Fighting Against Food Insecurity: A Look Inside The Campaign Against Hunger
This month, our team and donors had the pleasure of visiting long-term anti-hunger champion The Campaign for Hunger (TCAH), touring its sites in Brooklyn and Queens including an example-setting super pantry, the Saratoga Urban Agro-ecological Center, Brooklyn distribution center, and cafe in Far Rockaway.
For the past 25 years, TCAH has grown its work from Bed-Stuy to across 145 zip codes (in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx), now working with approximately 14,000 families a week.
At the heart of TCAH’s mission is supporting the wellbeing of low-income individuals and families to live healthy and self-sufficient lives by providing equitable access to nutritious foods, benefits and services, workforce development training, urban farming, and nutrition education. TCAH programs focus on youth empowerment, intergenerational nutrition education, community engagement, and much more.
As community needs change, TCAH’s resources adjust to accommodate them. We saw this during the pandemic, when the organization enhanced their pantry to incorporate online shopping and home delivery to all clients within a ten-mile radius of TCAH’s two warehouses—a program which still continues today. Whether online or in-person, TCAH ensures a dignity-centered approach to food security, where clients shop for their food, have many options, and choose which items they take home.
TCAH’s impact has grown tremendously since March 2020, when lockdown and the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically increased food insecurity and overall stability across our communities. Since then, TCAH has worked with over 200 community partners to provide over 35 million nutritional meals to New Yorkers. Their presence in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx has increased significantly, as seen in these maps:
The Campaign Against Hunger provides crucial support to our communities and plays a key role in advancing food justice in our city. We hope you will learn more about their work by visiting their website at www.tcahnyc.org and by watching highlights from our visit in the video below.