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COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

We believe a healthy Earth starts with a healthy community. To ensure we reach our community wellness goals, we focus on food and environmental justice, social health education, and physical activities. Understanding that it truly takes a village to effect change, we set out to establish strong relationships with non-profit organizations, social influencers, government entities, corporations and learning institutions.

7%
7% of people in the United States live in food deserts. More than half of them (13.5 million) are low-income.
2.2%
Approximately 2.3 million people (2.2% of all US households) live in low-income, rural areas that are more than 10 miles from a supermarket.
4X
White neighborhoods have on average 4 times as many supermarkets as predominantly Black and Hispanic ones do.

PROGRAMS

Increasing Access to Fresh Food: Joyful Markets, Community Gardens, and Code Green

Broccoli City increases access to fresh and healthy foods by building community gardens, particularly in food deserts and low socioeconomic areas, that lack access to fresh and healthy food.  We construct raised-bed gardens and provide on-going support to ensure that gardeners feel supported as they grow their food. Working with children youth, families on these projects we are able to not only grow healthy food but more importantly, grow healthy people and communities.

JOYFUL MARKETS

In partnership with the Martha’s Table and Capital Area Food Bank, we support Joyful Food Markets which is an initiative to increase access to and encourage consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables east of the ANACOSTIA River. Joyful Food Markets are run exclusively in elementary schools in Wards 7 & 8. In each school, colorful tables are filled with baskets of fresh produce and piled high with healthy non-perishable food, while festive music plays. The markets are joyful community events, where families and children can mingle with volunteers and school administrators while selecting from fresh, seasonal produce and healthy pantry staples, totaling 23 pounds of food per enrolled student. In addition, our markets feature kids’ cooking activities, recipe samples, and chef-led culinary demonstrations, designed to get children excited about healthy eating and cooking.

CODE GREEN

 In an effort to combat disproportionately high rates of food based health problems (hypertension, diabetes, heart disease) that proliferate our community, we’ve worked with our community partner, The Green Scheme to develop curriculums that provide relevant strategies to be healthier physically, mentally, and financially.

We engage youth in weekly, structured hands-on workshops based around strategies on living healthier and anchored in urban agriculture. We develop health strategies, prepare healthy, affordable meals and snacks that can be prepared relatively quickly; urban agriculture training; lessons on entrepreneurship, and more.

Code Green educates children, youth, and adults about how environmental issues such as proximity to high rates of pollution: access to fresh produce and healthy food options: safe opportunities and spaces for physical activity: and how the cleanliness of communities where we live, work, and play can affect their physical health, mental health, and economy.

We highlight different options that they have for living a sustainable lifestyle at home and in their community. Promoting ways to incorporate sustainability and healthy living, the programs we implement are very hands on while also incorporating multimedia/expressive art aspects.

POWER OF ONE

By leveraging our reach and Broccoli City Festival, we organize, activate, and deploy volunteers to high impact projects that build and transform communities. From February-May 2016 we have deployed 1,000 volunteers, amassed 4,000 volunteer hours, made 2,500 meals for homeless and hungry, planted 75 trees, cleaned up 25 square blocks, picked up 600 bags of trash and recycling, built 18 community garden beds, planted 600 vegetable, herb, and fruit seedlings, and painted community murals.

Through the Power of One we created a social economy that rewards participants who volunteer with our program with a marketplace where the time they work can be exchanged for cool items like BCFest tickets, items from our partners, concert tickets, special access to events, and more.

Would you like to donate to our programs? Email info@broccolicity.com