Healthy Food Access
WSCAH has been at the forefront of innovation for over 42 years, developing the first customer-choice supermarket-style pantry in the United States. WSCAH’s customer-choice 86th Street Market offers our customers a choice of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, protein, and dairy.
Beginning in October 2017, WSCAH started to expand its reach, extending our choice offerings in partnerships with 15 like-minded, community-based organizations in Northern Manhattan and The Bronx.
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed significant stress on vulnerable communities across the city. Illness, unemployment, and the ongoing risks of exposure in public spaces have increased food insecurity across NYC and dramatically impacted WSCAH’s operations, customers, and staff.
However, WSCAH has, throughout, ensured continuity of services and remained committed to our mission, serving as a resource for those in need of healthy food and social services. To comply with public health measures and address the unique and emergency need for services, WSCAH food access sites transformed from choice-based shopping experiences to socially distanced streetside distributions and significantly increased services to meet the rapidly growing need in communities across the city.
WSCAH has also expanded our reach, working with community partners to increase our food access sites in NYC from 16 to 65 across all five boroughs.
Last year, WSCAH served over 77,000 customers with 4.4 million pounds of food.
50% of all food distributed was fresh fruits and vegetables.