New York City’s growing food insecurity crisis, particularly pronounced in Brooklyn, is being directly addressed by The Campaign To End Hunger (TCAH). Hearing of need in NYC, Compassion Coalition, under the leadership of CEO Mike Servello, has partnered with TCAH, contributing a tractor-trailer of food worth upwards of $500,000 dollars.
TCAH, initiated by Dr. Melony Samuels, has evolved from a simple pantry to a cornerstone of support for Brooklyn’s diverse communities, reaching residents in over 150 zip codes. This organization plays a crucial role in supporting various groups, including migrants, the elderly, veterans, children, and food-insecure families, all facing distinct challenges in accessing nutritious food. Recognizing the effectiveness of TCAH’s comprehensive programs, which include nutrition education and urban farming, Compassion Coalition has eagerly partnered with them, valuing their expansive impact in the community.
The involvement of Compassion Coalition in this endeavor reflects a commitment to collaborative community efforts in combating food insecurity. Their approach, highlighted by the Bargain Grocery initiative in West Utica, focuses on making healthy food options more accessible and affordable, a stark contrast to traditional food pantry models. This method has been effective, distributing over $20 million worth of goods annually to more than 350,000 people without reliance on government funding.
This partnership is a testament to the power of combined efforts in addressing critical issues like food insecurity. Through this collaboration with Compassion Coalition, TCAH adds to the already incredible work they do to address the urgent needs in Brooklyn, enhancing community resilience and advancing the mission of food justice in one of New York City’s key boroughs.