub includes a central processing, aggregation, and distribution facility connected to a network that includes community-owned retail, a commercial kitchen and a culinary incubator, dedicated technical assistance to Brooklyn-based and NYS farmers, and an community-led advisory committee leading the decision making.
View Central Brooklyn Food Hub Study Summary (May 2021)
View Full Central Brooklyn Food Hub Study (September 2019)

A Guide To Growing Good Food Jobs In New York City (October 2018)

A Guide To Growing Good Food Jobs In New York City (October 2018)

Community Development Corporations (CDCs) and Settlement Houses (SHs) strive to create strong, healthy communities that make it easier for their residents to find healthy affordable food and good jobs. Good food jobs pay a decent wage; offer benefits, safe working conditions and pathways for career advancement; and make healthy affordable food more available in low-income communities. To advance work on achieving these goals, the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, Local Initiatives Support Corporation New York City (LISC NYC), United Neighborhood Houses (UNH), and the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (Restoration) partnered to identify promising models for integrating workforce development and healthy food access.

Working Together To Improve Community-level Health: The Evolution Of The New York City Food & Fitness Partnership (September 2018)

Working Together To Improve Community-level Health: The Evolution Of The New York City Food & Fitness Partnership (September 2018)

The New York City Food & Fitness Partnership case study discusses how the scope and abundance of diverse community stakeholders can create difficulties when addressing and conducting work in a large city landscape.

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s Farm To Early Care Program: A Foundation For A Healthier, Stronger Central Brooklyn Families And Communities (August 2018)

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s Farm To Early Care Program: A Foundation For A Healthier, Stronger Central Brooklyn Families And Communities (August 2018)

Can community-rooted organizations build the power to promote health, equity and community development? In this policy brief, staff from the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (Restoration) and the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute describe one effort to mobilize community assets to develop a comprehensive and integrated approach to supporting well-being, prosperity, increased community power and pathways out of poverty.

Creating Integrated Strategies For Increasing Access To Healthy Affordable Food In Urban Communities: A Case Study Of Intersecting Food Initiatives (June 2017)

Creating Integrated Strategies For Increasing Access To Healthy Affordable Food In Urban Communities: A Case Study Of Intersecting Food Initiatives (June 2017)

In New York and other cities, substantial evidence documents that community food environments interact with inequitable allocation of power, wealth, and services to shape the distribution of diet related diseases and food insecurity. This case study shows how Restoration has lunched multiple coordinated food initiatives in order to reduce the burden of food-related health problems.

Good Food, Great Kids: Making Practice And Policy Work For Farm To Early Childcare & Education (2016)

Good Food, Great Kids: Making Practice And Policy Work For Farm To Early Childcare & Education (2016)

Children receive an estimated 50%-70% of their nutrients in early care facilities, including day care and Head Start, and Early Head Start programs. Unfortunately, not all of the food served in these facilities has the nutritional value needed for growing bodies. In impoverished communities, gaining access to healthy foods is even more difficult. This report details how Restoration’s Center for Healthy Neighborhoods began with 1 Head Start site and the methods it used to expand across central Brooklyn.

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Cementing An Equity Framework For Micromobility (May 2021)

Cementing An Equity Framework For Micromobility (May 2021)

Since 2015, Restoration has led the NYC Better Bike Share Partnership alongside partners at Citi Bike and Lyft, NYC Department of Transportation, NYC Department of Healthy and Mental Hygiene, and other community-based organizations and cycling advocates. This report, a follow-up to the 2017 report Bringing Equitable Bike Share to Bed-Stuy, provides a progress update on the equity-driven efforts of the Partnership between 2017 and 2020, including the development of a blueprint of equity principles and policy goals informing the Partnerships’ collective efforts and the work to increase affordable access to bike share with the creation of the Reduced Fare Bike Share program.

Bringing Equitable Bike Share To Bed-stuy (March 2017)

Bringing Equitable Bike Share To Bed-stuy (March 2017)

Restoration leads the Better Bike Share Partnership with partners including Citi Bike operator Motivate, the NYC Department of Transportation, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, two local hospitals, and many more. What began as a pilot has now flourished into a citywide program. Our partnership has expanded with the goal of replicating our success across communities of color across New York City.